Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK by Kelli Estes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though there are a few unnecessary coincidences, Estes' debut is a pleasing blend of historical fiction and contemporary drama."
In a house on Orcas Island, the stories of two young women unfold: a 19th-century Chinese-American and a recent college graduate trying to piece together a mystery left behind. Read full book review >

WEAVERS by Aric Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"There are some intriguing elements here, but they never quite develop into an absorbing diversion."
In a thriller with supernatural elements, Davis (Tunnel Vision, 2014, etc.) introduces a world of extravagant violence and an ensemble of desperate characters.Read full book review >
AT HAWTHORN TIME by Melissa Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This elegant novel's true subject is its evolving pastoral setting, which is richer than its tableau of underdeveloped characters."
Harrison (Clay, 2013) describes the small details and grand scope of nature in the hills and forests of Lodeshill, a village north of London, where multiple narratives of longing and loss converge.Read full book review >
THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Tense, believable, and action-packed, made more vibrant by Stevens' sense of place."
It was a British Columbia summer, "so hot you couldn't walk outside without feeling your skin cook," when 14-year-old Jess killed her father. Read full book review >

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant, passable diversion that never quite conquers its tropes or pitfalls."
A young woman's past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy from Mahoney (Fellow Mortals, 2013).Read full book review >
THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An ideal read for history buffs and space race enthusiasts."
British novelist Johncock's debut takes place on American soil—and in American airspace—at the peak of the space race, from 1947 to 1968. Read full book review >
FRENCH CONCESSION by Xiao Bai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A strained historical crime yarn whose central gumshoe is much too flat-footed."
Shanghai between the world wars provides the backdrop for a photographer embroiled in an underworld of gangsters, gunrunners, Communist insurgents, and two bewitching women. Read full book review >
THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Leah Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Quietly incisive."
Two fugitives, decades apart in age, come to terms with their deepest regrets in Stewart's meditative fifth novel (The History of Us, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS by Benjamin Markovits
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An overly busy exploration of white privilege and new money colliding with the old economy."
A wayward academic tries to make a fresh start emotionally and professionally in economically devastated Detroit. Read full book review >
THE GODS OF TANGO by Carolina De Robertis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A conventional up-by-one's-bootstraps tale redeemed by the complex musician at its center."
A woman in drag navigates the man's world of tango music a century ago. Read full book review >
SEEING OFF THE JOHNS by Rene S. Perez II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An atmospheric, refreshing read that will resonate with readers from towns both small and large. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Loss, love, and coming of age meet in a small, hormone-charged (fictional) Texas town. 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 >