Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FACIALS CAN BE FATAL by Nancy J. Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Routine poke-your-nose-where-it-doesn't-belong fare, with results as expected."
The death of a philanthropist has Florida salon owner Marla Vail tearing her hair out. Read full book review >
THE BOGUS BONDSMAN by Paul Colt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Colt's elderly male Scheherazade keeps the formulaic story—one near miss after another—moving smartly along from bank to bank. Even non-Western fans who pick this one up by mistake will be beguiled."
1878. A Pinkerton operative signs on with a rival concern just in time to catch a case that will pit him against a resourceful gang of swindlers—and one of his former Pinkerton colleagues. Read full book review >

THE GERMAN by James Patrick Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Hunt (Once Upon a Time in Camelot, 2016, etc.) supplies the perfect antidote for post-election blues: the assurance that all those endless geopolitical calculations could be settled once and for all by a spot of violent personal revenge against the bad actors."
A German intelligence agent who suffered dire consequences when he refused to change a report at the behest of a pair of Americans vows to make them suffer even more. Read full book review >
THE WORLD TO COME by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2017

"A stylist whose fictional expansiveness underscores his singularity."
Shepard's fifth story collection—his first book since his well-received novel, The Book of Aron (2015), which was a Kirkus Prize finalist—demonstrates why he's a writer who defies categorization. Read full book review >
RESTLESS IN L.A. by Robin Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2017

"A formulaic tale about the dangers of temptation."
A mother beleaguered by stress—and frustrated aspirations—risks it all for an illicit affair in this debut novel. Read full book review >

EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Engrossing. Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction."
An ambitious debut about power and family in South Korea with rich character portraits and a strong political heartbeat. Read full book review >
THE HORSEMAN by Tim Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This leisurely curtain raiser, a gloriously devoted poem to England's past, springs to life in its final chapters."
In the foreground of a reverent portrait of pre-World War I England, a talented boy's life is set in motion. Read full book review >
A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR by David Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Another thoughtful, if odd and caustic, story from one of Israel's greatest contemporary writers."
Take my life. Take my life, please…. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN'S TALE by Pam Jenoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An interesting premise imperfectly executed."
A Jewish trapeze artist and a Dutch unwed mother bond, after much aerial practice, as the circus comes to Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A discomfiting, gripping mystery with plenty of sharp edges. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young woman returns for the summer from her mother's in New York City to her dad's house in a small Maine town, intent on uncovering what actually happened to her best friend, who is only officially recognized by the police as missing even though her ex-boyfriend confessed to—but then recanted—having killed her. Read full book review >
10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who's heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teen with severe anxiety struggles to manage her mental health and finds joy in a budding relationship with a new girlfriend. Read full book review >
LATE ARCADE by Nathaniel Mackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An appealingly brash if overworked experimental lark."
An avant-garde jazz sextet hones its craft, hits the road, and tries to make sense of some unusual onstage goings-on. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >