Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

ROUGH JUSTICE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A slow-burning tale of vigilante justice leading to a satisfying ending that relies equally on convenient coincidence and the audience's wishes."
The creator of sleuthing farmer Virgil Cain (Shoot the Dog, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that tosses a hard-used rape victim and her father into a sea of civic corruption in small-town Ontario.Read full book review >
HORSEFEVER by Lee Hope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Even those who love horses, or perhaps especially those who love horses, will eventually be disillusioned by the flat, manipulative characters."
In her debut novel, Hope explores what happens when characters obsessed with the world of horse eventing have to choose between competition and personal relationships. Read full book review >

THE MAJOR CRIMES TEAM by Graham Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This neo-pulp series debut from Smith reads like a cycle of short stories, a brisk, gritty, entirely apt way to introduce his cop squad."
A squad of Scottish detectives probes diverse cases while working under a cloud of well-earned suspicion for their maverick methods. Read full book review >
AND IS THERE HONEY STILL FOR TEA? by Peter Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Even though this complex legal thriller is advertised as Ben Schroeder's third case, Murphy (A Matter for the Jury, 2014, etc.) doesn't give him center stage. Digby, the real protagonist, will keep you guessing until the very end."
A distinguished British solicitor brings action against an American professor in this Cold War drama. Read full book review >
TUNDRA KILL by Stan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The delightfully off-speed Alaska lore—the authorities offer two free nights in jail for information about the missing snowblower—is supplemented this time by a compelling portrait of a female Alaskan governor too monstrous to be anything but wholly fictitious."
Murder is the least of Nathan Active's problems when he tangles with Alaska's high-maintenance governor. Read full book review >

A BARROW BOY'S CADENZA by Pete Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"All credit to Adams (Irony in the Soul, 2013, etc.) for his fertile imagination but not for knowing when his muddle of bathroom jokes, sentimentality, slap and tickle, violence, and Jane Austen quotations gets tiresome."
A third adventure for an aging cockney copper and his colorful colleagues. Read full book review >
Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This warm, extensively researched novel will entrance readers and inspire them to look further into the lives of two extraordinary women."
New York Times bestselling author Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, 2015, etc.) returns to historical fiction in this intimate exploration of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Read full book review >
FORSAKEN by Ross Howell Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A fast-paced if uneven depiction of racial injustice in the segregated South."
After a 16-year-old black girl is convicted of killing her employer in 1912 Virginia, a young white journalist becomes embroiled in the aftermath. Read full book review >
THE TIME THE WATERS ROSE by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"These stories exploring how life on the water affects everyday people make for amiable reading, but they become most compelling when Ruffin taps into the bleaker impulses found below a more cordial facade."
In Ruffin's new collection, men, boats, and bodies of water collide unexpectedly, with results that are often humorous, violent, or both. Read full book review >
THE CIGAR FACTORY by Michele Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"High quality historical fiction."
A first novel by a Southerner from a Southern university press with an introduction by a Southern writer and preceded by a glossary, a bibliography, and a note on the Gullah-Geechee dialect of the Southeast suggests that what follows will be an educational experience, but it turns out to be a good read. Read full book review >
The Wrong Road Home by Ian A. O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2016

"An intimate look at a life lived as a lie."
In this historical novel based on a true story, a man operates as a doctor in both the United States and Ireland, despite having only a GED and a handful of forged credentials. Read full book review >
DETECTIVE FICTION by William Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"Waggish Jack is good company, and he's appealingly aware of how deeply unoriginal a vehicle Wells (Ride Away Home, 2014) has given him. Maybe next year."
A Chicago cop retired to Fort Myers Beach lands a consulting contract with a neighboring police force that's a pipe dream from the first puff to the last. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >