Indie Book Reviews

BREAK SHOT by Darren Musial
THRILLERS

"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
FICTION & LITERATURE

"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 >

NEON PHANTOMS by Sean McCloy
THRILLERS
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
SURREALITY by J.D. Bradley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
THRILLERS
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 >
CROSS DOG BLUES by Richard M. Brock
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE SEVENTH THUNDER by Larry Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A frantic but never confusing story enhanced by its characters and tantalizing religious theme.
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In Brooks' (Deadly Faux, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, a widower's unpublished apocalyptic novel may actually have prophesied the end of times.Read full book review >
DEADLY FAUX by Larry Brooks
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Filled with enough twists to make a roulette wheel dizzy."
In Brooks' (Pressure Points, 2013, etc.) thriller, Wolfgang Schmitt's latest undercover gig for the FBI puts him at a Las Vegas hotel-casino to bring down mobsters. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An enlightening, accessible book that will appeal to academics and casual music fans as well as history and pop-culture trivia buffs."
Chronologies of the lives of four historical figures from the 1960s as seen through the lens of popular music. Read full book review >
THE WISE LEGACY by Daniel J. Siegel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Of greatest interest to those who knew Sidney Wise—but also a poignant reminder of a more civil political era."
This tribute volume collects statements from and interviews with students, colleagues, relatives, and friends of Sidney Wise, an influential professor. Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by Phil Slott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Although ostensibly written for caretakers and TBI survivors, this compelling read will comfort anyone who needs inspiration for overcoming an incredibly daunting situation."
From husband and wife authors Slott (Never let 'em see you sweat, 2014, etc.) and Spears, a touching, frank, and unsparing depiction of the trauma, initial recovery, and ongoing challenges surrounding traumatic brain injury (TBI). 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 >