THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
THE GOD'S EYE VIEW by Barry Eisler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An engaging tale about a serious issue. Read it and squirm."
A timely thriller that will make readers wonder how much the government really knows about them. Read full book review >

KEEP CALM by Mike Binder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"It's one thing for thrills to come cheap, but they needn't be so unimaginative or so lacking in finesse."
An American ex-cop is suckered into a plot to overthrow the British prime minister in this debut thriller by the director/writer. Read full book review >
SAVING JASON by Michael Sears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"You don't need a background in economics to get drawn into this thriller, but it probably helps."
Sophisticated sleuth Jason Stafford gets drawn into a mysterious corporate takeover plot in Sears' (Long Way Down, 2015, etc.) latest high-finance thriller.Read full book review >
MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Light on surprises and character development, this tepid thriller will have most astute readers correctly guessing the ending halfway through."
An accident forces a man to return to his small Iowa hometown and confront violent secrets from his past, ones he's kept hidden from his wife. Read full book review >

LORD OF THE SWALLOWS by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Even Bond might blush."
Thriller in which lustful affairs send Soviet and American agents, spies, and counterspies plotting and panting in what nearly becomes a bedroom farce. Read full book review >
THE POISON ARTIST by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Absinthe, oysters, the painter John Singer Sargent, a classic car, and a string of disturbing deaths, possibly brought about by poison, make this dark tale memorable."
A mysterious woman, a breakup, and a man haunted by his bloody and dark past coalesce in Moore's moody thriller. Read full book review >
THE WINTER GIRL by Matt Marinovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The novel's second half devolves into a noisy, almost parodic noir, with too much coincidence, too many nested secrets, and too many people acting according to motives that seem cooked up in a laboratory where someone's trying to purify blackheartedness. But it all moves briskly, and the beginning is compelling enough to keep the reader turning pages."
The sophomore effort from Marinovich (Strange Skies, 2007) is a dark and ever darkening psychological thriller set in a bleak Hamptons winter.Read full book review >
RIVER ROAD by Carol Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A tired plot and the cliché of a heroine who does exactly what the police have asked her not to do make this a thin read."
A series of deaths on a snowy road plunges a college professor into the middle of a mystery. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR THE BROKENHEARTED by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"In this conclusion to a thoroughly gripping trilogy, Shaw draws incisive attention to little-known historical events and crafts a wholly satisfying thriller."
A cold case involving a former police officer's sister becomes linked to a current series of gruesome murders in 1969 London. Read full book review >
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"With his digital-age The Avenger, Hurwitz races by minor plot holes and spins a web of relentless intrigue with bursts of tensely sketched violence."
Kicking off a new series, Hurwitz (Don't Look Back, 2014, etc.) sets young Evan Smoak, a one-time government assassin, to work as a pro bono equalizer—one call brings a criminal to justice.Read full book review >
THE CROOKED HOUSE by Christobel Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Bleak, suspenseful writing keeps the momentum high despite a surfeit of characters and contrivances."
Thirteen years later, a young woman who survived the slaughter of her family returns to the scene of the crime. 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 >