Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A propulsive, richly imagined yarn that never loses steam or insults the reader's intelligence."
God save the queen—or failing that, send in the opium sot. Read full book review >
A REUNION OF GHOSTS by Judith Claire Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"For the Alters, life has been a seemingly endless series of tragedies; for us, the tragedy is that this stunning novel inevitably comes to an end."
Three middle-aged sisters collaborating on a memoir that's meant to double as their collective suicide note may not sound like a hilarious premise for a novel, but Mitchell's masterful family saga is as funny as it is aching. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW OF THE CRESCENT MOON by Fatima Bhutto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Bhutto (Songs of Blood and Sword, 2011, etc.) has crafted a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people's war games and desperately trying to survive."
Set in the small Pakistani border town of Mir Ali, this novel rotates among the points of view of three brothers, telling stories of past and present violence and building to a fever pitch of terror. Read full book review >
NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details."
A 1963 celebrity murder has a violent aftermath as its secrets bubble to the surface decades later. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOYS SYMPHONY by Mark Andrew Ferguson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"An auspicious debut that blends a number of disparate-seeming tones into something surprisingly coherent—and moving."
Ferguson's playful debut novel mixes a coming-of-age story with time travel. Read full book review >

NOTES FROM A DEAD HOUSE by Fyodor Dostoevsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A classic made current and a welcome addition to the library of Russian literature in translation."
One of literature's definitive prison memoirs is given new immediacy in this sturdy translation by the team of Pevear and Volokhonsky (Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, 2007, etc.).Read full book review >
THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The award-winning Almond poetically plumbs the depths of his 1950s and '60s childhood to explore themes of violence, war, God, creativity, beauty, death, art, the soul, our animal selves, whether we ever grow up or can really know each other…in short, life. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Dominic Hall is "a caulker's son, a tank cleaner's grandson" in the river town of Tyneside in northern England…but the boy dreams of writing. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS by Christian Kiefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Devastatingly beautiful. This novel embodies why we write and why we read."
In Kiefer's (The Infinite Tides, 2012) dark, lyrical novel, a man learns that no matter how hard he may try to atone for his sins, he can't outrun his violent past or his most painful mistakes.Read full book review >
NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS by Kirstin Valdez Quade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Quade is a writer to watch."
Debut collection of stories set in New Mexico from an award-winning writer. Read full book review >
YOKOHAMA CALIFORNIA by Toshio Mori
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2015

"Like Sherwood Anderson's, many of Mori's stories don't have a beginning, middle and end; they're nostalgic vignettes of a life that has now passed away."
Originally published in 1949, these 22 stories present subtle glimpses into the lives of Japanese-Americans in their neighborhood in Oakland, California, aka "Yokohama." Read full book review >
OF GIANTS AND OTHER MEN by Caspar Peek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A beautifully realized novel that doesn't shy away from describing the horrors of war as well as life's moments of beauty."
A lyrical family saga that brings to light an oft forgotten period of Central American history. Read full book review >
THE DYNAMITE ROOM by Jason Hewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An unusual, intricate drama delivered with accomplishment."
In a remote English house during World War II, innocence and experience fuel the cat-and-mouse game played out between an imaginative child and a conflicted German soldier. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >