Cult of Ku by Bill Fernandez
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"An edifying novel that explores cultural conflicts in Hawaii between the world wars that is hampered by an overly ambitious, frequently turbid plot."
Fernandez (Kapa'a, 2015, etc.) incorporates Hawaiian history, folklore, and labor struggles into a 1920-set mystery packed with violence and murder.Read full book review >
Tuesday's Child by Damian Smith

"A novel that methodically works its way to the end, ensuring a well-whetted appetite for mystery."
An Oregon lawyer learns that he has a 5-year-old daughter but soon finds himself a murder suspect when the girl's mother turns up dead in Smith's debut thriller. Read full book review >

DARK SKY by Joel Canfield
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A detective story whose imperfect protagonist boasts endearing qualities just below his rakish exterior."
A former CIA agent tries to prove a dead war hero isn't actually dead and runs afoul of a private security company that may want to silence him in this thriller. Read full book review >
Pages in the Wind by Sally Saylor  De Smet
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"A dark, stirring novel with a riveting final twist whose implications linger well after the last page."
A mystery about the cascading consequences of childhood trauma, as seen through the eyes of a young prison inmate. Read full book review >
Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu by Alexander Marmer
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A well-researched take on the pyramids' creation successfully disguised as a smart thriller."
Marmer's debut novel explores the many secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read full book review >

NOBLE CHASE by Michael Rudolph
Released: April 19, 2016

"A dandy debut novel featuring lawyers with both integrity and nautical skills."
A fast-moving legal thriller that's resolved on the high seas instead of in a courtroom. Read full book review >
THE EXILED by Christopher Charles
Released: April 19, 2016

"Edgy and satisfying. A sequel would be most welcome."
Under a pseudonym, the author of Jonah Man (2012) delivers a dark tale of a Brooklyn undercover cop who becomes a homicide detective in the Southwest.Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM HOME by Adam Mitzner
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engrossing little gem that starts slow and gets better."
A Wall Streeter on the way up digs himself a huge hole in attorney Mitzner's (Losing Faith, 2015, etc.) latest offering.Read full book review >
POISONOUS by Allison Brennan
Released: April 12, 2016

"This novel, aptly named, won't win Brennan new fans but will doubtless please established ones."
Brennan (No Good Deed, 2015, etc.) trots out her newest character, muckraking investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere, who's back in California to solve another crime.Read full book review >
DEADLY SAVAGE by Dave Edlund
Released: April 28, 2016

"Crackling action, brisk pace, timely topic; Edlund's third Savage thriller (Relentless Savage, 2015, etc.) has all the elements, if little subtlety."
While visiting his scientist father in Belarus, a military gun designer stumbles into a deadly international plot. Read full book review >
THE LETTER WRITER by Dan Fesperman
Released: April 19, 2016

"Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he's created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired."
Many mysteries play out on the big stage of World War II-era New York, where information is the currency of the times. Read full book review >
Almost Mortal by Christopher Leibig

"A poised protagonist leads this serpentine but engaging legal tale."
A Virginia public defender aims to protect a priest by stopping a confessed serial killer from committing another murder in this thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >