PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Jack Batten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Vodka-sipping, jazz-loving Crang is a clever fellow who adds welcome humor to this sixth noir-light case."
A Toronto lawyer accepts another of the unusual cases (Take Five, 2013, etc.) he enjoys.Read full book review >

THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE by Katherine Hall Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A paean to the beauties of Savannah with more romantic suspense than true mystery, but it's still a charming tale filled with lively characters and mouthwatering descriptions of local food."
Two cultures gently clash. Read full book review >
DYING FOR A TASTE by Leslie Karst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Karst's series debut features a spunky heroine, a mystery loaded with red herrings, oodles of food lore, and the requisite appended recipes."
A California lawyer-turned-restaurateur adds sleuthing to her resume. Read full book review >
QUIET NEIGHBORS by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2016

"Although softer-edged and less terrifying than most of McPherson's stand-alones (Come to Harm, 2015, etc.), the slow unraveling of several deeply puzzling circumstances and the complex characters provide a fine read."
A desperate woman flees London for refuge in a quiet Scottish village. Read full book review >

IMPURE BLOOD by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A sprawling, ambitious series debut especially noteworthy for its attention to minor characters, its mix of byways and felonies, and its determination to throw every crime in the book at the Brigade Criminelle—except, presumably, the ones reserved for the sequels."
Morfoot launches a new series by mixing international terrorism with threats much closer to home—and the home is Nice. Read full book review >
HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A must for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels."
Hand explores the darker side of the human psyche in this gripping urban suspense novel, a sequel to Available Dark (2013).Read full book review >
CAPITOL PUNISHMENT by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"It's nice to think there are worse crimes than those of state legislators and their enablers. Not much else in the way of sweetness and light here, though."
Disgraced Ohio State quarterback-turned-shamus Andy Hayes finally finds somebody more widely disliked than he is: a freelance online reporter who's up to his gigabytes in scandal. Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sturdy, studly historical cop drama that's not as smooth or playful as Elmore Leonard but a good deal more accomplished than Max Allan Collins."
Taylor's criminal traversal of the 1950s leaves behind J. Edgar Hoover (Night Life, 2015) to focus on an assassination plot against newly hatched dictator Fidel Castro.Read full book review >
Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >
THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >
COLD GIRL by R.M. Greenaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Greenaway brings a keen understanding of love, loyalty, frailty, and greed to her multilayered series debut."
An uneasily matched police team searches for a young singer who's disappeared in a remote region of British Columbia. 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 >