Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

GREEN DEVIL by David Saperstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"One hell of a ride, even though the devils in these details are more comic book than cosmic."
An ancient, fallen archangel will ruin North America with nuclear toxins unless a multicultural force of holy men and heroes can smite the supernatural menace. Read full book review >
MINNOW by James E. McTeer II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"An evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up."
A young boy sets out on an almost mythical quest through a vividly imagined American South in this debut novel. Read full book review >

CASINO QADDAFI by Graham Tempest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"Like 007 with a CPA card—who knew accounting could be so wild?"
Taking place largely in Libya in 2011—just weeks after the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi—Tempest's (Casino Excelsior, 2012, etc.) third financial mystery/thriller featuring forensic accountant Oliver Steele revolves around his mission to locate an illegitimate son of the slain leader. Read full book review >
UP THE HILL TO HOME by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Despite a lack of editorial gumption, this student-run publishing house has turned out a good book."
A three-generation family chronicle by a first-time writer inspired by her grandmother's diary and published by a small press operated by college students might not entice the average reader, but it works out surprisingly well. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >

MADAM PRESIDENT by Nicole Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"The balance is off here, Wallace's comic gifts wasted. What felt frothy and fun in the first books turn leaden when a national tragedy is less important than who slept with or back-stabbed whom."
In this sequel to Eighteen Acres (2010) and It's Classified (2011), her political romps about America's fictional first woman president, political insider and The View co-host Wallace goes darker but not deeper, centering her story on the White House reaction to a major terrorist attack on American soil.Read full book review >
LAVINA by Mary Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Thoughtful fiction that once again exposes the dark enigma of America's racist past and present."
An exploration of race relations in Louisiana from multiple perspectives, including those of a 12-year-old white girl and her family's African-American housekeeper. Read full book review >
YOUR NEXT BREATH by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Even die-hard Johansen fans will find disappointment between the covers of this white-hot mess of a book."
Gorgeous superspy Catherine Ling finds her world falling apart as a vicious killer she once sent to prison tries to wipe her past off the map. Read full book review >
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman 'swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated.'"
British author Nevill (House of Small Shadows, 2014, etc.) out-Kings Stephen in this intense tale of séances, houses of ill repute and pervert convicts captured by The Other.Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout."
The narrator of the six-volume memoir-novel confronts his late teens, in which he defies his father by behaving much like him. Read full book review >
THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"The novel moves at a brisk pace, and DeLeeuw provides back stories for his characters that make them complex and convincing."
A smart novel focusing on two moral issues: organ trafficking and, literally, getting away with murder. Read full book review >
THE BRINK by Austin Bunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bunn's compelling stories are at their best when navigating chaotic landscapes, whether emotional or literal."
In this wide-ranging collection, characters must cope with changing, hazardous landscapes and wrestle with fundamental truths about themselves. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >