Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE AMERICAN QUARTER by Jabbour Douaihy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2017

"A brief but rich story of lives intersecting because and in spite of post-9/11 violence."
A cross-section of life in one Tripoli neighborhood, from a wealthy resident to a housecleaner to a terrorist. Read full book review >
SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The story is modest, the poetry superb. A most worthy valediction."
A sharply observed, slender novel set in familiar Shepard (The One Inside, 2017, etc.) territory: a dusty, windblown West of limitless horizons and limited means of escape. Read full book review >

ELMET by Fiona Mozley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Mozley's instantaneous success—this debut landed straight on the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist—is a response to the stylish intensity of her work, which boldly winds multiple genres into a rich spinning top of a tale."
A not-always-gentle giant and his two children live peacefully in the woods, but the push and pull of old forces will eventually find them, and the results will be explosive. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Of course the stories are uneven, often overlong and over-explained, and occasionally, like the all-too-aptly titled 'This King Business,' just plain silly. No matter. Fans of hard-boiled fiction will know the holy grail when they see it."
At long last, Black Lizard collects all 28 of the Op's completed stories, plus the opening chapter of one incomplete tale and the original Black Mask serializations of the novels that were revised and published as Red Harvest and The Dain Curse. Read full book review >
THE WICKED VAMPIRE  by Kate Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Electric and dangerous; a must-read for paranormal romance fans."
A dark and sexy paranormal romance between a vampire and a berserker trying to live life on their own terms despite being sworn enemies. Read full book review >

BEAU DEATH by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Through it all, Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician who knows the audience won't see through his deceptions no matter how slowly he unveils them. Next up, presumably: the Avon and Somerset CID investigate the extinction of the dinosaurs."
DS Peter Diamond's 17th outing may be the coldest cold case he's ever seen. Read full book review >
YOU CAN RUN by Steve Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma guaranteed to play havoc with both your brain cells and your heartbeat."
A troubled cop, an even more troubled novelist, and a serial killer go 15 feverish rounds. Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE CASKET by Katherine Hall Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The mystery, though surprising enough, is outshone by family problems, detailed descriptions of the setting, and devilishly delicious food."
A coffin as a birthday gift is either a bizarre joke or a very bad omen. Read full book review >
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING by David Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Another wetwork nightmare that should delight fans of Haters and intrigue writers who wallow in the genre."
Fifteen people trapped on a remote island in the North Sea struggle to survive during a violent outbreak. Read full book review >
THE WAKE UP by Catherine Ryan Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Like Hyde's bestselling Pay It Forward, this novel casts light into the dark recesses of human emotions, offering the welcome balm of romance."
As he's hunting a magnificent buck, cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte's bullet pierces the animal's heart. At the same time, Aiden falls to the ground in excruciating pain. Read full book review >
THE YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS by Yan Lianke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Inspired, one imagines, by the terrible headlines of famine, climate change, and simple uncertainty; Yan draws on the conventions of folklore and science fiction alike to produce memorable literature."
Apocalyptic, eerie visions in two novellas by much-honored Chinese writer Yan (The Explosion Chronicles, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
DARK DAWN OVER STEEP HOUSE by M.R.C. Kasasian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"In their fifth adventure, Kasasian's mismatched detective team (The Secrets of Gaslights Lane, 2017, etc.) is in fine form for fans who like convoluted plots, lovingly detailed gore, and mean-spirited humor. The squeamish should approach with caution or not at all."
A Victorian detective with a unique style and the ward who doubles as his assistant track down a serial rapist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >