BESTSELLERS

FATAL by John Lescroart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less. Read full book review >
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book. Read full book review >

CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions. Read full book review >
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose. Read full book review >

ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE GREAT EQUALIZER by David M. Smick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Is all this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Perhaps so, but Smick's call for a fairer capitalism makes for bracing reading for students of the modern economy and polity. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world. Read full book review >
RING OF FIRE  by Brad Taylor

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A page-turner that's enriched by the author's obvious familiarity with the intricacies of combating 21st-century terrorism. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2016
Sensational subject matter aside, this thriller is a sleeper. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >