Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

CASCADE FALLS by Bruce Ferber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ferber may be trying to explore the consequences of the housing crash, but this soap opera is neither substantial enough to tackle that subject nor skillful enough to parody it."
In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber (Elevating Overman, 2012).Read full book review >
DELICIOUS FOODS by James Hannaham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A poised and nervy study of race in a unique voice."
A Southern farm provides the backdrop for a modern-day slavery tale in this textured, inventive and provocatively funny novel. Read full book review >

WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A distinctive novel that sublimely measures the distressed though determined heartbeat of a small mountain community."
Verra, West Virginia, is the setting of this sweeping novel, in which first- and second-generation immigrants with coal-stained hands and blackened lungs forge new lives for their growing families amid secrets that run as deep and dark as the coal mines. Read full book review >
NIGHT LIFE by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Taylor, a seasoned writer for TV and film, makes a strong debut with the first in a series of novels featuring a hard-edged but properly vulnerable detective."
Life for NYPD detective Michael Cassidy is black and Red all over in this thriller set during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Not only does he have a murder to solve, he's also got to rid himself of the curse of Commie-baiting superlawyer Roy Cohn. Read full book review >
CLASH OF EAGLES by Alan Smale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Gaius is in limbo after the Iroquas' near destruction of the Cahokian city, which promises more adventure in the Hesperian Trilogy's next volume."
Smale debuts with an intriguingly original alternate history supposing that the Roman Empire never collapsed. Read full book review >

THE FIRES OF AUTUMN by Irène Némirovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of Némirovsky's lesser works. All OurWorldly Goods (2011) covers the same period more successfully."
Another in a string of reissues of the work of the French novelist who died in Auschwitz in 1942, prompted by the discovery of her incomplete but widely acclaimed Suite Francaise; written during the same period just before her death, this multigenerational novel spans war and peace.Read full book review >
RELUCTANTLY CHARMED by Ellie O'Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A whimsical but flawed novel."
In this chatty and original debut, a young Irish woman's life is turned upside down when she publishes the cryptic messages left behind by an ancestor. Read full book review >
PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING by Alan Cheuse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"At its best, this story of a Jewish immigrant family tested by fate is as haunting as it is entertaining and as fresh as it was when it was first published nearly 30 years ago."
A revision of Cheuse's 1986 novel The Grandmothers' Club, this mystical tale traces the rise and fall of a prominent rabbi, Manny Bloch, who goes into business with a brother-in-law named Mord.Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S CHILD by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Weakened by its monotonous structure but propelled by luminous detail and Malin's determination, this novel is not Baker at her strongest, but the promise is evident."
Alone in an unforgiving, sometimes-fantastical landscape, Malin Reed is on a journey in search of a mythical mother in this pungent early novel, newly available in the U.S., from acclaimed British writer Baker (Offcomer, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE STOLEN ONES by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Thriller fans will enjoy this one. Laukkanen is a first-class storyteller."
From start to finish, a fast-moving and satisfying thriller starring a likable if unlikely duo. Read full book review >
THE BULLET by Mary Louise Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Brilliant, beautiful Caroline's astonishingly bad decisions, coupled with her over-the-top reactions as events play out, make her a less-than-sympathetic protagonist in this unbalanced tale of love, perfidy and violence in Hotlanta."
Like Kelly's first novel (Anonymous Sources, 2013, this sophomore effort centers on a beautiful woman who inadvertently becomes involved in a dangerous, high-stakes situation that soon becomes a matter of life or death.Read full book review >
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A richly layered, beautifully told and somehow lovable story about war, revenge and loss."
Elijah Goldstein's devoted Uncle Poxl is a Jewish World War II fighter pilot and an overnight literary sensation. What more could a boy want?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 >