Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

DEAD MAN'S BRIDGE by Robert J. Mrazek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Mrazek's (The Bone Hunters, 2015, etc.) gritty, vulnerable sleuth is a compelling protagonist whose first-person narration is punchy and lucid. An auspicious series debut."
College officials try to block the investigation of a campus crime, but a dogged security officer can't turn his back. Read full book review >
THE PARIS SPY by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Though the heroine's latest adventure is far from her best, it's packed with just about every plot device you'd expect from a World War II thriller, from horrifying plans to destroy the Jews to clever ploys to fool the Germans about Allied intentions."
A British spy walks the fine line between brave and foolhardy in Nazi-occupied Paris. Read full book review >

A PROMISE OF RUIN by Cuyler Overholt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Set against the historical backdrop of a city teeming with immigrants, Overholt's second reveals the evils of a heinous trade that still goes on today."
A psychiatrist's inquiries bring her up against the white slave trade. Read full book review >
THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A stellar anthology that proves not only that fantasy is alive and well, but that it will be for years to come."
A companion piece of sorts to Beagle's critically acclaimed anthology, The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)—a collection of stories that transcended the conventions and clichés of contemporary fantasy—Beagle and Weisman's latest contains 19 comparable stories from some of the genre's most innovative and exciting new voices. Read full book review >
THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG by Mimi Pond
Kirkus Star
written and illustrated by Mimi Pond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Immensely enjoyable."
The new graphic novel from Pond (Over Easy, 2014, etc.) follows a young cartoonist struggling to free herself from the distractions of romance, drugs, and her colorful co-workers and customers at an Oakland diner in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

LATE FAME by Arthur Schnitzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"In this elegant comedy edged with tragedy, an old poet's longing for the eponymous recognition, though mocked, is also understood."
Austrian writer Schnitzler (1862-1931; Desire and Delusion: Three Novellas, 2003, etc.) pokes fun at literary pretensions and ambitions in this short novella nearly lost in the Nazi book burning campaign of 1933 and published in the U.S. for the first time. Read full book review >
BOSSTOWN by Adam Abramowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"This entertaining-enough thriller is built on a social history of a flawed American city."
A Boston bike messenger finds himself implicated in a robbery that digs up skeletons from his family's past. Read full book review >
AMONG THE DEAD by J.R.  Backlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A procedural with a complex heroine and a torrid pace. This series kickoff is at once credible, moving, and suspenseful."
Murder and politics make uneasy bedfellows in this gripping debut. Read full book review >
THE TALENTED RIBKINS by Ladee Hubbard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"To describe this novel, as someone inevitably will, as Song of Solomon reimagined as a Marvel Comics franchise is to shortchange its cleverness and audacity."
Hubbard shrewdly molds the pop-culture mythology of the comic-book superhero team into a magical-realist metaphor for African-American struggles since the real-life heroic battle against segregation in the middle of the 20th century. Read full book review >
FOX HUNTER by Zoe Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Nonstop action and an intricate plot weave together to create another thrill ride for fans of Sharp's heroine—though the book is heavily dependent on back story that readers of her previous adventures will find easier to follow."
Charlotte "Charlie" Fox (Absence of Light, 2016, etc.), a tough-as-beef-jerky former British soldier who works private security, travels to Iraq to find her former lover in Sharp's latest meticulously detailed adventure. Read full book review >
DARKANSAS by Jarret Middleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A subversive twist on Southern myths that's surprisingly rich in its execution."
Two brothers return home to rural Arkansas to face their ordained destiny. Read full book review >
HUNTING HOUR by Margaret Mizushima
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"After exploring her heroine's history in Stalking Ground (2016), Mizushima presents a fresh mystery in which the heroine's motivations may reveal even more about her background."
A missing girl who turns up dead ignites the protective instincts, if not the soundest investigating instincts, of a cop with a K-9 partner. 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 >