BESTSELLERS

THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2015
Boyle's vision and ambition remain compelling, though his characters here seem like plot devices. Read full book review >
AT THE WATER'S EDGE by Sara Gruen

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015
At heart, this is an unlikely romance novel. A little too unlikely. Read full book review >

THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 31, 2015
Another page-turning thriller blending history, speculation and fast-paced action. Read full book review >
CUBA STRAITS by Randy Wayne White

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015
Cuba provides the perfect setting for White's recent fondness for episodic, hallucinatory quests (Bone Deep, 2014). The next few months' headlines will determine whether his view of contemporary Cuba is remarkably prophetic or yesterday's news.Read full book review >
THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015
Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent. Read full book review >

HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015
A smart book that entertains page by page but doesn't add up to anything larger. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015
Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own. Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs. Read full book review >
COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015
The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts.Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015
On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED by C.J. Box
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015
All the action and suspense of Box's long string of high-country adventures, with a solution that's considerably tighter and more satisfying than most of them. One of Joe's best. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
A brilliant work. 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 >