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 >
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 >

THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
by Nina George, translated by Simon Pare

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
A charming novel that believes in the healing properties of fiction, romance, and a summer in the south of France. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015
This page-turner deepens Allon's legend and illuminates more of his shadowy world, all while cementing Silva's place among the top tier of spy thriller writers. Read full book review >
THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015
This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around. Read full book review >
THE RUMOR by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: June 16, 2015
Once again, Hilderbrand displays her gift for making us care most about her least likable characters. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015
Unlike the previous installment (The Fifth Assassin, 2013), this one doesn't provide much in the way of exposition but instead throws you unceremoniously into the deep end. Fans will survive, but unwary newcomers had better watch their backs.Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Joseph Finder

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 2015
Finder returns with another thriller that will have you shaking your head over the protagonist's actions but still turning the pages to find out what happens next. Read full book review >
PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015
Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >