Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A captivating look at a little-known corner of rural Oklahoma burning up in a drought, rife with drug problems, yet peopled by tenacious, idiosyncratic characters you can't help rooting for."
Two Oklahoma police officers from separate forces work together to solve a series of bloody crimes in Lackey's debut. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Brian Rouff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Rouff (Money Shot, 2004, etc.) spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost's personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn's bris explained to her—which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too."
A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine—from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Read full book review >

FEROCITY by Nicola Lagioia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A mesmerizing exploration of failure, resilience, and profound, multifaceted loss."
Lagioia makes his enthralling English-language debut, translated into dazzling prose by Shugaar. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE ABSENTEE FATHER  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"Fans coast to coast can take pleasure in seeing Copperman's quirky hero remain his rational, literal self, even out in fabulous La La Land."
Professional fact-finder Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) accepts a query from a client he can hardly refuse: his mother. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE FIVE POINT KILLER  by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"A slow-burning cold case with copious clues, conscientious detection, a high body count, periodic interruptions from the killer's viewpoint, and all the pages and pages of unraveling you'd expect from such a generously plotted mystery."
The chronicler of FBI agent Manny Tanno (Death on the Greasy Grass, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that brings a retired Denver cop back to his roots, and a lot of other people's, in Cheyenne. Read full book review >

WEYCOMBE by G.M. Malliet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"The self-referential witticisms give the tale a very slow start; the windup reads like Gone Girl on a Train. One thing's for sure: Malliet has departed sharply in setting and style from the bucolic world of the Max Tudor novels (Devil's Breath, 2017, etc.)."
The rich are indeed different from you and me: they're better at hiding their secrets. Read full book review >
MINING FOR JUSTICE  by Kathleen Ernst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"The eighth in the series contrasts the difficult life of Wisconsin's Cornish miners with the heroine's burgeoning romance, highlighting both her researching skills and her unusual feel for the past."
A curator takes on a temporary assignment in a new town. Read full book review >
SCUBA by Jimmy Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2017

"A thriller that offers a good read for a week at the beach."
In this novel, scuba diver Olsen (The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories, 2012, etc.) takes readers from a shipwreck 200 years ago to a present-day tale of greed, political intrigue, and mayhem.Read full book review >
LIVE FROM MEDICINE PARK by Constance Squires
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"You don't need to be a rock fan to appreciate this rite-of-passage story, but Squires' fellow rockers will also appreciate her attention to details."
A rocky encounter with a rock icon changes a filmmaker's life in Squires' (Along the Watchtower, 2011) heartfelt novel. Read full book review >
ORIGIN by Dan Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one."
Another Brown (Inferno, 2013, etc.) blockbuster, blending arcana, religion, and skulduggery—sound familiar?—with the latest headlines. Read full book review >
MAGEBORN by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Solid, if unexceptional."
A conspiracy to eliminate magic threatens all the lands of the west in Part 1 of a sequel series to The Age of Darkness trilogy (Chaosmage, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though the story is emotionally compelling and Macmillan nails the complexity of adolescent friendship, the central mystery is lacking."
A friendship between two teenage boys seems to implode when one is found unconscious in a Bristol canal. 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 >