BREAK SHOT by Darren Musial

"An imposing, unforgettable modern take on the classic detective story."
In Musial's debut thriller, a former Army Ranger working at a pool hall turns detective when he becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
TIGER PELT by Annabelle J Kim

"Unfolding against a sprawling canvas, an absorbing tale of characters shedding their identities and reinventing themselves, despite being battered by war."
Korea serves as a perfect crucible for Kim's expansive and impressive historical fiction debut, in which the characters must struggle against overwhelming odds. Read full book review >

BEAUTY AND CHAOS by Michael Pronko
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"An elegantly written, precisely observed portrait of a Japanese city and its culture."
An American expatriate's perceptions of Tokyo, from its places to its moods. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A good, meat-and-potatoes space-opera adventure."
In Jucha's debut sci-fi novel, a bright, pragmatic starship captain from a far-future human-colonized world finds his life changed by an exciting, ominous discovery in deep space. Read full book review >
The Mage's Dilemma by Daphne Ashling Purpus
Released: March 16, 2015

"Newcomers should probably begin earlier in this fantasy series, but fans will no doubt enjoy reading the further adventures of old friends."
When nefarious excavators set off a volcanic eruption in Draconia, the country's telepaths pool their skills to save the city in this latest YA fantasy series installment. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An exciting debut that will provide hours of entertainment for both aspiring film buffs and cinematic masters."
A rare slasher film takes over a video store manager's life in this cinematic suspense novel. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"A quick, emotional, and educational memoir about Alzheimer's."
Vincent describes her attempt to save her mother from the encroachment of Alzheimer's disease in this medical memoir. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2015

"Although short and somewhat awkwardly written, this volume contains some profound truths and offers a concise survey of how to attain not only inner peace, but communal harmony."
A slender self-help treatise on the aspects of humanity that contribute to a healthy, community-engaged life. Read full book review >
SURREALITY by J.D. Bradley
Released: Dec. 21, 2014

"A work by a down-to-earth writer who tells it like it is, even when life seems harsh, unfair, or downright bizarre."
A gritty collection of true-life stories featuring themes of retribution and comeuppance. Read full book review >
The Shape-Shifters by Peter Goldman
Released: March 14, 2015

"Precarious politics take precedence over murder in this striking genre entry."
Private eye Max Christian helps a friend who's running for Congress and enters a seedy world of murder, drugs, and politics in Goldman's (The Last Minstrel Show, 2012, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
A ROSE FOR STANLEY by Victoria L. Burke

"Told from a bitter narrator's narrow perspective, this dog story ends up more disturbing than charming."
In Burke's short story, a city employee has a violent breakdown at work and goes on medical leave, during which he meets and adopts a friendly bulldog—but their time together soon becomes threatened. Read full book review >
CROSS DOG BLUES by Richard M. Brock
Released: April 6, 2015

"A heartening read for blues fans as well as anyone interested in the history of American music and civil rights."
In his debut novel, Brock weaves together two unexpectedly intertwined tales to illustrate the wide-reaching impact of the blues on American history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >