Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

SETTRIGHT ROAD by Jon Boilard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These stories aren't always easy to take, but they have the brevity, sharp focus, and corrosive anger of good punk rock."
The characters in Boilard's version of Western Massachusetts are prone to cheap highs, faceless sex, and predictable violent outbursts. Boilard dares you to care about these characters, but he doesn't always make it easy. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN SHELLS by Nadia Bozak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A coming-of-age tale that resists the usual clichés to focus on the telling details that reveal the essence of a life."
Bozak's quiet, observant novel in stories touches down once a year into the life of young Shell, who grows up in the 1970s and '80s in a small town outside Toronto. Read full book review >

AT ROPE'S END by Edward Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Detection-cum-romance enlivened by the profiler's own moderate but heartfelt interest in sadomasochistic erotica, which produces an ending as twisted as it is gratuitous."
TV writer/producer Kay's debut mystery (Sink and Destroy, 2014, etc.) lures a forensic psychologist out of his University of Washington classroom to help a Seattle cop track the killer of two known victims and perhaps many more. Read full book review >
FALSE FRIEND by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A quick, enjoyable entry in the series."
An incendiary thriller featuring the return of Birmingham, Alabama, detective Cooper Devereaux (False Positive, 2015). Read full book review >
WHERE I CAN SEE YOU by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Versatile Sweazy (See Also Deception, 2016, etc.) punctuates the lawman's quest, laid-back yet urgent, with snatches of flash-forward dialogue that warn you not to expect a series. Well, we'll see."
A police detective returning to his Midwestern hometown is confronted by an unending stream of new crimes when he'd rather be investigating an old mystery close to his heart. Read full book review >

DUPLICITY by Ingrid Thoft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Even if pacing and plausibility are still a problem for Thoft (Brutality, 2015, etc.), the renegade protagonist triumphs over her creator's occasional misjudgment."
A Boston-based private eye returns for a fourth whirl when she infiltrates a megachurch. Read full book review >
FOR TIME AND ALL ETERNITIES  by Mette Ivie Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Linda might make a comforting companion for devout Mormon women struggling with their leadership and history. Other readers, though, are likely to find the prose ham-fisted and didactic, the mystery unsatisfying, and the solution downright offensive."
Mormon housewife Linda Wallheim grapples with her faith as she delves into underground polygamy in her third investigation (His Right Hand, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT COOL by Lydia Peelle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Peelle isn't subtle with these message moments, but she's a natural storyteller with a fine sense of town life and characters and of a time when maybe irony couldn't tarnish words like 'duty.'"
In this colorful down-home drama, two young drifters stop for a time in Tennessee of a century ago, where they trade in mules and learn of local secrets amid the small-town ferment of the U.S. entering World War I. Read full book review >
FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future."
A taut, exquisite page-turner vibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread. Read full book review >
THE CROSSING by Andrew Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In pristine, elegant prose, Miller creates an indelible portrait of a mysterious woman and her tragic quest."
The fantastic voyage of a haunted woman. Read full book review >
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The wilderness adventure part of this book is excellent; the heart-of-darkness horror movie in the third act less so. Still, you won't put it down."
A gal-pal vacation goes over the falls and into hell. Read full book review >
DEAD GONE by Luca Veste
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thriller whose ambitions aren't matched by its dead-silly plot twists."
The abduction of a university student sets off a dark chain of events in Veste's U.S. debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >