Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

FRIDAYS AT ENRICO'S by Don Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"This publication is an important event: Welcome back, Don Carpenter."
Do we need another work about the struggles of writers? Sure, we do—if it has the warmth and charm and sexy vibe of Carpenter's (From a Distant Place, 1988, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
OVERWATCH by Marc Guggenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"After an opening of nasty promise, Guggenheim's debut becomes a predictable slog, with a protagonist we have no desire to see again."
In TV writer Guggenheim's debut novel, a young, newly hired CIA litigator stumbles across evidence that a ruthless shadow agency, without the knowledge of the president, is orchestrating a war between Iran and Israel. Read full book review >

CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not that de Rosnay ever wrote literary fiction, but previous books like Sarah's Key (2008) have more emotional substance than this."
A best-selling French author with writer's block agonizes at a luxurious Italian resort in de Rosnay's oddly static latest (The House I Loved, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FOUNDLING BOY by Michel Déon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Mature, relaxed storytelling, balancing human nature with historical inevitability; a pleasure for traditionalists generally and Francophiles in particular."
Only the second novel by this distinguished French writer to be translated into English: An affectionate slice of provincial life captures the coming of age of a 20th-century soul. Read full book review >

THE SEA HOUSE by Elisabeth Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Gifford's mournful but very readable romance achieves surprising emotional depths. A writer to watch."
On a distant Scottish island, a mermaid myth, a vengeful maid's observations, a minister's breakdown and a haunted woman's psychological barriers combine in a gloomily impassioned gothic exploration of belonging. Read full book review >
NORTHANGER ABBEY by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen's juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile."
In the second installment of the Austen Project, which has contemporary writers updating the classic novels, McDermid (Cross and Burn, 2013, etc.) strives to reinvigorate an overlooked Gothic parody with a 21st-century makeover. Read full book review >
THE STEADY RUNNING OF THE HOUR by Justin Go
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Go is a maximalist (lofty emotions, extreme settings) punching above his weight."
Young love in old Europe; 80 years later, the search for a fortune. Read full book review >
THE EXPEDITION TO THE BAOBAB TREE by Wilma Stockenström
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A challenging, compelling work for readers who are willing to give it the concentration it demands."
An early-1980s South African novel about a female slave living in a tree receives American publication three decades after it was written. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Lois Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Of interest mainly to fans, this collection stands as a tribute to the body of work that has poured out of Duncan's pen since she herself was a girl. (Short stories. 12 & up)"
Readers of a certain age will recall reading Duncan's stories in Seventeen and Calling All Girls. Read full book review >
DEATH MONEY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The plot is familiar and forgettable, but Jack's odyssey is consistently fast-paced, edgy and flavorful. Sometimes it really is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."
NYPD Detective Jack Yu scours Chinatown to find out who killed a man whose body was found miles away. Read full book review >
BAUDELAIRE'S REVENGE by Bob Van Laerhoven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The flowers of evil, sketched in lurid botanical detail."
As the Second Empire wanes, a series of murders baffles a dissolute Parisian police commissioner and his long-suffering factotum. Read full book review >