Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE PINCH by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction."
The Pinch—for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis—has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. Read full book review >
DINNER WITH BUDDHA by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"With six unconventionally religious novels to date, this brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature."
Merullo (Vatican Waltz, 2013, etc.) offers a third installment in the spiritual adventures of Otto Ringling.Read full book review >

MUSE by Jonathan Galassi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"May be more fun for cognoscenti than for common readers, yet it offers a worthy psalm on the pre-Amazon, pre-digital days of publishing that anyone might appreciate. Galassi rates praise especially for choosing to have some knowing fun with his years in the business and sparing the world another memoir."
An insider's look at New York book publishing spins a fable of egos, literature, and commerce in which an editor's obsession with a poet leads to the revelation of a crucial secret. Read full book review >
ROYAL WEDDING by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"This funny, heartwarming story is royally perfect from start to finish."
Princess Mia faces grown-up problems in this adult installment of Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series (Forever Princess, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >

PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre."
A sexy Russian spy trained in the fine art of seduction and recruited as an American double agent helps set up a double-cross that could pit Russia against Iran in this blockbuster by former CIA operative Matthews. Read full book review >
I SAW A MAN by Owen Sheers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"But these are small faults in the face of such a large talent as Sheers, a resourceful writer with a sharp eye for both the big picture and the lovely detail, such as 'tiny women lost in monstrous SUVs, their painted nails clutching the steering wheels like the feet of caged birds.'"
Accidental deaths in war and at home engender terrible lies and guilt in this highly original, engrossing literary thriller. Read full book review >
RISE by Karen Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An engaging writer introduces herself with this fresh, intelligent entertainment, full of satisfying moving parts."
A young woman on the run from a vicious pursuer, a troubled marriage, a man tormented by a sneering ghost, and the fight to save a sacred landscape from development are the ingredients in a Scottish author's impressive U.S. debut. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT by Tod Wodicka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Wodicka's fluid, expressive prose—dotted with quotable observations often as odd as his players—serves well his weaving of such a convincing, unexpected story from eccentricity, pain, and need."
An unconventional friendship arises between two damaged people sharing a lonely upstate New York road in this bittersweet, deeply sympathetic sophomore effort. Read full book review >
THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL by Kate Walbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Elegant and elegiac."
An artful novel in stories from the author of A Short History of Women (2009) and Our Kind (2004).Read full book review >
BOOK OF NUMBERS by Joshua Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Like Gaddis, Cohen also recognizes the laughs and peril at this technologically challenging stage of the human comedy and its new questions about what people are searching for, how the results may affect them, and what it all may cost."
A writer's effort to prepare a biography of a Google-like company's founder sits at the core of this smart, choppy novel that's trying to take on technology, creativity, and much else. Read full book review >
BITTER BRONX by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"Charyn calls the work 'no sentimental journey through my own traces as a child,' yet there's a writer's deep affection here for a world full of color and character."
Grifters, gangs, vamps, and lost souls pursue gritty lives in "the brick wilderness of the Bronx" in this collection of tales by a veteran storyteller and native of the New York borough. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >