BURNED by Valerie Plame
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"All the elements are in place for a satisfying thriller, but Plame's sophomore effort disappoints."
In former CIA spy Plame's second novel, covert operative Vanessa Pierson is again pitted against rogue arms dealer Bhoot, who, she's surprised to discover, isn't in possession of a miniaturized nuclear prototype smuggled out of Iran. If he isn't, who is? Read full book review >
FIVE MINUTES ALONE by Paul Cleave
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"'All of this killing has made him feel,' Carl's exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him."
Think vigilante killers have it easy? Cleave offers a macabre, compelling demonstration of how Murphy's Law dogs the efforts of ex-cop Carl Schroder to give victims of violent crime the five minutes alone they crave with the criminals who've ruined their lives. Read full book review >

LAST WINTER WE PARTED by Fuminori Nakamura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"While the numerous narrative shifts require a fully engaged reader, the complex—and morally twisted—plot rewards with one unexpected punch after another.
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In a story as claustrophobic as the prison cell housing its villain, a nameless, naïve writer struggles to maintain boundaries while researching the life of a death row prisoner. Read full book review >
BIBLICAL by Christopher Galt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"A complex thriller with a cagey 'what'd I miss?' conclusion."
A convoluted tale involving a U.S. president who's a religious fundamentalist, a worldwide "epidemic of hallucinations" and earthquakes that leave no physical damage. Read full book review >
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal."
A decade after the disappearance of an elephant researcher, her 13-year-old daughter, a washed-up private detective and a has-been psychic team up to find answers. Read full book review >

THE DOUBT FACTORY by Paolo Bacigalupi
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Whether readers ultimately find it passionate, preachy, inspiring or quixotic depends upon their own levels of cynicism; nonetheless, it's a book bound to provoke thought—and arguments. (Thriller. 15 & up)"
The public relations business becomes an unlikely but effective villain in this techno-thriller. Read full book review >
REIGN OF EVIL by Weston Ochse
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"With minimal character development, this is a fast-paced adventure that straddles the worlds of special operations and the paranormal."
A Navy SEAL team defends Britain against supernatural creatures. Read full book review >
Blood Line by John J. Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Sharply written and starring characters readers will be happy to meet again."
This debut thriller finds an entire family on the run from those who would sell bleeding-edge technology to the highest bidder.In Park City, Georgia, Ron and Valerie Granger work for INESCO, a family-owned research company that develops technology for the U.S. government. Read full book review >
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A compulsively readable melodrama."
After her father's sudden death, a daughter discovers disturbing facts about a sister presumed dead more than two decades earlier. Read full book review >
COBRA by Deon Meyer
by Deon Meyer, translated by K.L. Seegers
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"As always, Meyer (Seven Days, 2012, etc.) writes with a strong sense of character and an eye on post-apartheid politics, though the plotting here is slower and less compelling than previous books in the Griessel series."
A chase-themed thriller set in the tense political climate of post-apartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Ryland and Brogan are such a cute couple that you wonder how long it'll be before somebody makes a TV series out of them."
Foreclosure fraud entwines with a 20-year-old murder case in the latest knotty, engrossing mystery-thriller by an award-winning Boston journalist. Read full book review >
THE DELTA by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint."
A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >