Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE NEON PALM OF MADAME MELANÇON by Will Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2017

"A bizarrely soulful ride through New Orleans with corporate high jinks and some mystical, unseen forces adding to the experience."
An oil company lawyer moves home to New Orleans and finds that his fortuneteller mother has disappeared in Clarke's (The Worthy, 2006, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"More perhaps than any of Connelly's much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedurals are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest details, faithfully executed."
The 30th novel by the creator of Harry Bosch (The Wrong Side of Goodbye, 2016, etc.) and the Lincoln Lawyer (The Gods of Guilt, 2013, etc.) introduces an LAPD detective fighting doggedly for justice for herself and a wide array of victims. Read full book review >

THE ART OF FEAR by Pamela Crane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"On its own, a gripping tale of revenge and redemption."
Two psyche-scarred women, bound by tragic pasts and family secrets, vow to find out whether a man's death was a suicide or murder. Read full book review >
THE SHORT STORIES OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Ernest Hemingway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Essential for students of modern literature, offering insight into the mind and methods of one of the greatest practitioners of the story form."
A gathering of some of Papa's best—and not so best—short fiction, the genre for which he first became known and is perhaps most honored today. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A rich, disturbing, and compelling read."
Beautifully crafted and psychologically astute, Osborne's (Hunters in the Dark, 2016, etc.) latest novel takes us on another journey through a heart of moral darkness. Read full book review >

A DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"'I have a tendency, I'm afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,' the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven."
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases (The Novel Habits of Happiness, 2015, etc.) keep getting slighter and slighter. But her exceptionally well-titled 11th may be the slenderest of them all. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A sensuous, sumptuous, and spellbinding novel."
An artist with magical gifts is unable to paint after a series of tragedies makes her question her path, but a visit to an ancient French château forces her to re-evaluate everything. Read full book review >
ARMISTICE by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Though there are a few historical missteps, readers who savor the patient accumulation of detail around each scenario will by now be thoroughly addicted."
Wrapping up the author's latest alternate-history trilogy (Fallout, 2016, etc.), in which he explores the question: what if Truman had used nuclear weapons in the Korean War? Read full book review >
BLAME by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel."
An amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott's (The First Order, 2016, etc.) tense psychological thriller. Read full book review >
THE STARGAZER'S EMBASSY by Eleanor Lerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"An unfortunately muffled novel about coming to terms, on various levels, with one's place in the universe."
A novel that combines the looming shadow of an unhappy mother-daughter relationship with breathless accounts of alien abduction. Read full book review >
THE SMACK by Richard Lange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In this breezy page-turner, Lange shows off his uncommon ability to combine toughness and tenderness."
Down-on-his-luck grifter Rowan Petty is talked into taking part in an iffy get-rich scheme by Dandy Don, an ex-con in Reno, only to be set up for a fall. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Michael F.  Haspil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies; just don't expect too much introspection."
In Haspil's debut novel, two immortal cops—a mummy and a vampire—work to solve killings in a Miami where humans and vampires (as well as other supernatural creatures) have reached a tenuous peace. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >