Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE  by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A generation past Red October, the America-hating bad guys have added spyware, hacking, the dark web, and Bitcoins to those ubiquitous AK-47s."
Greaney is at the helm of the action-adventure enterprise built by the military maestro from Maryland (Tom Clancy Commander In Chief, 2016, etc.), this time with a devious yet believable story about radical terrorist attacks in America. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS DAYS by Jeanette Winterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Spooky, inventive, funny, maybe a tad didactic or cloying here and there, Winterson's mixed bag of fictional treats has a 19th-century charm much needed in the grim 21st."
Ghosts, fairies, self-revelation, and friendly seasonal recipes give this collection a potentially wide-ranging appeal for readers as well as gift shoppers. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE TRUTH by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The detection is labored, but the family of suspects is memorably monstrous, and Holt (No Echo, 2016, etc.) even finds time for a welcome and touching Christmas miracle. Ho, ho, ho."
Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen rings in the most wonderful time of the year by investigating a murderous assault on the clan connected with an Oslo shipping company. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
LIES OF THE LAND by Chris Dolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan's very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter's Field (2015)."
The murder of a prominent Scottish lawyer reopens an old case and new wounds. Read full book review >

THE CHOSEN by Kristina Ohlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Warning to the squeamish: things turn out much worse than you could have expected. In retrospect, it's hard to see how it could have been otherwise."
A series of horrific crimes against Stockholm's Jewish community has its roots in the Holy Land, which has never seemed less holy than it does here. Read full book review >
DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Minier (The Circle, 2015, etc.) builds suspense with tantalizing teaspoons of menace and a narrative crafted with believable immediacy. Both protagonists confront their nemeses with a determination that should hook readers and keep them hooked."
In a frigid forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, fever dreams assail Martin Servaz as he struggles to get to safety. Read full book review >
THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
GODS AND ANGELS by David Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Park's stories render the shape-shifting weight of love with a subtle but emotionally penetrating accuracy."
In 13 stories set mostly in his native Northern Ireland, novelist Park (The Poets' Wives, 2014, etc.) explores the emotional lives of men from youth to old age. Read full book review >
EMA THE CAPTIVE by César Aira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An elegant, almost ethereal story of one woman's survival."
A nearly 40-year-old novel by one of Argentina's most prolific writers, finally available in translation. Read full book review >
BAD BOY by Elliot Wake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A fast-paced, mind-bending romantic thriller from an author with humor, heart, and big writing muscles."
A transgender YouTube vlogger has a secret identity as a social justice vigilante. Read full book review >
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? by Kathleen Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Astonishing and essential. A gem."
Published for the first time nearly 30 years after the author's death at age 46, this gorgeous and strikingly intimate short story collection focuses on the lives and loves of black Americans in the 1960s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >