VIOLENT CRIMES by Phillip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This last problem may sound like a thorny ethical dilemma, but it's just as weightless as every other complication in this fleet, guileless, inch-deep yarn, a tale guaranteed to get you to bed in plenty of time and leave your dreams untroubled."
What the title promises is exactly what Margolin (Worthy Brown's Daughter, 2014, etc.) delivers: another torrent of violent crimes for Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe.Read full book review >
FIND HER by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A gritty, complicated heroine like Flora Dane deserves a better plot than this needlessly complicated story."
A kidnapping survivor-turned-vigilante tries to save another young woman while the police do everything they can to save them both. Read full book review >

Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An amusing, sexually inclusive novel about joining forces to save a metropolis.
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Falter (How Much Joy Can You Stand?, 2014, etc.) and Harvey introduce an unlikely couple of crime fighters in this San Francisco-based thriller.Read full book review >
NIGHT ROAD by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"A bonus: just when you think you know exactly how this mishmash will turn out, DuBois throws in a pleasing final surprise that will make you forgive the soft-boiled ending."
A truck laden with suspicious and perhaps dangerous cargo is crossing from Canada to the U.S., and everyone on either side of the border wants a piece of the action. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >