Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BACK LASH by Chris Knopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2016

"Though Knopf (Cop Job, 2015, etc.) keeps the pot steadily simmering, this seventh case, middling for the series, is more notable for its human relationships than its whodunit."
Sam Acquillo tackles a cold case that arouses his warmest feelings: the murder of his father 40 years ago. Read full book review >
A CAST OF FALCONS by Steve Burrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Burrows' bird-watching expertise lends authenticity to an excellent mystery whose conflicted protagonist faces hard decisions."
A police detective with a tough case is distracted by moral ambiguities in his own life. Read full book review >

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Like the successful screenwriter that he is, Hawley piles on enough intrigues and plot complications to keep you hooked even if you can spot most of them a sea mile away."
In the latest by TV writer and novelist Hawley (The Good Father, 2012, etc.), a struggling artist becomes a hero twice—first by saving a young boy's life, then by outsmarting the anchor of a Fox-like conservative TV network. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SOLDIER by Harry Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"You couldn't call this novel an anti-war tract; it's too grounded in matters of patriotism and duty for that. But you could certainly label it a pro-understanding work of art—and those may be more in need right now than ever before."
This debut novel by a British combat veteran chronicles a soldier's maiming and recovery with an inventiveness that in no way mitigates war's searing heartbreak—or the spirit's indomitability. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Leigh Himes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Himes explores what could have been in this charming debut novel."
A stressed-out wife and mother finds that appreciating her life will require a fresh perspective. Read full book review >

JUNE by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A lightly gothic tale of hearts broken and mended in small-town America."
Love between a small-town girl and one of Hollywood's leading men leads to murder, blackmail, and secrets. Read full book review >
HITLER, MUSSOLINI, AND ME by Charles Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A sardonic take on human nature and a wry deconstruction of the 'banality of evil.'"
A young Irish art historian living in Rome leads a tour for two men he calls The Flatulent Windbag and The Constipated Prick. Read full book review >
THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Cathy Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Both lively and thought-provoking, this book is well worth reading."
An impoverished noblewoman takes to petty crime until a handsome duke shows interest in marrying her. But does she even want a fairy-tale ending? Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"The romance is a bit overworked, but there have certainly been worse examples of these established tropes."
Morgan's latest contemporary romance focuses on the ups and downs of being a modern career girl in the big city. Read full book review >
HOT LITTLE HANDS by Abigail Ulman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Nine short stories, all wry, authentic, and moving."
A vivid collection of short stories about young girls and women on the cusp of major life changes. Read full book review >
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Phillips proves yet again that she is an intuitive, emotionally resonant writer who is willing to consider some of life's biggest questions and offer, yes, a few possible solutions."
The short stories in this darkly absorbing collection remind us of the hope and humanity, the warmth, joy, and love that can be found in even the bleakest circumstances. Read full book review >
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"The third and best of a finely wrought series (Skies of Ash, 2015, etc.) that gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective."
Talented African-American teenagers from a poor LA neighborhood are targeted by a serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >