Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

A COUNTRY ROAD, A TREE by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Baker's virtuoso imagining of war's terrors and privations is not quite matched by her depiction of a unique, consistently elusive artistic identity."
The experiences of a struggling Irish writer in France during World War II—joining the Resistance, fleeing the Gestapo, risking everything again after escaping to the free zone—will help shape his groundbreaking literary future, suggests this novel based on the life of Samuel Beckett. Read full book review >
SWALLOWED BY THE COLD by Jensen Beach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"The unexpected convergences and dramatic shifts in fortune of Beach's characters make for a measured, quietly powerful experience."
In these linked stories set in Sweden, a host of characters considers their family histories, the flaws of memory, and the looming prospect of their own mortality. Read full book review >

BOAR ISLAND by Nevada Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"After the razor-sharp focus of Destroyer Angel (2014), Barr's latest is a surprisingly hot mess, awash in scattered crimes whose perpetrators' behaviors defy belief. There's not even much about Acadia National Park."
Ranger Anna Pigeon, sent from the Rockies to Maine's Acadia National Park for a three-week stint, finds the brief interval more than long enough for another round of murder and assorted skulduggery. Read full book review >
ZIGZAG by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Proficient but routine work."
Two brand-new novellas and two reprinted short stories test the semiretired Nameless Detective's ability to close cases—and the gentle reader's taste for new wine in old bottles. Read full book review >
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

DOMINION by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
THE SINGER FROM MEMPHIS by Gary Corby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Corby's latest is brisk, cheeky, and full of well-researched historical tidbits."
A wry sleuth accompanies a historian on the brink of fame to Egypt, where rebellion, murder, and wisecracks are in full flower in 450 B.C.E. Read full book review >
THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen."
Pleasing mayhem from horror/thrillermeister Hill (NOS4A2, 2013, etc.), the chip-off-the-old-block son of Stephen King.Read full book review >
THE AFTER PARTY by Anton DiSclafani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A bit of a sophomore slump, but this talented newcomer's gifts for characterization and atmosphere are as sharp as ever."
In her tale of a fraught lifelong friendship, DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, 2013) again investigates the power and perils of female sexuality.Read full book review >
IN THE CLEARING by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Back in the present, the recent killing is wrapped up equally predictably but a lot more quickly, having led fans of this heartfelt series (Her Final Breath, 2015, etc.) through a long slog alongside the heroine with little to show for the effort."
Seattle PD Detective Tracy Crosswhite's third case takes her back 40 years to a crime everyone concerned keeps telling her isn't a crime at all. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU CRY by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A master of suspense and dense plotting, Kubica still leads the pack when it comes to her genre even though this isn't her best work."
A roommate's mysterious disappearance and the tale of a dead girl form a haunting confluence of circumstances in Kubica's latest psychological thriller told from dual points of view. Read full book review >
THE STRINGS OF MURDER by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"De Muriel's debut offers nonviolinists ghostly, ghastly apparitions, unappealing accounts of unspeakable pub meals, and a steady drip of Had-I-But-Known foreshadowing and backshadowing. A series seems inevitable."
As Jack the Ripper plies his sanguinary trade in 1888 Whitechapel, Inspector Ian Frey, his boss and patron ousted from Scotland Yard, is dispatched to Edinburgh to help solve what turns out to be an equally gruesome series of murders. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >