Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CLOSE by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The often amusing, infallibly precious dialogue and self-reflexive asides will remind many readers of that other James, the one who wrote The Awkward Age, The Sacred Fount, and What Maisie Knew, without introducing a single homicide to trouble the waters."
The most willfully playful installment yet in James' increasingly playful saga of Harpur and Iles. Read full book review >
THE USE OF FAME by Cornelia Nixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A predictable plot with characters who fail to evoke sympathy."
In alternating chapters, an unhappy couple reveals their marital woes. Read full book review >

THE GIFT by Barbara Browning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A delicious love letter to readers and co-conspirators everywhere."
In this exquisite meditation on gift-giving, intimacy, the body, and performance, Browning (I'm Trying to Reach You, 2012, etc.) dashes the boundaries between auto-fiction and novel and offers daring readers something more intimate and muscular than a mere book. Read full book review >
THE INFIDEL NEXT DOOR by Rajat Mitra
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A moving, melancholy story about history, hatred, and the never-ending battle between tolerance and bigotry."
Mitra's sprawling debut novel set in 1989 tells of a Hindu priest who tries to re-establish a temple in conflict-ridden Kashmir and of some of his Muslim neighbors. Read full book review >
AWAKENING MACBETH by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"A suspenseful, page-turning paranormal romance."
An academic at the University of Virginia confronts her father's death and a supernatural threat in this novel by Amato (King Peso, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

THE BIG OVERNIGHT by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"A light and amusing whodunit that proves time spent in the company of the heroine is time well spent indeed."
Stella Reynolds investigates a pair of murders in this latest installment of Kirsch's (The Big Interview, 2016, etc.) chick-lit mystery series. Read full book review >
THE TATRA EAGLE by J. Victor Tomaszek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A grand, if sometimes grandiose, portrayal of a szabla-wielding hero. "
Tomaszek (Dance the Golden Calf, 2016, etc.) offers a sweeping novel of historical military fiction set in 17th-century Poland. Read full book review >
FANNY AND DORA’S SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE by Jason Le Grange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"It's a pleasure following Fanny and Dora on this breezy, funny tour of beautiful places."
An amusing fictional travelogue of two British spinsters on a South American adventure. Read full book review >
THE ODD PLIGHT OF ADONIS LICHT  by David Perlstein
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A brain-twisting but often memorable tale."
In Perlstein's (Flight of the Spumonis, 2015, etc.) latest novel, a frumpy, overwrought, 30-something art curator is transformed, as if by magic, into the handsome man that he always wanted to be. Read full book review >
CYCLES by Maria de Andrade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Dramatically light, but historically and sociologically interesting."
From Lisbon to Montreal, De Andrade's (The Little Sect, 2015, etc.) second novel follows the lives of Marta and Tiago Sousa, a young Portuguese couple who stake their hopes for better opportunities on a move to Canada.Read full book review >
TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
NIGHTSCAPE by David W. Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2016

"A richly rewarding, action-packed excursion into the classic pulp era, delivering a combination of eldritch villains and overmatched but valiant heroes."
Two novellas set in the world of the 2012 Nightscape movie.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >