Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

NEW AMERICAN STORIES by Ben Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"For students of the short story form, a handy gathering, though it's in need of more interpretation."
Middling collection of new stories, some by very old hands. Read full book review >
THE RED COLLAR by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Rufin's novel is meticulous and orderly in its depictions of basically sympathetic characters trying to understand one another and find a common ground."
A heroic veteran of World War I faces trial for a mysterious offense. Read full book review >

THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious."
Can a talented but struggling chef find love with a critic who wrote a scathing review of her restaurant? Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE TIDES by Susannah Marren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"To follow the theme, there's a depth of feeling here but the writing is adrift."
A cautionary tale of suburban life by debut author Marren. Read full book review >
What Makes It Worthy  by David Paul Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Insightful politicalcommentary that will keep readers immersed.
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A political novel documents both the cynical lows and romantic highs of campaign life in America, as experienced by two reporters. Read full book review >

MY IMPENDING DEATH by Michael Laser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2015

"Laser lulls you into dislike of his protagonist and then mounts a steamroller of a novel. This book is a well-written, welcome surprise."
The moral of this fine novel is that there's hope for everyone, unless of course you screw it up. Read full book review >
THE BLOODING by James McGee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2015

"Captivating action, page upon page, from a Regency-era Bond or Bourne."
Matthew Hawkwood of the Bow Street Runners, the British crown's special police unit, finds himself stuck in America, trying to wend his way home to London while the Yankees are at war with Britain. Read full book review >
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading."
The long-awaited, much-discussed sequel that might have been a prequel—and that makes tolerably good company for its classic predecessor. Read full book review >
Black Dawn by Cristin Harber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Sure to appease readers interested in romance, but Harber supports it with a solid thriller foundation.
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A hacker stuck in a destructive relationship fends off terrorists all while being wooed by a handsome fellow hacker in Harber's (Hart Attack, 2014) romantic thriller. Read full book review >
The Opposite of Love by T.A. Pace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A volcanic mix of kinky intimacy, casual hookups, and emotionally crippled lovers make this a memorable read."
A cop and a sexy but ambivalent real estate executive explore the limits of rough sex, control, and love in this Pace's debut erotic novel. Read full book review >
GENOA by Paul Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A welcome reappearance of an influential sui generis story."
A reissue of the 1965 cult classic by Metcalf (1917-1999) that weaves together stories by Herman Melville, Christopher Columbus, and an emotionally rattled narrator. Read full book review >
ONE BOY MISSING by Stephen Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sweetly told tale of fatherhood and loss, but American readers may have difficulty trying to deduce the meaning of a 'footy club' and other expressions peculiar to Australia."
A small-town detective fights demons from his past as he scrambles to find a kidnapped child in this Australian import. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >