Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE GERMAN by James Patrick Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Hunt (Once Upon a Time in Camelot, 2016, etc.) supplies the perfect antidote for post-election blues: the assurance that all those endless geopolitical calculations could be settled once and for all by a spot of violent personal revenge against the bad actors."
A German intelligence agent who suffered dire consequences when he refused to change a report at the behest of a pair of Americans vows to make them suffer even more. Read full book review >
DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A funny and charming story that will delight readers from the first page to the last."
When two strangers are found alone in a summerhouse during a ball in Victorian London, they're forced into an engagement neither of them wants—at first. Read full book review >

HAVOC by Jamie Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A generally successful, fun romance from an author to watch."
When Hailey meets her spoiled cousin's ex-boyfriend Mike, an up-and-coming rock star, she's stunned by their mutual attraction, especially when it becomes clear that being with him could mean the end of her own dreams. Read full book review >
HIS COWBOY HEART by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An interesting book that turns a lot of established tropes and gender norms on their sides."
Ford Kendrick and Jamie Keller broke up because of clashing family problems—Jamie's drove her away from their hometown even as Ford's kept him rooted there. They each left the relationship broken by the difficult choices they were forced to make. Read full book review >
UNEXPECTEDLY HERS by Jamie Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Beck's fans will be thrilled by the latest in her witty, sexy, and unexpectedly emotional contemporary-romance series."
A contemporary small-town romance between a mousy innkeeper and a snowboarding champion who can't quite recall where he's seen her before. Read full book review >

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS by Ruth Hogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Readers looking for some undemanding, old-fashioned storytelling with a sprinkling of magic will find it here."
Hogan's whimsical first novel weaves together the stories of two British assistants, one of whom works for a publisher in the 1970s and the other who, in the present day, works for an unusual elderly gentleman who has dedicated himself to assembling a room full of "a sad salmagundi" of 40 years' worth of detritus lost or abandoned by its owners. Read full book review >
FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A character-driven tale that maintains its sincerity even in its most nerve-wracking moments."
In Beakey's (Double Abduction, 2007) thriller, an investigation into a tragic accident during a blizzard reveals a string of secrets—including a murder.Read full book review >
GUNMETAL GRAY by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"At about 500 pages, this one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy's spirit lives on."
The latest high-energy entry in the Gray Man series (Back Blast, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN by Burt Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book is billed as 'A John Hay Mystery,' indicating that there may be more to come. Solomon (Where They Ain't, 2000, etc.) depicts the scores of people around Lincoln with vigor and authority. His middling mystery is a passable MacGuffin for his rich historical offering."
Disturbing questions arise after the tragic death of Abraham Lincoln's beloved son, Willie. Could it possibly be…? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the history of the early republic and to the scholarly literature of civil rights."
In actual practice, it has been far from self-evident in America that all men—all people—are created equal. Read full book review >
MOST DANGEROUS PLACE by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Grippando gets underway with a bang and never lets up, springing a series of carefully calibrated surprises in and out of the courtroom guaranteed to catch even the canniest readers unaware."
Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck's 25th case is one of his best. Read full book review >
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine."
A missing neighbor, a series of fires, and turmoil at work are just the start of Samantha Clair's problems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >