Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

DEAD SPIDER  by Victoria Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2017

"Houston (Dead Loudmouth, 2016, etc.) can always be counted on for detailed depictions of a beautiful area known for fine fishing. This time she adds a better than average mystery as well."
The murder of a wealthy and well-known Wisconsin resident causes major headaches for a small-town police chief. Read full book review >
CAROLINA CRUEL by Lawrence Thackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2017

"A dark page-turner with an engrossing Southern sensibility."
A mystery novel renders an intricate landscape of history and violence. Read full book review >

THE GLAMSHACK by Paul Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"In his debut novel, Cohen manages the impressive feat of memorably documenting obsession without surrendering to it."
A tale of romantic obsession filtered through its protagonist's fixations on history and media. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF ETERNAL SPRING by Alan Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"Vivid and complex, this novel is a portrait of a very specific moment in history that feels just as vital today."
In his debut novel, Howard pits youthful idealism against the realities of post-colonial Latin America. Read full book review >
Gardeners by Véronique Bizot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well regarded in France, her native country, Bizot's first appearance in this language is a gift to English-speaking readers."
A slim collection of stories by turns witty, mysterious, and absurd. Read full book review >

Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch."
Giordano (Birds of Passage, 2014) introduces Anthony Provati, a reckless Lothario who becomes a hunted man in a global showdown of vicious organized criminals and terrorists. Read full book review >
LURES by John DiFelice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2017

"Insightful, imaginative fictions strengthened by a clear moral undertone."
DiFelice's (American Zeroes, 2016) debut short story collection offers up a complete world in nine offbeat tales. Read full book review >
BLOOD MOON by Ruth Hull Chatlien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2017

"A subtle dramatization of the conflict between white settlers and Native Americans in the 19th century."
In this work of historical fiction set in the Midwest during the Civil War, Sioux warriors seize a woman and her children. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY POINT OF CONTACT by Mike Maden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there."
Scion of Clancy's family of all-American heroes, Jack Ryan Jr. usually goes armed as a special-ops warrior for The Campus, but this time he's equipped with a Zebra F-701 pen as Maden (Drone Threat, 2016, etc.) offers his first entry in the late master's oeuvre (Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
A JUST CLAUSE by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Though Barrett's character-driven series never provides very memorable mysteries, fans who are invested in the lives of the two sisters will welcome this angst-filled installment."
Which would you prefer, a murder investigation or a family crisis? Barrett gives her sister heroines both. Read full book review >
LOCKDOWN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"'Your purpose is to show how things tie together,' the harried principal reflects as zero hour looms. King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable."
King turns from recording the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife (The Murder of Mary Russell, 2016, etc.) to a more hard-edged and contemporary subject: the day a shooter seething with resentment descends on a coastal California school. Read full book review >
ENDGAME by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Middling, professional-grade work for this long-running series, whose most notable feature is a broad hint in its closing pages that it may well be its nameless hero's last case."
An autumnal pair of cases for the Nameless Detective Agency explores the strains in two very different marriages. 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 >