Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

MOBIUS DICK by Andrew Crumey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2015

"An intellectually nimble doomsday scenario that makes all those worries of creating an accidental black hole at the Large Hadron Collider sound benign by comparison."
Worlds collide when a university professor stumbles across a machine that threatens the fabric of the universe. Read full book review >
THE OTHER JOSEPH by Skip Horack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bracketed by stunning revelations, Horack's luminous tale offers perceptive insights about the elemental connections of family."
In Horack's (The Eden Hunter, 2010, etc.) latest, Roy Joseph learns that "grief never leaves, it just mutates."Read full book review >

THE POSER by Jacob Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A strong debut that remains steadily written, even as it drifts away from its best material."
Rubin's debut novel tells an imaginative story of American emptiness. Read full book review >
THE DYNAMITE ROOM by Jason Hewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An unusual, intricate drama delivered with accomplishment."
In a remote English house during World War II, innocence and experience fuel the cat-and-mouse game played out between an imaginative child and a conflicted German soldier. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM BAGHDAD! by Saad Hossain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A gonzo adventure novel that shreds the conventional wisdom that pulp can be pigeonholed."
In the dark days leading up to the Iraq War, two black marketeers blunder into an ancient conspiracy involving a secret sect of Islamic mystics. Read full book review >

PASTURE ART by Marlin Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Barton is generous and sympathetic toward his characters, no matter how much of a handful they are. A pleasing collection, humane and well-written."
Literate, deftly constructed stories of backwoods Alabama. Read full book review >
THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"With surprisingly little suspense and a cast ranging from unremarkable to unlikable, this tepid whodunit fails to satisfy."
A housewife struggling to control her bipolar disorder fears she's responsible for the brutal murder of her neighbor. Read full book review >
FORGIVENESS 4 YOU by Ann Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bauer (The Forever Marriage, 2012, etc.) writes with humor and compassion about a business that is both bizarre and entirely all too real and the flawed and ultimately human characters behind it."
In a time when most anything can be bought and sold, forgiveness and absolution are hot commodities. Read full book review >
LIKE A WOMAN by Debra Busman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Finding the depth in a character's struggle is the novelist's task, and Busman does get there but somehow does not make her protagonist specific enough until the very end."
A look at the scorched-earth terrain of a miserable childhood and hardscrabble life on the streets; there's a tough girl named Taylor at the center, coming of age in some of the hardest circumstances. Read full book review >
LESS THAN HERO by S.G.  Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"This is a funny, inventive exploration of the dangers inherent in our overmedicated culture. Readers who enjoy a dash of sharp wit with their comic-book shenanigans should enjoy tagging along on Lloyd's everyday-superhero exploits."
Browne's (Big Egos, 2013, etc.) latest novel is a social-satire-meets-amateur-superhero saga that deftly skewers the money-grubbing slickness of the pharmaceutical industry—as well as American culture's propensity to pop a pill for absolutely anything that ails us, regardless of how outrageously unpredictable the side effects may be. Read full book review >
THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Aleksandr Tuvim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An epic novel of good and evil that may have more ambition than its story can support."
In a dark future where water is scarce and disease runs rampant, a young revolutionary plots the downfall of an authoritarian government. Read full book review >
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting."
Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it's unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >