Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SLIPPING  by John Toomey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2017

"Toomey is aiming to do more than solve a mystery and achieves a psychologically intriguing, unnerving character study."
The Rashomon effect is at work in this anatomy of a small-town murder, with even the perpetrator offering more than one version of events. Read full book review >
RECOUNTING by Luis Goytisolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2017

"The story is long but engaging as the novel morphs into a memorial to a humanist civilization under siege, its icons not just Joyce, but also other modernists such as Proust and Hermann Broch. It holds up just fine in such company."
Sprawling bildungsroman—itself the first installment of a much larger tetralogy—of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath in Catalonia by Barcelona-born novelist Goytisolo. Read full book review >

SONORA by Hannah Lillith Assadi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2017

"Lyrical, raw, and moving."
A coming-of-age story set largely in the surreal desert-world of Phoenix. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF TERROR by Maris Soule
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2017

"Soule takes a break from her P.J. Benson series (Eat Crow and Die, 2015, etc.) for a hair-raising thriller that breaks no new ground but has all the excitement it needs to keep you reading."
An Alaska cop whose past is shrouded in secrecy must deal with a crime that revives all her horrifying memories. Read full book review >
MONKEY BUSINESS by Lois  Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2017

"Despite its title, Schmitt's debut offers few chuckles and fewer simians: the primates whose cages Kristy rattles are strictly human. Reptile and bird fans may enjoy the peeks into a zoo's handling of its less humanoid residents."
An aspiring Long Island journalist probes a killing at a zoo. Read full book review >

MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect."
A 24th adventure for Marion "Doc" Ford (Deep Blue, 2016, etc.) interrupts his pursuit of a child pornographer to take him into even murkier waters: a kidnapping apparently haunted by a similar crime nearly a century ago. Read full book review >
MAN OVERBOARD by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can't seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot."
A shipboard tragedy is prologue to a deadly cyberduel. Read full book review >
THE BLACK TORTOISE by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A disappointingly perfunctory novella whose main revelation is that when the author of the hard-nosed Deets Shanahan stories (Killing Frost, 2015, etc.) takes off the edge, he takes off quite a bit more along with it."
A second case for forensic accountant Peter Strand (The Blue Dragon, 2015) ushers him into a San Francisco nonprofit to investigate rumored problems that get a lot bigger and more concrete shortly after his arrival. Read full book review >
BOUND TOGETHER  by Christine Feehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Violent and scattered; best for fans of Feehan and the two series connected to it."
After five years of deep cover, an assassin returns to Sea Haven to reunite with his wife. Read full book review >
AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Had Steele spent as much effort deepening the characters as he does explaining a plasma gun, Captain Future might have a future; as is, this effort flounders in the past."
Captain Future and friends struggle to save the solar system from a separatist plot in a rebooted 1940s pulp science-fiction franchise. Read full book review >
THE BREAKING OF A WAVE by Fabio Genovesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize for Young Authors, this immense, good-natured, self-indulgent tale offers a cumulative celebration of life in shaggy dog form."
After a tragedy, a quirky collection of adults and children fashions a new kind of family connected by commonplace philosophy, community, and the possibility of better. Read full book review >
BLUSH FOR ME by Kristen Proby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"With the third book in her Fusion series, Proby proves that she's a vintage that ripens with each page."
When Kat hooks up with Mac on her out-of-town sexcation, the last thing she expects is for their no-strings fling to turn into something deeper. Read full book review >

Upcoming Kirkus Interview

March 28, 2017
Laini Taylor

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes.