JOURNEY TO DEATH by Leigh Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The picturesque setting can't make up for a plot that depends on the characters' keeping too much to themselves, living in denial, and generally behaving stupidly. Pray that the heroine's a little more sensible next time out."
A family vacation turns into a nightmare in this series debut. Read full book review >
PACIFIC BURN by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The third Jim Brodie thriller is a solid, action-filled effort but lacks the edgy excitement of the first and best installment, Japantown (2013)."
In the third big case taking him from his home in San Francisco to his native Japan, antiques dealer-cum-detective Jim Brodie tracks down the killers who have been knocking off the members of a friend's family. Read full book review >

CITY OF ROSE by Rob Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A novel in which a woman announces 'This is the most I've smoked since I found out I was pregnant' is one to warm the hard-bitten cockles of a noir fan's heart."
A strip-club bouncer sets out to find a dancer's missing child in the second novel featuring the detective Ash McKenna. Read full book review >
INTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Indridason's quiet authority and moody prose are beautifully at play in Erlendur's 11th case (Reykjavik Nights, 2015, etc.), another pitch-perfect procedural from a master."
An unidentified body found in a lagoon triggers dark memories for a veteran detective. Read full book review >
HOSTILE WITNESS by Leigh Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Kate's personal troubles are as poignant as her crime-solving skills are far-fetched."
A detail-oriented computer-security investigator put on unpaid leave turns the tables to investigate her former employer. Read full book review >

SHOOT by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Valentino's most relaxed and accomplished appearance to date, one whose tone of sunset valediction perfectly suits what sounds uncomfortably (say it ain't so!) like Estleman's farewell to the two genres he's been masterfully associated with for 30 years."
Estleman combines his two greatest loves, sleuthing and Westerns, in film-preservation detective Valentino's fourth appearance. Read full book review >
MURDER ON A SUMMER'S DAY by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The latest retro tale from Brody (A Woman Unknown, 2015, etc.) is based on snippets of real-life characters, so one of her best mysteries gains further depth from its historical context."
The glamour of the Raj comes to rural Yorkshire. Read full book review >
THE SAMARITAN by Mason Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Fans of Jeffery Deaver—that other thrill-master who can't resist piling on the climactic twists even as the lights are coming up and you're looking for your umbrella—should be enthralled."
Carter Blake, the "locating consultant" who made such a splash in his debut (The Killing Season, 2015), returns to help locate a bad boy who's been awfully busy for an awfully long time. Read full book review >
NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The haunted detective is as thorough as usual, though he's dealing with faster-moving events than in some of his previous adventures (A Fine Summer's Day, 2015, etc.). There's no peace for the man and only a teaser of romantic feelings he scarcely admits."
A pleasure expedition in Cornwall turns deadly in Inspector Rutledge's 18th case. Read full book review >
APRICOT'S REVENGE by Song Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Rooting contemporary crimes in government-sanctioned corruption is nothing new for American writers, but Ying's tale marks something new and welcome in Chinese fiction."
Chinese writer Ying's first appearance in English challenges the Y District Criminal Division to uncover the disturbing motive for the murder of a real estate tycoon. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that 'it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.'"
The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD STRAND by Chris Ould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In this first of a planned trilogy, Ould introduces a complicated if perhaps excessively prickly hero whose faults are mostly redeemed by the locked-room allure of the locale."
Returning to the Faroe Islands of his birth, a British police detective seeks to unravel his complicated family history and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. 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 >