Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

SNATCH by Gregory Mcdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Both of these complicated plots feel like rough drafts of the more polished entertainment they might have been."
A diplomat's son and a young member of the British nobility are kidnapped in capers that don't go as planned in this rerelease of two mysteries by the late Mcdonald. Read full book review >
THE COMING by David Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An epic story sure to be a hit with readers interested in the American western expansion."
Nonfiction author Osborne (The Price of Government, 2004, etc.) has written a historical novel beginning with the Lewis and Clark expedition and ending with the decimation of the Nez Perce tribe. Read full book review >

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped—if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader."
A tightly woven and diverse cast of spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggles to save what matters to each of them against a tide of rising fascism and violence in Donnelly's debut novel, set in a vaguely 1920s milieu. Read full book review >
THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Perhaps not satisfying in a conventional way; but then, it's clearly not meant to be."
A warrior without a past and her treacherous lover fight to bring their literally decaying world a new future in this thought-provoking space opera. Read full book review >
A BOOK OF AMERICAN MARTYRS by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Oates masterfully renders tension and despair but not the complexity of her subject."
Wounded families survive two men's martyrdom. Read full book review >

THE STOLEN CHILD by Lisa Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy."
The story of a bleak, isolated Irish island where everyone believes in, and justifiably fears, fairies. Read full book review >
THE BURNING WORLD by Isaac Marion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An ambitious if somewhat meandering addition to one of the more successful zombie franchises."
A reanimated zombie must fill in the pieces of his missing past in this doorstopper sequel to Warm Bodies (2011). Read full book review >
THE NIGHTWALKER by Sebastian Fitzek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Skip Chapter 42 and this is a powerhouse of a labyrinthine read. You may be fearful of sleeping again."
This translation of a bestselling German novel is a 352-page nightmare in which dreams and reality are indiscernible to the end. Read full book review >
GHACHAR GHOCHAR by Vivek Shanbhag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A compact novel that crackles with tension, tracing the tangled path of a family's dissolution in their sudden rise to wealth."
Shanbhag, in his English-language debut, seamlessly translated from the Kannada by Perur, explores the turbid and ominous undercurrents running beneath a family's newfound success and the society from which it sprang. Read full book review >
DANCE OF THE JAKARANDA by Peter  Kimani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite an overly complex and loose narrative, this is a thoughtful story about a country's imperialist past."
African colonialism is confronted in this subtle, multilayered Kenyan tale. Read full book review >
COPPER KETTLE by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Though this sort-of prequel to Ramsay's Ike Schwartz series (The Vulture, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, it's memorable for its powerful portrayal of the difficult lives of proud but poorly educated people too set in their ways to change."
A decorated World War I veteran returns to Buffalo Mountain, Virginia, dissatisfied with the life he finds there after he's seen Gay Paree and a whole lot more. Read full book review >
DESERT VENGEANCE  by Betty Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Webb, no stranger to hot-button issues (Desert Wind, 2012, etc.), takes on child molestation in a page-turner that presents both her flawed heroine and the reader with plenty of challenges to their moral codes."
An Arizona private detective who survived a childhood from hell becomes a suspect in the death of her abusers. 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 >