Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur."
Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN by Jenn Crowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"An offbeat but overlong story of a romantic relationship."
In Crowell's (Etched on Me, 2014, etc.) novel, two long-distance friends admit their love for each other without fully considering the psychological consequences.Read full book review >

TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >
AFTER THE BLUE HOUR by John Rechy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2017

"Grown-up stuff, with a kind of Gatsby-by-way-of-Henry James subplot. Beautifully written but surely not for the faint of heart."
Novelist Rechy, still best known for his 1963 debut, City of Night, returns with a steamy tale that, had it appeared then, might well have been banned. Read full book review >

LAS VEGAS TURNAROUND by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2017

"A finely drawn, menacing tale that effectively understates its flashy locale."
In Johnson's debut thriller, a sizable, hidden stash of cash triggers greed, deceit, and murder among a group of Las Vegans in the mid-1980s. Read full book review >
MELHARA by Jocelyn Tollefson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A violent, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful debut despite some pacing issues."
In this contemporary horror/fantasy novel, a Canadian woman confronts her destiny when a demon claims her as his queen. Read full book review >
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
IN JAKE’S COMPANY by James Murrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A complex, sobering read that lays bare the sordid, damaging compromises of the drug-manufacturing world."
A generational family novel set against the backdrop of the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry. Read full book review >
DEATH & THE GRAVEDIGGER'S ANGEL by Loretta Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"Ross' sleuthing pair (Death and the Brewmaster's Widow, 2015, etc.) again faces a present-day murder steeped in historical detail. The subpar mystery is offset by the ripped-from-the-headlines buzz."
An auctioneer tries to help her boyfriend free a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD when he's accused of murder. Read full book review >
COMPROMISED by James R. Scarantino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"Scarantino's tireless heroine, who laments, 'New Mexico, I love you…Goddamn, why make it so hard?' is definitely progressing in making her hometown fit for human beings, but there's plenty of work left for the next installment."
Detective Denise Aragon returns for another caustic round of cleaning Santa Fe's reeking streets and courthouses. Read full book review >
THE LAWRENCE BROWNE AFFAIR by Cat Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"In a crumbling castle in Cornwall, two inauthentic men from vastly different registers of Regency society find in each other an authentic and passionate love. Another exquisitely written, deeply romantic novel from Sebastian."
A London swindler falls for his mark, a mad earl, in this Cornwall-set Regency romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >