Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

NEMESIS by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The daring duo of Sherlock and Savich (Power Play, 2014, etc.) once again takes on assorted criminals in this wide-ranging thriller. Though Savich's thin case is a runner-up to Sherlock's high-profile investigation, it's the more interesting of the two."
Married FBI agents fight two vastly different criminals. Read full book review >
MIRAGES OF THE MIND by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasure to read and a welcome window on a world we know too little about."
Picaresque, politically shaded novel of life in 20th-century Pakistan, a country and time fading into memory and rife with nostalgia. Read full book review >

DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The mystery, as it is so often in this high-flying series, is a throwaway. But fans will rush through the forgettable plot double-quick in order to savor every moment of Dexter's final hour."
Dexter's last hurrah. Read full book review >
IDEAL by Ayn Rand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The two versions, though, are useful to students of Rand's work—and there's a dissertation waiting in her use of the stilted possessive. Otherwise, a mere curio."
THE PRETENDER’S LADY by Alan Gold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The story should have been gripping, but instead it seems to happen at great distance, failing to reclaim this history for a modern audience."
In his latest novel, Gold (The Lost Testament, 1996, etc.) explores a marginalized part of history and introduces an admirable heroine.Read full book review >

A BETTER MAN by Leah McLaren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A perfect beach book for those who like their reading light and their endings happy."
McLaren (The Continuity Girl, 2009) brings us the story of a marriage straining under the weight of parenthood.Read full book review >
OREO by Fran Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Criminally overlooked. A knockout."
A biracial girl brought up by her black grandparents sets off on a quest to find her long-lost Jewish father in Ross' brilliant and biting satire. Read full book review >
THE SHAPESHIFTERS by Stefan Spjut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A disturbingly dark and strangely realistic novel of suspense and myth that will appeal to enthusiasts of both mysteries and more fantastical fiction."
In his first novel to be available in English, Spjut offers readers a substantial, menacing thriller that combines familiar elements of Scandinavian crime fiction with Swedish mythology. Read full book review >
THE UNNOTICEABLES by Robert Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A nasty, freaky, and haphazardly funny horror story."
A punk-rock vagabond circa 1977 and a struggling Hollywood stuntwoman circa 2013 find themselves connected through a grotesque paranormal underground society. Read full book review >
THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"In the bleak pages of history, Forsyth finds a story of enduring love and artistic integrity—her retelling is a fairy tale in itself."
Forsyth (Bitter Greens, 2014, etc.) unearths a beautiful love story in the making of the Grimm brothers' fairy-tale collection amid the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars.Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compassionate and warm family drama filled to the brim with characters who feel like old friends."
A traditional family trip is fraught with complications in Francis' (Three Good Things, 2013) second novel.Read full book review >
A PARIS AFFAIR by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Stylized sketches rather than fully realized fiction."
De Rosnay's stories demonstrate 11 ways to deceive and/or leave your lover. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >