Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

Gardeners by Véronique Bizot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well regarded in France, her native country, Bizot's first appearance in this language is a gift to English-speaking readers."
A slim collection of stories by turns witty, mysterious, and absurd. Read full book review >
Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch."
Giordano (Birds of Passage, 2014) introduces Anthony Provati, a reckless Lothario who becomes a hunted man in a global showdown of vicious organized criminals and terrorists. Read full book review >

BLOOD MOON by Ruth Hull Chatlien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2017

"A subtle dramatization of the conflict between white settlers and Native Americans in the 19th century."
In this work of historical fiction set in the Midwest during the Civil War, Sioux warriors seize a woman and her children. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY POINT OF CONTACT by Mike Maden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there."
Scion of Clancy's family of all-American heroes, Jack Ryan Jr. usually goes armed as a special-ops warrior for The Campus, but this time he's equipped with a Zebra F-701 pen as Maden (Drone Threat, 2016, etc.) offers his first entry in the late master's oeuvre (Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
A JUST CLAUSE by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Though Barrett's character-driven series never provides very memorable mysteries, fans who are invested in the lives of the two sisters will welcome this angst-filled installment."
Which would you prefer, a murder investigation or a family crisis? Barrett gives her sister heroines both. Read full book review >

LOCKDOWN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"'Your purpose is to show how things tie together,' the harried principal reflects as zero hour looms. King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable."
King turns from recording the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife (The Murder of Mary Russell, 2016, etc.) to a more hard-edged and contemporary subject: the day a shooter seething with resentment descends on a coastal California school. Read full book review >
ENDGAME by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Middling, professional-grade work for this long-running series, whose most notable feature is a broad hint in its closing pages that it may well be its nameless hero's last case."
An autumnal pair of cases for the Nameless Detective Agency explores the strains in two very different marriages. Read full book review >
THE SUBSTITUTE by Nicole Lundrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A feast for fans who miss Patricia Highsmith's and Margaret Millar's haunting anatomies of people as nice as pie except for their murders."
The violent death of one of his middle school students in his own largely unexplored backyard opens gaping wounds in the life of a substitute teacher. Read full book review >
SOLERI by Michael Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A pedestrian opening volume."
First installment of a fantasy series featuring a power struggle over the remains of an ancient empire, from the co-author (with wife Melissa de la Cruz) of the Heart of Dread trilogy (Golden, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SACRED ERA by Yoshio Aramaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A badly translated and misogynistic sci-fi relic."
A surreal dystopian tale originally published in the 1970s is the Japanese author's first novel to be translated into English. Read full book review >
THE RELUCTANT HIGHLANDER by Amanda Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Historical fiction with a touch of romance and a list of sources for readers interested in following up on the bloody clashes of 15th-century Scottish clans."
In this medieval romance, a young knight and a sheltered teen join in holy arranged matrimony while feudal unrest ripples around them during the rule of James I, King of Scotland. Read full book review >
FOREVER AND A DEATH by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Not as tough as Westlake's Richard Stark stories about Parker, not as humorous as his tales of the hapless thief Dortmunder, but a posthumous bonus fans will cherish anyway."
Fans of the beloved Westlake (1933-2008) will rejoice in this unexpected treat: a novel based on a treatment for a 1997 James Bond movie that the Chinese government's displeasure prevented from going into production. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >