Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

PACIFIC BURN by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The third Jim Brodie thriller is a solid, action-filled effort but lacks the edgy excitement of the first and best installment, Japantown (2013)."
In the third big case taking him from his home in San Francisco to his native Japan, antiques dealer-cum-detective Jim Brodie tracks down the killers who have been knocking off the members of a friend's family. Read full book review >
THE LAST WEYNFELDT by Martin Suter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Although enjoyable, Weynfeldt's story doesn't leave much of a lasting impression, for better or worse."
Fine art, fine wine, and old money collide with forgery and extortion in Zurich. Read full book review >

RED INK by Julie Mayhew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A taut portrayal of grief, pain, and the ties that bind families, to be read with a careful, critical eye. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
In her debut novel, Mayhew deftly explores the ways the sudden death of 15-year-old Melon's mother affects their family's oral history. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO DEATH by Leigh Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The picturesque setting can't make up for a plot that depends on the characters' keeping too much to themselves, living in denial, and generally behaving stupidly. Pray that the heroine's a little more sensible next time out."
A family vacation turns into a nightmare in this series debut. Read full book review >
THE VATICAN PRINCESS by C.W. Gortner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Gortner (Mademoiselle Chanel, 2015, etc.) has imagined Lucrezia Borgia's life from a feminist perspective."
As the 16th century dawns, Columbus has brought word of new lands to Queen Isabella, Savonarola leads a reign of terror in Florence, and Rodrigo Borgia is bargaining his daughter, Lucrezia, to claim the Throne of Peter in Rome. Read full book review >

THE RAMBLERS by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Enjoyable if at times overly earnest."
A week of soul-searching and lovemaking among Yale alumni in New York. Read full book review >
VIOLENT CRIMES by Phillip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This last problem may sound like a thorny ethical dilemma, but it's just as weightless as every other complication in this fleet, guileless, inch-deep yarn, a tale guaranteed to get you to bed in plenty of time and leave your dreams untroubled."
What the title promises is exactly what Margolin (Worthy Brown's Daughter, 2014, etc.) delivers: another torrent of violent crimes for Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe.Read full book review >
A COLLAPSE OF HORSES by Brian Evenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"For the Stephen King fan in the house: an author as capable, if a touch less prolific."
Atmospheric, sometimes-nightmarish tales by the ever macabre Evenson (Windeye, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
WAYS TO DISAPPEAR by Idra Novey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Delightful and original."
A famous novelist's disappearance upends the life of her American translator. Read full book review >
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sophisticated medical drama whose pulse-pounding strength diminishes a touch too quickly."
Doctors and other medical experts hasten to prepare a young man's organs for transplant and reckon with the need to be both compassionate and precise in a hurry. Read full book review >
WHAT THE WAVES KNOW by Tamara Valentine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This dreamy coming-of-age mystery unfolds in tantalizing waves with keen insight and lush prose."
In a novel rich in mythology and childhood secrets, a girl searches for her voice in the Rhode Island town where she stopped speaking at age 6. Read full book review >
THE LETTER BEARER by Robert Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Elegantly and exactingly written. A touch ponderous at times but oddly—beg pardon—unforgettable."
A mysterious man tries to find himself while traversing a hellish landscape of war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >