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Local books: Cleopatra as vampire, plus histories of the E.coli outbreak and an elite Army Air Force unit

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“Queen of Kings: the Immortal story of Cleopatra” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Dutton, $25.95). after mark Antony commits suicide, a grief-stricken Cleopatra summons Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction. Cleopatra becomes a “vampiric creature of mythical proportions,” and complications ensue. Headley, author of the memoir “The Year of yes,” divides her time between Seattle and new York City.

“Poisoned: the true story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat” by Jeff Benedict (Inspire Books, $24.95). the story of the deadly 1993 E.coli outbreak, traced to Jack in the Box restaurants, that sickened 500 Washington state customers. many were children, including three who died. Seattle lawyer William Marler, who represented many of the victims, is a key character in the book. Benedict is an English professor at Southern Virginia University.

“Compact with the Devil” by Bethany Maines (Atria, $15). A new spy spoof by the author of “Bulletproof Mascara,” involving a hunt for a Basque anarchist by operative Nikki Lanier, who is distracted from that and other duties by “a fresh-out-of-rehab pop star with dangerously nice eyes.” Maines lives in Tacoma.

“57th Fighter Group: first in the Blue” by Carl Molesworth (Osprey, $25.95). A new, copiously illustrated history of an “elite and heroic — though little known — aviation unit” — the first U.S. Army Air Force fighter unit to go into action in North Africa in World War II. Molesworth lives in Mount Vernon.

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