Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"Middling for this distinguished series: yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists."
Retired Inspector Harry Hole, who thinks he's safe from his demons as an underpaid lecturer in Oslo's Police College, gets blackmailed into returning to the Crime Squad Unit, with predictably explosive results. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >

PUBLIC RELATIONS by Katie Heaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Heaney (Dear Emma, 2016, etc.) and Rebolini have crafted a 'Cinderella' for the modern age."
An up-and-coming public relations associate gets in over her head when she tries to manage a celebrity faux romance. Read full book review >
SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Sullivan often approaches melodrama, but she steers clear of the sentimentality that might easily have crept into this tale of regret and nostalgia."
Of Catholic guilt, silences, and secrets: an expertly spun family drama, a genre Sullivan (The Engagements, 2013, etc.) has staked out as her own. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >

CRIMES OF WINTER by Philippe Georget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The third installment from Georget (Autumn, All the Cats Return, 2014, etc.) dives deeper into character than most traditional detective yarns and is written with wit, poignancy, and panache. Some readers, though, might want less of the investigator and more of the investigation."
Just as a French police inspector learns of his wife's adultery, a crime spree hits his turf. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This reboot of an ancient story is alternately fiery and plodding, but Tóibín plainly grasps the reasons for its timelessness."
Tóibín, an enthusiast of classic storytelling, from the Bible (The Testament of Mary, 2012) to Henry James (The Master, 2004), this time takes a crack at Greek mythology. Read full book review >
BABYLON BERLIN by Volker Kutscher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."
Welcome to Berlin in the 1920s: a city filled with vice, violence, greed, corruption, and political mayhem. Read full book review >
SILENT RAIN by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Salvalaggio's fourth installment (Walleye Junction, 2016, etc.) lives up to her talent for dropping unhappy souls into grim circumstances and handing them over to her flawed but capable protagonist to save or arrest."
There are more tricks than treats when a quiet college town bursts into violence on Halloween. Read full book review >
THE RUN-OUT GROOVE by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This is one vinyl nerd you won't mind spending time with."
A tracker of rare records goes on the hunt to find out the truth behind the suicide of a 1960s legend and the kidnapping of her child in the second outing of Cartmel's (Written in Dead Wax, 2016) series. Read full book review >
A DOG'S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"More Disney than drama."
In Cameron's (Puppy Tales: A Dog's Purpose Collection, 2016, etc.) sentimental tale, a stray puppy finds a loving home, loses it after running afoul of anti-pit-bull regulations, and then, after being sent into exile, makes a wilderness trek through the Rocky Mountains home to Denver. Read full book review >
LARGE ANIMALS by Jess Arndt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply transgressive, riveting shot out of the gate. Arndt is one to watch."
Teetering between the everyday and the surreal, Arndt's debut collection investigates narratives of the queer body. 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 >