BESTSELLERS

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden. Read full book review >
NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015
The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type. Read full book review >

ARMADA by Ernest Cline

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015
A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle. Read full book review >
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
Released: July 7, 2015
Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)Read full book review >

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 30, 2008
Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up) Read full book review >
THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY by David E. Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: July 7, 2015
An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture. Read full book review >
A FULL LIFE by Jimmy Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015
A memoir that reads like an epilogue to a life of accomplishment. Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Catherine Coulter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015
The daring duo of Sherlock and Savich (Power Play, 2014, etc.) once again takes on assorted criminals in this wide-ranging thriller. Though Savich's thin case is a runner-up to Sherlock's high-profile investigation, it's the more interesting of the two.Read full book review >
JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
by Jeffrey Brown, illustrated by Jeffrey Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2013
Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE OREGON TRAIL by Rinker Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015
By turns frankly hilarious, historically elucidating, emotionally touching, and deeply informative. Read full book review >
ALLY by Michael B. Oren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015
Even before its publication, Oren's book has been attacked, based on culls of provocative pieces. Readers would do well to attend to the entire text of this fluent, important political memoir. 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 >