Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE TALE OF THE MISSING MAN by Manzoor Ahtesham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A sometimes-picaresque, sometimes-somber, always memorable portrait of life in all its glorious complexity, no matter how wearying."
A modern classic of Hindi literature bows in English. Read full book review >
HER KIND OF CASE by Jeanne Winer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."
A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn't want to be saved. Read full book review >

PENELOPE LEMON by Inman Majors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A light and lively sendup of modern woes."
A recently divorced, financially struggling mom faces online dating challenges when a nude picture of her surfaces on the internet. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED FIRES IN CUBA by John Thorndike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A highly recommended rendering of a love affair and mysterious slice of Cuban history."
A young American woman has to choose between her Cuban lover—the father of her child—and the older rico she has married. And in novelist Thorndike's (Anna Delaney's Child, 2011, etc.) telling, this fictionalized history plays out against the early years of the Cuban revolution.Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF COMPASSION by A.B.  Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A well-thought-out legal drama, full of intrigue and duplicity."
Michaels (The Promise, 2016, etc.) offers a historical novel about a surgeon who's accused of murder after mysterious events at a medical clinic leave a man dead. Read full book review >

THE BREAKERS  by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Though it works against suspense and urgency, the emphasis on the regular cast pays off this time in a truly traumatic development you can bet Muller will be exploring in further detail in her next installment."
Sharon McCone's search for the missing daughter of a pair of old friends leads her to a flurry of crimes old and new. Read full book review >
MY PET SERIAL KILLER by Michael J. Seidlinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A stab at satire that's certainly not for all tastes."
"When there's a serial killer living next door, the end is predictable." With that self-fulfilling prophecy, Seidlinger (Standard Loneliness Package, 2018, etc.) turns in a centrifugal contribution to a favorite pop-culture trope. Read full book review >
THE ARID SKY by Emiliano Monge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"While the explicit violence is hard to stomach, Monge's novel is a brutal gem of a book concerned with the burdens of the past."
A blood-soaked yet lyrical story of regrets, memories, and the faint possibility of redemption, set in a parched Mexican mesa. Read full book review >
MODERAN by David R. Bunch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A disturbing, stark, and deeply thought-provoking collection of stories chronicling humankind's demise into heartless automatons."
Originally published in the 1960s and '70s, Bunch's dystopian science-fiction stories, set in his signature realm of Moderan—a futuristic Earth covered in plastic and controlled by warring cyborg warlords—are available in one volume for the first time in 47 years. Read full book review >
THE CAST by Amy  Blumenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A deceptively simple tale that packs an emotional punch."
A reunion of old friends reveals the cracks in their perfect facades in this promising debut novel. Read full book review >
LAST LOOKS by Howard Michael Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"It's fast, funny, and well worth a sequel."
In Gould's debut novel, ex-LAPD cop Charlie Waldo descends from his hill to investigate a high-profile murder. Read full book review >
MAKE ME EVEN AND I’LL NEVER GAMBLE AGAIN by Jerrold  Fine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A leisurely paced but ultimately absorbing story of an aspiring Wall Street trader."
This debut novel follows a young man who, hoping to achieve financial independence, finds himself drawn to the stock market. 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 >