Books by Sam Gordon

CAPTAIN ROSALIE by Timothée de Fombelle
Released: June 11, 2019

"A spare tale likely to engender deep, complex responses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young child undertakes a "secret mission" while her father is away at war. Read full book review >
STICK TOGETHER by Sophie Hénaff
Released: April 4, 2019

"Best enjoyed by readers who'll happily accept a low surprise quotient in return for needle-sharp portraits of professional infighting among France's finest."
Forced to buy into an unwanted case for a logical but excruciatingly painful reason, Commissaire Anne Capestan drags her squad of Île-de-France rejects (The Awkward Squad, 2017) along for the ride. Read full book review >
INHUMAN RESOURCES by Pierre Lemaitre
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Lemaitre (Three Days and a Life, 2017, etc.) takes his sardonic skills to new heights with this dark, loopy thriller, which portrays the modern workplace as the last place a displaced soul would ever want to be."
Stuck in crummy jobs four years after having been laid off as an HR manager at a costume jewelry store, Alain Delambre will do anything to improve his lot—including shamelessly exploiting his wife and grown daughters. Read full book review >
THE AWKWARD SQUAD by Sophie Hénaff
Released: April 3, 2018

"Hénaff's debut, an amusingly literal Parisian version of Jussi Adler-Olsen's tales about Copenhagen's equally marginal Department Q, combines conscientious mysterymongering with good, somewhat clean fun."
An Île-de-France police squad specifically designed to corral misfits and make the rest of the department look good lands a pair of cold cases that promptly turn red-hot. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF PEARL by Timothée de Fombelle
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A luminous, haunting, intriguingly intricate modern fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Exiled from the "land of fairy tales," a melancholy youth seeks to find his way back. Read full book review >
ALTRUISM by Matthieu Ricard
Released: June 2, 2015

"Inspirational in all the right ways but a challenge to get through it all."
An overlong but vigorous gloss on the Dalai Lama's famous remark, "My religion is kindness." Read full book review >