Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SKYLARK by Ruthie Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2014

"A sometimes-dark but always buoyant novel of life beyond motherhood and family."
A pleasant tale of family and one woman's quest to live a fulfilled life. Read full book review >
ASKING ANNA by Jake Seliger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"Love him or hate him, Steven weighs his options with a unique and strong voice as he searches for the value of commitment in a hookup culture."
In Seliger's quirky debut, a 20-something who's reluctant to propose to his girlfriend brings her to Seattle to visit old friends before he makes his final decision. Read full book review >

PIANIST IN A BORDELLO by Mike C. Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A fast-paced, raucous tour through the last half-century alongside a modern-day Candide."
A lighthearted, satirical novel about an honest man who runs for office in corruption-plagued America. Read full book review >
WILBERFORCE by H.S. Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Cross has made a solid start for continued exploration of this strange yet for many readers familiar world, one that might well capture a libidinous P.G. Wodehouse crowd, if she can render her quirky setting, cast, and concerns less earnest and more amusing."
This debut moves from the misadventures of several boys at a British public school in 1926 to a study of a particularly hapless young man and his possible redemption. Read full book review >
TAINTED OBSESSIONS by Azreay'l
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 23, 2009

"While the novel clearly is not to be taken too seriously, the hyperbolic nature of this rambling, overly erotic tale of espionage makes it entertaining only in short segments."
An erotic tale of espionage and misunderstanding set over the course of a very important, top-secret government mission. Read full book review >

STEALING SHIVA by Kathleen Ortner
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An entertaining, unusual mix of the caper novel with dashes of comedy, romance, and spirituality.
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In this comic novel, a young con woman plans to steal from a spiritual community but instead finds herself wanting to join their search for truth. Read full book review >
BECOMING ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A tale of kindhearted, hesitant heroism, with a little vigilante justice."
Ellen and her blind best friend, Temerity, again take on the wrongs of this world, letting neither emotional scarring nor physical disability stand in their way. Read full book review >
THE BELL TOLLS FOR NO ONE by Charles Bukowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Bukowski's gift was a sense for the raunchy absurdity of life, his writing a grumble that might turn into a belly laugh or a racking cough but that always throbbed with vital energy."
The uncollected gutbucket ramblings of the grand dirty old man of Los Angeles letters have been gathered in this characteristically filthy, funny compilation. Read full book review >
CATERVA by Juan Filloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Filloy, as translator Riley notes, is scarcely known in Latin America, much less the English-speaking world. This beguiling yarn merits him many new readers."
Obscure in its native Argentina, a grand modernist novel finds new life in a vigorous translation. Read full book review >
THE RECKONING by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Clunky closure for a series that's taken on too much ballast."
Stroud wraps up his peculiar Deep South crime trilogy with a host of made men, undead men, evil spirits, and cops trying as hard as the author to hold everything together. Read full book review >
LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Johnson is asking hard questions about race in America but he's using an awfully tame approach to work out the answers, at least this go-round."
A middle-aged failure struggles with his identity and masculinity when he's forced to return home to Philly. Read full book review >
INCARCERATED by Inger Iversen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2014

"A gripping, complicated novel of tense interracial romance."
A prison correspondence program brings together two unlikely souls. 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 >