GENESIS CODE by Jamie Metzl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the 'truth' are all inseparably bound together."
An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller addresses up-to-the-minute political currents as seen from a short time in the future. Read full book review >
INTO A RAGING BLAZE by Andreas Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale."
An oddly named but engaging spy thriller translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >

THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Expect Bosch to uncover a nest of vipers as powerful as they are untouchable, but don't expect him to emerge from his Herculean labors a happy man."
The latest and most intricate of Harry Bosch's cold cases (The Black Box, 2012, etc.) begins with a victim who's still cooling off in the morgue.Read full book review >
Blame by Linda Rocker
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A mostly well-told story of justice (or not), with a stable of supporting characters and solid insights into our less-than-shining legal system."
In author Rocker's follow-up to Punishment: A Legal Thriller (2012), a patient overdoses on drugs and his doctor is charged with murder.Jeffrey Klausner is to wed Marcy Nussbaum. Read full book review >
THE FIRE SEEKERS by Richard Farr
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A niche read for advanced, philosophical readers. (author's notes) (Thriller. 14 & up)"
A teen takes on the mysteries of the world—some real, some imagined—in this erudite thriller. Read full book review >

MY SISTER'S GRAVE by Robert Dugoni
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Though the pace lags at times, the characters are richly detailed and true to life, and the ending is sure to please fans."
A Seattle homicide detective is thrust back into a painfully personal case when the remains of her 20-years-vanished younger sister are uncovered in a shallow grave near Cedar Grove, the Washington mountain town where they grew up. Read full book review >
THE WOLF IN WINTER by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"While it helps to have read previous Parker novels, it's not a prerequisite for enjoying this witty and imaginative journey into the darker natures of men and things that go bump in the night."
Parker, Connolly's scarred and battered private detective, continues on the trail of his main quarry—The Collector—but swerves to take a job offered by a homeless man in his 12th outing. Read full book review >
A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Action-adventure, set against the life of Yeshua, the prophet who dared speak against 'the way of the world, protected by position and sword and gold and knowledge.'"
Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real through the fictional Maviah, daughter of Rami bin Malik, Bedu sheikh.Read full book review >
HAVANA STORM by Clive Cussler
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Another super Cussler fun read fit for a lazy weekend."
In a quest connecting Aztecs, the Spanish-American War and boatloads of modern villains, Cussler pater et filius (Poseidon's Arrow, 2012, etc.) chronicle another adventure of the venerable Dirk Pitt, chief of the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Read full book review >
CHAOS IN KABUL by Gérard de Villiers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As for the thrills in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, if you want to know whether Malko succeeds in assassinating Karzai, or whether de Villiers kills off his long-running series hero, you'll just have to read the whole story to find out."
How hard could it be to assassinate an inconvenient Afghan head of state? If you haven't seen any newspapers over the past few years, de Villiers, late (1929-2013) veteran of hundreds of spy thrillers, wants to tell you. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
November 25, 2014

In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >