Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A novel with formidable villains and plentiful action and suspense."
Two government operatives investigate a series of anti-Semitic murders that apparently involve Islamic State terrorists in Winnick's (East Wind, 2015, etc.) latest series thriller.Read full book review >
Threeway by Steven Lubliner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"A slim, funny satire of America's electoral culture."
Lubliner (A Child's Christmas in Queens, 2014) takes on presidential politics in this satirical novel.Read full book review >

The November Working by E.A. Odin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"A chilling, and unfortunately timely, commentary on the dangers of demonizing the other."
Social and political turbulence in the 1930s sets the stage for murder in this debut historical thriller. Read full book review >
Reconfigure by Epredator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A short but punchy tale of a techie who gets in too deep."
Epredator (Cont3xt, 2016) tells the story of a young coder who's suddenly able to manipulate reality in this sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements."
A water-loving girl struggles to find her place on land in this novel. Read full book review >

The Apology by Eric Haggman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"An impressive novel, brimming with action and history, with a lead character that has enough swagger for future adventures."
A filmmaker comes to terms with his past in Southeast Asia while battling denizens of the criminal underworld in this debut political thriller. Read full book review >
TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER by Donis Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The mystery comes in second (or maybe third) to history lessons and paeans to traditional American values in this folksy tale of small towns and big hearts."
Hardworking farm wife Alafair Tucker unravels more mysterious deaths among her Oklahoma neighbors (All Men Fear Me, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role."
Perry (Forty Thieves, 2016, etc.) drives deep into Jack Reacher territory in this stand-alone about a long-ago Army intelligence officer whose less-than-grateful nation just won't let him be. Read full book review >
MINIATURES by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Hella effort but may not make bank."
Kids face every possible pitfall of modern adolescence as they go from eighth grade to senior year of high school in Mill Valley, California. Read full book review >
Transcendent by K.M. Szpara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A varied, remarkable collection of trans-themed fiction."
Szpara edits an anthology of new, speculative short stories from transgender perspectives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >