BESTSELLERS

POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel. Read full book review >
IDENTICAL by Scott Turow

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2013
Classic (in more senses than one) Turow. Read full book review >

JUST ONE EVIL ACT by Elizabeth George

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
George's fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she's quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, he's as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word. Read full book review >
SILENT NIGHT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
The mystery is even less robust than Parker's own final cases for the peerless PI, but Spenser lets nothing him dismay. If this adventure lights the tree, expect Christmas tales starring Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >
WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
We all know that life is tangled and messy. Still, in reminding readers of this fact, Lamb turns in a satisfyingly grown-up story, elegantly written. Read full book review >

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A standout—and well worth the wait. Read full book review >
ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Though flawed, the story provides a thought-provoking metaphor for crucial conflicts of adolescence, as have its predecessors. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)Read full book review >
EMERALD GREEN by Kerstin Gier
by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Ruby Red series fans will not be disappointed with this surprising and romantic finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation. (Science fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS by Shannon Hale
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Royal good fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
FOCUS by Daniel Goleman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
A lively personalized account of the science of attention, which "ripples through most everything we seek to accomplish." Read full book review >
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by Ann Rule

VERDICT: SKIP IT
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013
Rule's die-hard fans may be enamored, but other true-crime fans won't find much more than a yawn lurking between these pages. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >