Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

MURDER ON THE RED RIVER by Marcie R. Rendon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The plot in Rendon's adult debut never exactly thickens—this is more coming-of-age story than mystery—but the spare prose-poetry of her descriptions and dialogue is a lot more interesting than anything she has to say about crime or detection."
A wild child uneasily transplanted from the White Earth Reservation to a rented house in Fargo meets murder. Read full book review >
LUCKY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some great action sequences, the story, as usual with Chang (Death Money, 2014, etc.), lacks both variety and surprise. What keeps you reading, along with the customary warts-and-all portrait of New York's Chinatown, is the uncanny strength of the bond between the career cop and his doomed blood brother."
Chang's fifth novel is a turbo-charged requiem for a blood brotherhood rooted in an impossibly distant past. Read full book review >

WEARING THE CAT by H.D. Woodard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A raunchy but memorable military tale."
Woodard (Wearing the Cat: Part One, 2016, etc.) delivers the second installment in his satirical series about a Navy dentist. Read full book review >
WEARING THE CAT by H.D. Woodard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An in-depth look at an officer's bawdy tour of duty."
A debut satirical novel follows one man's adventures as a dentist in the U.S. Navy. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND LEMONADE by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The emphasis on prequels to the partnership subordinates the trademark dialogue between Hap and Leonard, who doesn't even appear in half these stories, to self-serious moralizing over individually effective but highly repetitious tales."
This companion volume to the second season of the Hap and Leonard TV series includes 14 flashbacks to the iconic Texas partners' youth, eight of them new to print. Read full book review >

THE CUTTHROAT by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there's a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting."
It's No. 10 in the Cussler and Scott (The Gangster, 2016, etc.) series chronicling the adventures of rich man-sleuth Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency as the 20th century dawns. Read full book review >
SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Pattison's ninth installment provides an important history lesson little understood in the West with authority, nuance, and genuine suspense."
Inspector Shan struggles to separate implausible myth from verifiable fact in probing a murky murder scene. Read full book review >
DOUBLE DUTCH by Laura Trunkey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An assortment of well-written but often dreary stories of the imagination."
In a debut collection of short stories, Trunkey (The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier, 2008) offers a broad assortment of surreal conceits ranging from animal transformation to a series of events narrated in the voice of a gun. Read full book review >
IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Winspear teeters on the brink of stating the emotionally obvious at times but largely pulls back and weaves a convincing historical drama together with a rocky journey for her heroine."
As World War II dawns for Britain, investigator Maisie Dobbs takes on a case involving murdered Belgian refugees with shadowy ties to the Great War. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"After all that's been written about the ark in countless adventure stories, it's hard to find any new ground to cover. But there are action and thrills aplenty in Coulter and Ellison's new addition to their Brit in the FBI series (The End Game, 2015, etc.)."
FBI agents hunt for the Ark of the Covenant. Read full book review >
CRUEL WINTER by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Connolly's (A Turn for the Bad, 2016, etc.) heroine clearly has a gift for solving mysteries, and the interesting characters she presents warts and all make for a fine read in the classic style."
Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple. Read full book review >
ONE BY ONE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cain plots furiously enough for three installments and adds a remarkably florid climax and a series of downbeat epilogues for good measure. The payoff is some quality time with a hero whose 'brain wasn't working because his heart was broken beyond repair.'"
Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan (The 8th Circle, 2016), reluctantly agreeing to help an old friend who was never even much of a friend, lives to regret it, which is more than you can say for the friend. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >