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July 24, 1994|E.W. Alexander | New this week:

DIXIE CITY JAM, by James Lee Burke. (Hyperion: $22.95). Detective Dave Robicheaux is beseeched by a local to investigate a sunken submarine off the Louisiana coast, which brings back long-forgotten memories. That WWII vessel's surreptitious purpose is about to be revived by a neo-Nazi. (Also available on audiocassette.)

HIDDEN RICHES, by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $21.95). Antique dealer Dora Conroy must call on the sleuthing talents of her new tenant, Jeb Skimmerhorn, to find out why someone is trying to harm her. Could it have something to do with the eclectic artifacts she recently purchased?

OLIVIA, or, The Weight of the Past by Judith Rossner (Crown: $23). The ingredients in Rossner's latest stretch from the Italian culinary scene back to Manhattan cable TV. Toss in a newly independent mother, mix with a resentful daughter and stir.

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