Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

KILLER DEAL by Sofie Sarenbrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The house-of-cards structure, piling one disaster atop another, lacks the remorseless logic of the best Nordic procedurals. There's no denying, though, that the climactic revelation is a shocker."
Sarenbrant's first English translation introduces to crime-ridden Scandinavia a Swedish police detective whose third recorded case strikes uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
SEE ALSO DECEPTION by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"In truth, Sweazy gets by on the merest wisp of mystery, along with a severe economy of incidents of any kind."
Now that she's lost her nearest neighbors, the Knudsens, to a killer (See Also Murder, 2015), it's time for North Dakota indexer Marjorie Trumaine to lose her closest professional connection—the local librarian she constantly calls to check facts—the same way. Read full book review >

THE MIRACLE ON MONHEGAN ISLAND by Elizabeth Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"More terrific work from a writer who gets better with each book."
Risk-taking fiction from Kelly (The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, 2013, etc.), this time featuring a canine narrator, an apparition, and a whole mess of trouble between fathers and sons. Read full book review >
BEIJING RED by Alex Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific tale for fans of the genre."
A fast-moving, tense biothriller set in China. Read full book review >
MONGRELS by Stephen Graham Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A Holden Caulfield analogue dropped into an old horror movie with a soundtrack by Warren Zevon."
A boy raised by werewolves chronicles the hurt and confusion of growing up strange. Read full book review >

WORTHY by Lisa Birnbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An uneven story anchored by a memorable protagonist."
A Florida transplant from Eastern Europe meditates on life and love. Read full book review >
UNKNOWN REMAINS by Peter Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This multithread thriller is a weak Xerox of something that has been done with more distinction elsewhere."
A 9/11 widow discovers that her late husband was harboring a wealth of secrets in this unusual thriller. Read full book review >
THE MIRROR THIEF by Martin Seay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Entertaining enough, if less a hall of mirrors than a house of cards."
"What do you know about the sephiroth? Or gematria?" What, indeed? Cabala and codex, mystery and melodrama—it's all here in this debut novel. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character."
Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Read full book review >
STILL THE SAME MAN by Jon Bilbao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific, anxious, and disturbing read."
A tense and intense novel that culminates in outlandish violence. Read full book review >
WATCHLIST by Bryan Hurt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Vivid examples of literature's power to help us understand our circumstances."
A new anthology looks at surveillance and its effects through the lens of fiction. Read full book review >
PRAYERS THE DEVIL ANSWERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This ambling novel is strong on period detail and atmosphere but repetitious and overforeshadowed."
In Depression-era Appalachia, a woman succeeds her late husband as sheriff in a small mountain town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >