Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DISGRACED by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Lola's third (Dakota, 2014, etc.) is a gut-wrenching mystery/thriller that explores prejudice and the incredible stress on soldiers in a seemingly unending war with no clear goals."
A favor for a friend leads a reporter to a stunning story and life-altering decisions. Read full book review >
NIGHT ROAD by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"A bonus: just when you think you know exactly how this mishmash will turn out, DuBois throws in a pleasing final surprise that will make you forgive the soft-boiled ending."
A truck laden with suspicious and perhaps dangerous cargo is crossing from Canada to the U.S., and everyone on either side of the border wants a piece of the action. Read full book review >

DEATH & THE BREWMASTER'S WIDOW by Loretta Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"The second case for Death and Wren (Death of the Redheaded Woman, 2015) uses an intriguing premise to flesh out the charming detective duo."
Tragedy stalks a pair of brothers, one of them dead, the other one Death. Read full book review >
DRAWING BLOOD by Deirdre Verne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Familiarity with CeCe's debut (Drawing Conclusions, 2015) will help readers digest the complex back story. But her second case is every bit as twisty and surprising."
A dysfunctional family to die for. Read full book review >
THE DRUM WITHIN by James R. Scarantino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Come what may, Aragon never loses her focus on tying Cody to an older homicide he was linked to years ago, with results equally surprising to her and the reader. First of a welcome series."
A Santa Fe homicide detective fights to make a case against a high-profile killer she's responsible for setting free. Read full book review >

PIECE OF MIND by Michelle Adelman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"This labor of love pens a soft-edged portrait of a subject who struggles to grasp complexity."
A wayward woman with little executive function tries to wrest back control of her life. Read full book review >
HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >
KINGFISHER by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Fantasy lovers looking for a lighter touch amid all those vampires, zombies, werewolves, and industrial-strength malefactors will find this a refreshing change of pace."
A delicately wrought, twinkle-eyed fantasy from the accomplished author of The Bards of Bone Plain (2010, etc.).Read full book review >
REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A fun and satisfying grown-up update on Suze's life."
Suze Simon faces a curse and an angry ghost in the first adult installment of Cabot's Mediator series (Twilight, 2004, etc.).Read full book review >
WICKED SEXY LIAR by Christina Lauren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A hypersexy, sophisticated romance that perfectly captures the hunger, thrill, and doubt of young, modern love."
When a surfing mishap convinces London that going home with lady-killer Luke is a good idea, she's drawn to him despite his reputation. Read full book review >
MURDER OF A LADY by Anthony Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This classic British mystery, first published in 1931, has enough complex plotting and red herrings to win a new generation of fans for the largely forgotten Wynne."
A talented amateur sleuth takes on a locked-room murder in this golden age whodunit. Read full book review >
A DECENT RIDE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This novel isn't for the squeamish, prudish, or faint of heart."
When Ronald Checker hops into the back of Terry "Juice" Lawson's taxi late one night in Edinburgh, on the eve of Hurricane Bawbag, Terry finds himself entangled in various webs of love, lust, money, and violence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >