Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >
KINGFISHER by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Fantasy lovers looking for a lighter touch amid all those vampires, zombies, werewolves, and industrial-strength malefactors will find this a refreshing change of pace."
A delicately wrought, twinkle-eyed fantasy from the accomplished author of The Bards of Bone Plain (2010, etc.).Read full book review >

REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A fun and satisfying grown-up update on Suze's life."
Suze Simon faces a curse and an angry ghost in the first adult installment of Cabot's Mediator series (Twilight, 2004, etc.).Read full book review >
WICKED SEXY LIAR by Christina Lauren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A hypersexy, sophisticated romance that perfectly captures the hunger, thrill, and doubt of young, modern love."
When a surfing mishap convinces London that going home with lady-killer Luke is a good idea, she's drawn to him despite his reputation. Read full book review >
MURDER OF A LADY by Anthony Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This classic British mystery, first published in 1931, has enough complex plotting and red herrings to win a new generation of fans for the largely forgotten Wynne."
A talented amateur sleuth takes on a locked-room murder in this golden age whodunit. Read full book review >

A DECENT RIDE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This novel isn't for the squeamish, prudish, or faint of heart."
When Ronald Checker hops into the back of Terry "Juice" Lawson's taxi late one night in Edinburgh, on the eve of Hurricane Bawbag, Terry finds himself entangled in various webs of love, lust, money, and violence. Read full book review >
SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Koenig's second is a breathless dash from start to finish. Tough, prickly Julia is a noir heroine sure to take a prominent place among female detectives."
A woman with a rough past and an iffy future fights inner and outer demons. Read full book review >
A DEADLY TAIL by Dixie Lyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fourth outing for Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot (Marked Fur Murder, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, but it's a witty, zany story whose delightful animals are vastly entertaining."
Scene-stealing animals are the stars of this ghostly mystery. Read full book review >
THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Guskin's debut novel tells a sentimental story with a murder mystery at its core, and it's interesting even if you don't go for the premise."
A single mom confronts the possibility that her troubled 4-year-old is the reincarnated spirit of a murdered child. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE VENUS ISLAND FETISH by Tim Flannery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The detection is nominal, and the mystery takes a back seat to the comic bedlam that reigns throughout. But readers who have never before encountered sentences like 'He knew he must get his foreskin back' will cheer Archie's debut and hope for more."
This first novel from Australian science writer Flannery (Atmosphere of Hope, 2015, etc.) travels back in time to 1932-1933—and back in cultural mores a lot further—when intrigue swirls around an aboriginal mask enshrined in the Sydney Museum. Read full book review >
HE WILL BE MY RUIN by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An entertaining and often captivating tale but an unsatisfying mystery."
When the police rule her best friend's death a suicide and refuse to investigate any further, Maggie Sparkes decides to play detective. Read full book review >
SAVING JASON by Michael Sears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"You don't need a background in economics to get drawn into this thriller, but it probably helps."
Sophisticated sleuth Jason Stafford gets drawn into a mysterious corporate takeover plot in Sears' (Long Way Down, 2015, etc.) latest high-finance thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >