Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

RECOUNTING by Luis Goytisolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2017

"The story is long but engaging as the novel morphs into a memorial to a humanist civilization under siege, its icons not just Joyce, but also other modernists such as Proust and Hermann Broch. It holds up just fine in such company."
Sprawling bildungsroman—itself the first installment of a much larger tetralogy—of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath in Catalonia by Barcelona-born novelist Goytisolo. Read full book review >
SONORA by Hannah Lillith Assadi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2017

"Lyrical, raw, and moving."
A coming-of-age story set largely in the surreal desert-world of Phoenix. Read full book review >

MAN OVERBOARD by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can't seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot."
A shipboard tragedy is prologue to a deadly cyberduel. Read full book review >
THE BREAKING OF A WAVE by Fabio Genovesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize for Young Authors, this immense, good-natured, self-indulgent tale offers a cumulative celebration of life in shaggy dog form."
After a tragedy, a quirky collection of adults and children fashions a new kind of family connected by commonplace philosophy, community, and the possibility of better. Read full book review >
BLUSH FOR ME by Kristen Proby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"With the third book in her Fusion series, Proby proves that she's a vintage that ripens with each page."
When Kat hooks up with Mac on her out-of-town sexcation, the last thing she expects is for their no-strings fling to turn into something deeper. Read full book review >

BAKER STREET IRREGULARS by Michael A. Ventrella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Less notable as independent creations than as provocations to think about Holmes and the Sacred Canon in innovative ways bound to lead to next year's anthologies."
When has Sherlock Holmes changed so much that he's no longer Sherlock Holmes? In this aptly titled collection, 13 new adventures of Holmes and Watson, more or less, push the envelope far beyond Baker Street. Read full book review >
VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families' fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded."
In his 17th adventure, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (Off the Grid, 2016, etc.) goes another 15 rounds with surviving members of the toxic Cates family. Read full book review >
A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Against all odds, the harrowing back story and repeated doses of present-tense violence make the investigation not so much shocking as deeply, heart-wrenchingly sad. It'll be a long time before intrepid readers who enter Masterman's latest labyrinth shake off its suffocating spell."
Even though her father is hovering near death, Brigid Quinn, put out to pasture in Tucson, can't help responding to another request from her old FBI friend Laura Coleman (Rage Against the Dying, 2013) to help with a cold case that turns red-hot. Read full book review >
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure."
In the first of a new series, brutal politics and pitiless physics threaten an interstellar empire built on trade. Read full book review >
THE ARRANGEMENT by Sarah Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Dunn's dryly humorous story about a marriage that goes dangerously off-road never loses its groove."
This novel about a couple that agrees to have an open marriage, for a limited time only and while adhering to certain rules, is a polished, amusing, and highly entertaining take on modern relationships, parenthood, and suburbia. Read full book review >
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chock-full of emotional insight and comic verve, Unferth's beguiling stories are not to be missed."
A stunning debut collection from Unferth (Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, 2011, etc.), in which a maverick cast of lonely characters wades through life's uncertainties. Read full book review >
THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A literary achievement: a complex, character-driven story that's powerful in concept and execution."
Two brothers set out on Georgia's mystical Altamaha River, "a long, dark muscle in the earth," to float down to the seacoast, intent on scattering the ashes of their father, "a man of the river….A keeper of it." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >