Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE EL PASO RED FLAME GAS STATION by J. Reeder  Archuleta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2018

"A well-wrought panorama of small-town dramas and discontents."
A boy growing up alone in a hardscrabble Texas town weathers poverty, violence, and heartbreak in this coming-of-age saga. Read full book review >
THE MARSHAL AND THE MOONSHINER by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"Lots of violent action tempered with hints of romance and cultural clashes and a climactic surprise, though much of it comes across as serviceable exposition in search of a strong throughline."
Wendelboe turns from the contemporary American West (Hunting the Five Point Killer, 2017, etc.) to the Depression era to kick off a new series that packs the U.S. Marshal for Wyoming off to Oklahoma in pursuit of a murder suspect. Read full book review >

DOWN BY CONTACT by Santino Hassell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A sexy and satisfying look into the hearts and minds of unlikely lovers."
Two hotheaded football players have to learn to get along after a preseason fight leaves them suspended from the NFL. Read full book review >
HANG TIME by S.W. Lauden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Lauden's prose zooms along with an arch energy, and the final installment in his Greg Salem trilogy (Grizzly Season, 2016, etc.) keeps the plot twists coming at warp speed."
A free-wheeling private detective runs afoul of a powerful record producer, the police, and thugs of all shapes and sizes. Read full book review >
WHERE NIGHT STOPS by Douglas Light
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"This sinuous narrative works neatly, both as a gripping novel and a solid meditation on identity."
A young man who survived a tragic accident becomes part of a mysterious international operation where violence and subterfuge abound. Read full book review >

THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though the villains remain little more than sketches and two romantic subplots never really sizzle, the disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."
British Special Branch officers Jack Fenwick and Matthew Ryan are brought together and torn apart by their shared experience of grief over their losses—Fenwick of his brother, Ryan of his father—in Hannah's (Gallows Drop, 2016, etc.) stand-alone European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >
MUNICH by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Engaging, informative, and quietly suspenseful."
Old friends reunite in hopes of derailing Hitler's war machine. Read full book review >
HEARTLAND by Ana Simo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Original, profane, and discomfiting."
The debut novel by a 73-year-old Cuban-American playwright and activist. Read full book review >
SENLIN ASCENDS  by Josiah Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The lush setting holds the reader through a slow start, but once the plot gets going, it ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."
In his debut novel, Bancroft takes readers into a steampunk world revolving around the great attraction and mystery that is the Tower of Babel—a colossal structure rising up into the heavens that devours the unwary with intrigue and danger. Read full book review >
THE UNMADE WORLD by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Despite his book's depiction of dark realities—the guilt and despair of the characters' interior lives is matched by political turmoil in both the U.S. and Eastern Europe—Yarbrough's pensively hopeful view of people' capacity to endure, even prosper, shines through."
Despite graphic deaths and a variety of police cases, Yarbrough's 11th work of fiction (The Realm of Last Chances, 2013, etc.) is less a murder mystery than an exploration of how abruptly lives can go off the rails. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE BETWEEN US by Barbara Claypole  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A challenging and important story about the difficulties of living with mental illness."
In this contemporary novel, a mother's irrational fear that she might hurt her newborn baby leads to her abandoning the child. Read full book review >
CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"One of the best in the series—tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow."
Preston and Child's (The Obsidian Chamber, 2016, etc.) eccentric FBI special agent A.X.L. Pendergast is still on his boss's bad side, which means his next assignment is to aid in what seems to be a routine, albeit bloody, New York City murder investigation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >