Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

FLUDD by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Witty, offbeat, insightful regarding the trials of Catholicism without bogging down in dogma: a lightly weighted but charming vision of alchemy's noblest endeavors."
A mysterious curate arrives one dark and stormy night to succor the populace - in this dryly comic tale by British novelist Mantel (The Giant, O'Brien, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
WINDCHILL SUMMER by Norris Church Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nicely rendered details of southern small-town life in the '60s, but a debut that tries to do and be too much."
An ambitious, if overplotted, coming-of-ager chronicles the summer of '69, when a murder in a small Arkansas town is connected to the Vietnam War and leads to unsettling revelations. Read full book review >

WEDDING BY THE SEA by Abdelkader Benali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

This unusual debut by a young Moroccan-born Dutch writer, which won major literary prizes in Holland and France, is a fragmented family chronicle doled out in stories shared by young Lamarat Minar and the garrulous taxi-driver "Bucket of Bolts" Chalid, who plays a raffish Sancho Panza to Lamarat's reluctant quixotic searcher. Read full book review >
LAY THE MOUNTAINS LOW by Terry C. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"You are there, you are really there in Johnston's largest, most complex work: an apt hardcover debut in the series."
A sequel to the paperback Cries from the Earth from the vastly prolific Johnston, whose Plainsmen novels always offer more than just pulp-style rehashes of American history. Read full book review >
CIRCLE OF THREE by Patricia Gaffney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A disappointing second outing marked by a thin story and thinner characters."
A conventional take on the well-worn theme of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this time exploring the effects on lives when a husband and father dies suddenly and three generations find the past still shaping their lives. Read full book review >

COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matera."
In her brief introduction to this nine-story retrospective, the chronicler of upscale attorney Laura Di Palma and struggling-scale attorney Willa Janssen explains that several of them began life as full-fledged novels, and it shows. Read full book review >
ONE WOMAN SHORT by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"George's meandering but engaging story gets bite from its sly observations of the emerging black middle class, and color from the delightfully discordant supporting characters: Where else but L.A. can a blustering male porn star meet his match in a plucky Kinko's photocopier?"
Breezy, cleverly assured coming-of-age tale about a savvy, unmarried Los Angeles buppie who explores his bed-hopping past. Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS DR. AUGUST by Christopher Bram
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

A deeply felt novel about the "crimes" of love that ultimately brings fresh meaning to that tired phrase "family values." Read full book review >
THE JEKYL ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"In his mystery debut, horror novelist Monahan (The Blood of the Covenant, 1995, etc.) offers a stalwart hero, an interesting tale, and generally efficient storytelling."
Toward the end of the 19th century, some self-adoring rich men, having found a lovely island off the Georgia coast, have dedicated themselves to the unlovely idea of exclusivity. Read full book review >
THE SLEEP-OVER ARTIST by Thomas Beller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Often accomplished, always interesting work from a writer who seems to be still finding his voice."
Like its predecessor, Seduction Theory (1995), this energetic collection of 12 related short stories explores various formative events in the life of documentary filmmaker Alex Fader. Read full book review >
STOP BREAKIN DOWN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"If it's true that amateurs borrow and professionals steal, when McManus begins a truly larcenous assault on those he admires, he's in for a promising career."
Now and then comes a first book by a writer so young and possessed of unique voice and vision, his promise seems unlimited—that, despite its evident poise and skill, is unfortunately not the case with this highly derivative debut collection. Read full book review >
ANTIGUA AND MY LIFE BEFORE by marcela Serrano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Only intermittently compelling."
This exploration of the mysteries of womanhood, artistic and political commitment, and identity focuses on the lifelong symbiotic friendship between rootless artist-architect Violeta Dasinski and famous pop singer Josefa Ferrer, who tells their story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >