Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
THE TAKE by Christopher Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Solid if underwhelming jaunt through France."
A reluctant agent pursues a mysterious document through multiple layers of deception and misdirection. Read full book review >
I KNOW MY NAME by C.J. Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A fast-paced novel that deftly strikes at the heart of what it means to survive traumatic personal and familial ruptures."
When an Englishwoman disappears from her home, her husband is forced to acknowledge problems in their marriage and all he does not know about his wife and her troubled childhood. Read full book review >
LITTLE REUNIONS by Eileen Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Originally written in 1976 but not published until 2009 in China, this is a welcome discovery from a writer who is only now, more than two decades after her death, coming into her own."
World War II-era romance, with dark edges and sharp social commentary, by Chinese expatriate novelist Chang (Love in a Fallen City, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THEORY OF SHADOWS by Paolo Maurensig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasure for fans of literary mystery—and of chess as well."
Furst meets Nabokov: an atmospheric blend of historical fact and detective-tale speculation against the backdrop of international chess. Read full book review >
A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The third adventure for the attractively eccentric duo is a clever and witty follow-up to A Perilous Undertaking (2017)."
Two Edwardian sleuths search for a missing member of a star-crossed archaeological expedition. 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 >