A tale of convicts on the run that convincingly examines their psychological states.


A prison escape doesn’t go as planned for three inmates, who may find themselves in an even more grievous predicament, in Galdi’s (Elixir, 2014) thriller.

Getting outside the walls of Thurgood L. Crick Prison in Texas is only the beginning for Danny Marsh and fellow jailbirds Monty Montgomery and Phil Zorn. There’s the anticipated manhunt, for one, as the men high-tail it south for a Mexican refuge. Danny, still wrought with guilt over the crime that led to his five-year stint, felt that incarceration had been “killing him from the inside like a tapeworm.” So he was keen to the idea of a breakout, concocted by his much older, father-figure bunkmate, Phil. Unfortunately, someone double-crosses the fleeing prisoners, and Danny learns that freedom has a cost. With one of his friends’ lives under threat, Danny searches for a way to flee to Mexico without anyone dying. Meanwhile, Lt. John Ramos, certain that ensnaring the Crick escapees could jump-start his political career, is dead set on tracking down all three of them. Galdi generates tension with a prison break that’s more anguish than exhilaration. Danny, for example, has a panic attack when Monty’s injured on the lam. Brooding descriptions are likewise unrelenting. After tremors pass for an emotional Danny, he then feels “lighter, but more vulnerable at the same time, like a foot with a callus scraped off, the newly exposed skin healthier but more delicate.” Absorbing details abound, from what landed Danny in jail to the back story for Jane Pilgrim, a hitchhiker who crosses paths with the escapees. Endings for each of the individual characters are rock-solid and indelible.

A tale of convicts on the run that convincingly examines their psychological states.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-0-9898507-2-8

Page Count: 296

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2017

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There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.


Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering's debut, the tale of a young woman's obsession with a man who's "good at being charming."

Long Island native Lucy Albright, starts her freshman year at Baird College in Southern California, intending to study English and journalism and become a travel writer. Stephen DeMarco, an upperclassman, is a political science major who plans to become a lawyer. Soon after they meet, Lucy tells Stephen an intensely personal story about the Unforgivable Thing, a betrayal that turned Lucy against her mother. Stephen pretends to listen to Lucy's painful disclosure, but all his thoughts are about her exposed black bra strap and her nipples pressing against her thin cotton T-shirt. It doesn't take Lucy long to realize Stephen's a "manipulative jerk" and she is "beyond pathetic" in her desire for him, but their lives are now intertwined. Their story takes seven years to unfold, but it's a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities fueled by alcohol and cocaine and with oodles of sizzling sexual tension. "Lucy was an itch, a song stuck in your head or a movie you need to rewatch or a food you suddenly crave," Stephen says in one of his point-of-view chapters, which alternate with Lucy's. The ending is perfect, as Lucy figures out the dark secret Stephen has kept hidden and learns the difference between lustful addiction and mature love.

There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.

Pub Date: June 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-6964-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

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Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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