Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

OPERATOR DOWN by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A believable account of elite operators working outside traditional government parameters to track international villains."
An off-the-books anti-terrorist task force travels to Israel to pursue an international arms dealer and help old friends in the process. Read full book review >
A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Readers will savor getting to know this singular heroine, a cop who feels the call of a lost child as sharply as the knife's edge that she uses to score her own skin."
A troubled FBI agent must find a missing teen while coming to terms with her father's impending death in the pseudonymous Ellis' satisfying debut. Read full book review >

HER ADULT LIFE by Jenn Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A promising collection that offers a necessary glimpse into lives often left unexamined."
In this debut collection, Scott's characters confront the violence and unpredictability cutting through the grind of small-town life. Read full book review >
THE DAYS WHEN BIRDS COME BACK by Deborah Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An excruciatingly slow novel in which sentimental self-absorption rules despite nods to social issues like child abuse and gun violence."
Two strangers, each harboring guilty sorrow over past losses, offer each other solace in this introspective novel from Reed (Things We Set on Fire, 2013). Read full book review >
THE PERPETUAL SUMMER by Adam Walker Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Nuanced character portraits and slowly building suspense make this both an involving human story and a crackling crime yarn."
The search for a vanished teenager leads a reluctant shamus back to the powerful man who hired him. Read full book review >

A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Shames has created an endearing hero with an old-fashioned sense of honor. Although his latest is less puzzling than its most recent predecessor (An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, 2017), it's still an enjoyable, often disturbing read."
A small-town chief of police acquires a dog en route to solving a vicious case of murder. Read full book review >
IN BLACK AND WHITE by Junichiro Tanizaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Anyone contemplating writing a plotless novel will want to study this curious, beguiling yarn."
An enigmatic mystery that, serially published and thereafter forgotten until now, cements Tanizaki's (The Maids, 2017, etc.) claim to be a lost forerunner of postmodernism. Read full book review >
STRANGERS by Ursula Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Archer (Five, 2014) and Strobel's debut as a team keeps building suspense until you're frantically counting the pages until the end, because you know that only when you reach it will you get the answers you crave as much as the bewildered leads do."
An extreme case of he says/she says drives this psychological thriller. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Margot  Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Hunt's thriller races toward a lackluster conclusion but offers interesting characters and a twisting plot."
How well do you know your closest friend? Read full book review >
THE CHALK MAN by C.J. Tudor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A swift, cleverly plotted debut novel that ably captures the insular, slightly sinister feel of a small village. Children of the 1980s will enjoy the nostalgia."
Murder, mayhem, and chalk figures in a sleepy English village. Read full book review >
PHONE by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A multilayered, multivocal, and long-awaited pleasure for the Self-absorbed."
Zack Busner returns, and, "tired and confused," he's melting away into air as the world goes mad in Self's (Shark, 2014, etc.) magnum opus. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIVES by Thomas Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Timeless questions. Tedious answers."
An author of award-winning short stories (Hall of Small Mammals, 2015) considers life, death, and what comes after in his debut novel. 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 >