Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Opening Gates by Nancy King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"An intriguing, sometimes-painful reminder of 1950s culture that offers enough bright spots to make this novel an enjoyable read."
A summer job as a recreational therapist in a New York City psychiatric hospital unlocks the door to self-discovery for this tale's young heroine. Read full book review >
All About the Greater Good by Teri Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"A well-paced, compelling story of minor events and ordinary lives spiraling out of control."
In her debut novel, Ames presents an account of the ordeal faced by a mother accused of assault and child endangerment. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget."
Effective Engineering Solutions' chief honcho, Eli Glinn, is out of his wheelchair, walking and ready for revenge after his agent Gideon Crew discovered a "restorative, health-giving lotus" on his last adventure (The Lost Island, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LAST RANCH by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A latter-day oater, of some interest to fans of the genre."
Cliven Bundy, nothin'. Real Western ranchers pay their taxes—but kick up a fuss when they have to, as McGarrity's modern Western has it. Read full book review >
BLOOD FLAG by Steve Martini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Martini holds serve with his 14th Paul Madriani thriller, in which Hitler's evil legacy continues to haunt survivors of World War II."
After World War II veteran Robert Brauer dies under mysterious circumstances, San Diego attorney Paul Madriani—hired to defend Brauer's daughter on charges of assisting a suicide—discovers the old man was not the only member of his former Army unit to meet with a suspicious end. Read full book review >

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition."
When hard-nosed Chicagoan Nick Mason is sprung from an Indiana prison after serving only five years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, he's hardly done paying for a killing he did not commit. Read full book review >
WARLOCK HOLMES by G.S. Denning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A reimagining of Sherlock Holmes that is often very silly but consistently funny, clever, and entertaining."
In a debut novel that cheerfully pokes fun at the Holmes-ian canon, Denning introduces readers to Warlock Holmes, a supernaturally gifted counterpart to the famous consulting detective of 221B Baker St. Read full book review >
NITRO MOUNTAIN by Lee Clay Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An ambitious, disturbing, and daring debut."
Appalachian noir at its darkest and most deranged. Read full book review >
THE FAT ARTIST AND OTHER STORIES by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Hale's stories are wry rather than funny, often predictable rather than surprising—but the questions he raises are interesting all the same."
Five years after his debut novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (2011), Hale returns with a collection of seven short stories, none earthshaking but all evidence of a steadily growing professional talent. Read full book review >
DOMINION by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen."
Pleasing mayhem from horror/thrillermeister Hill (NOS4A2, 2013, etc.), the chip-off-the-old-block son of Stephen King.Read full book review >
THE AFTER PARTY by Anton DiSclafani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A bit of a sophomore slump, but this talented newcomer's gifts for characterization and atmosphere are as sharp as ever."
In her tale of a fraught lifelong friendship, DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, 2013) again investigates the power and perils of female sexuality.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >