Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

GUILTY MINDS by Joseph Finder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Finder shows off his top-notch storytelling skills, moving with ease from high places to low in the nation's capital."
Hired to clear the chief justice of the United States of dallying with a call girl, Boston-based investigator Nick Heller becomes entwined in a complicated scheme that leads to murder. Read full book review >
TOP TO BOTTOM by Delphine Dryden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2016

"A racy story of love, honesty, and the willingness to lose control."
Personal trainer Amie (or Mistress Amie, as she is known by the people in her town's kink community) has her life all figured out, until her ex Dru shows up and throws everything out of whack. Read full book review >

Deadly Risks by Lew Paper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2016

"Catnip for conspiracy theorists and fans of fast-paced thrillers."
Murder by jungle lion gets this CIA-laced story off to a rousing start. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WIDOW  by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A dark thriller for difficult times."
A fitting (supposedly) final mission for one of fiction's greatest spies. Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Blakely tackles a heist novel that's heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won't care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more."
Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart. Read full book review >

SARONG PARTY GIRLS by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rowdy tale, memorable language, and a very distinctive protagonist."
One young Singaporean woman's meandering journey toward self-actualization. Read full book review >
BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Jessica Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Half rollicking sendup of celebrity philanthropy and half meaningful meditation on marriage, friendship, family, and adulthood, Winter's curious, captivating novel seems to teeter at times between split purposes but ultimately finds a pleasing balance."
Work woes and fertility issues, female friendships and marital challenges are among the factors at play in this satirical novel. Read full book review >
THE YEAR 200 by Augustín de Rojas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"This outsized so-called classic should have stayed in the past."
In this newly translated 1990 book from de Rojas, one of Cuba's pre-eminent sci-fi writers, sleeper agents emerge from the past to wrest control of the future. Read full book review >
FREE FRIDAYS by Pat Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An unromantic yet hopeful look at the problems and possibilities presented by modern marriage that doesn't fully meet the challenge of its complex premise."
Set among a group of rich African-American Houstonians, Tucker's (Somebody Has to Pay, 2015) novel explores the impact of friends and family on a troubled marriage, for better and worse. Read full book review >
NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >
TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Computer-game style: formulaic but exhilarating."
Second installment of a series (Time Salvager, 2015) in which time travelers salvage what they can from the past to help sustain a solar system ravaged by corporate wars. Read full book review >
MEDEA'S CURSE  by Anne Buist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Overplotted and overdramatic; Buist's heroine never seems to have a normal half-hour. But readers who aren't put off by the unsparing accounts of women placed in extremis by themselves or wicked men will cheer the arrival of an authentic dragon slayer."
Australian mental health specialist Buist's first novel features (wait for it) an Australian mental health specialist whose caseload, it's to be hoped, is a lot more volatile than her author's. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >