Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE SMACK by Richard Lange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In this breezy page-turner, Lange shows off his uncommon ability to combine toughness and tenderness."
Down-on-his-luck grifter Rowan Petty is talked into taking part in an iffy get-rich scheme by Dandy Don, an ex-con in Reno, only to be set up for a fall. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Michael F.  Haspil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies; just don't expect too much introspection."
In Haspil's debut novel, two immortal cops—a mummy and a vampire—work to solve killings in a Miami where humans and vampires (as well as other supernatural creatures) have reached a tenuous peace. Read full book review >

COLLARED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Rosenfelt's matchless gift for feather-light exposition that hurtles along without ever feeling rushed or foggy allows him to keep the complications coming until nearly the end. It's only the denouement that feels as if a lesser ghostwriter, perhaps an obliging pooch, had taken over."
Ebulliently inventive Rosenfelt finds yet another way to involve unwilling Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, 2016, etc.) in a case in which one of the leading roles is played by a canine. Read full book review >
ARROWOOD by Mick Finlay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A great concept worked out with more grit than inspiration. The inevitable franchise has already been optioned for television, a medium you can only hope will hang on to the best bits here and toss out the rest."
Finlay debuts with a tale built on a wonderful premise: a downscale Sherlock Holmes for the rest of us. Read full book review >
THE FALLEN by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence. The satisfyingly inconclusive ending of this sequel to the equally dark The Innocents (2016) puts a whole new spin on catharsis."
Reluctantly back in the saddle as the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson goes up against a trio of bank robbers as cunning as they are clueless. Read full book review >

THE BODY IN THE CLOUDS by Ashley Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A finely woven tapestry of poetic language and subtle symbols, intertwined dreams, hopes, and visions, and a sense of seeing through cracks—perhaps to an eternity where time is no more and all is known. Thought-provoking."
In this intriguing second novel, three men from different centuries spend portions of their lives near a piece of land overlooking Sydney Harbor. Read full book review >
SOUL CAGE by Tetsuya Honda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The seventh in Honda's series, and the second published in English, dives deep into the details of a complex investigation and the challenges facing a woman in a competitive working environment."
A veteran policewoman battles a competitive squad room and witnesses with secrets. Read full book review >
LOOK BEHIND YOU by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The authors tick off all the thriller boxes and then some, but they offer nothing new to distinguish this book in a crowded field."
A serial killer runs amok in San Diego in Johansen and Johansen's latest to feature Sherlock-ian music therapist Kendra Michaels. Read full book review >
SEDUCING ABBY RHODES by J.D. Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A romance chock full of unexpected twists, turns, secrets, and spirits plus a healthy dose of redemptive love."
Soon after an African-American woman in Blink, Texas, buys a haunted house that was the scene of a murder 30 years ago, the handsome son of the victim shows up. Wildly attracted to each other, the two also sense that they're instrumental to resolution for the restless ghosts. Read full book review >
THE EPIPHANY MACHINE by David Burr Gerrard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A pleasurably speculative yarn about family and ethics."
A young man's life is upended by a device that purports to tattoo a description of your true self on your arm. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GROUND by Adam O'Riordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"O'Riordan's attention to precise details helps make these stories memorable; at their best, they put familiar scenarios in a new light."
British poet O'Riordan (A Herring Famine, 2017, etc.) makes his fiction debut with a collection of stories set in the U.S. Read full book review >
PRETEND WE ARE LOVELY by Noley Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In prose that ambulates between stark, hallucinatory, fuddled, and chewy according to the guiding character's point of view, Reid masterfully denies her novel the impulse to solve its characters' problems, leaving the reader with the brutal task of lingering within their experience."
In Reid's debut novel, a family must navigate the secret currents of guilt, obsession, loss, and—most dangerous of all—hope in this pitch-perfect examination of two Southern seasons in 1982. 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 >