TRY NOT TO BREATHE by Holly Seddon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Great plotting, but the author's oddball imagery proves distracting."
Two unlikely friends—a woman left unresponsive by an attack when she was a teen and a divorced alcoholic—intersect in Seddon's psychological thriller. Read full book review >
THE QUALITY OF SILENCE by Rosamund Lupton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Shrewdly commercial and seamed with some memorable descriptions of the polar wilds, Lupton's latest, though unsteady at times, delivers an engrossing wallop of readable escapism."
Can an intrepid mother and her plucky deaf daughter survive a perilous ride across a midnight polar landscape to find the missing-presumed-dead third member of their family? Read full book review >

BACK BLAST by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The author also writes Tom Clancy novels with the imprimatur of the Clancy estate (Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, 2015, etc.), and this series is in the same style. Clancy fans will have a blast."
Fifth in the Gray Man series, this high-energy thriller pits a highly trained killer against a powerful and unexpected foe. Read full book review >
THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The idea of a woman who stands beside an alleged monster is an intriguing one, and very nearly well-executed here, if it weren't bogged down with other too-familiar plotlines."
A woman whose recently deceased husband was the prime suspect in a horrific crime struggles with how—and if—she wants to step out from behind his shadow. Read full book review >
THE ORION PLAN by Mark Alpert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Alpert, one of the best writers after Michael Crichton at transforming futuristic science into believable fiction, devises such a scary scenario here, it's a shame he doesn't develop it further."
In Alpert's latest nanotech thriller, a space probe from a solar system 200 light-years away lands with an explosive bang in a marginal area of Manhattan, infecting several park regulars with malevolent alien technology. Read full book review >

THE KING OF FEAR by Drew Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Chapman again delivers a crisp thriller, tapping themes of our times that daily news has made commonplace. And once again he has left it open-ended, teasing us in anticipation of the next novel in series."
Terrorism, economic warfare, and "too big to fail" banks lend this thriller a sense of urgency. Read full book review >
I'M TRAVELING ALONE by Samuel Bjørk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Bjørk constructs a plot like a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces, and somehow it all works."
Children stolen and dressed like dolls before they're murdered bring suicidal detective Mia Kruger out of hiding and back to police work in Bjørk's complicated, yet compelling, tale. Read full book review >
THE CAPITALIST by Peter Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Morgon's fifth adventure impresses both as thriller and morality play, building a memorable and complex tapestry of greed and culpability."
When a retired CIA operative goes after a Machiavellian investment expert, it's personal. Read full book review >
SHE'S NOT THERE by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This time, Fielding seems to be phoning in the thrills."
A toddler disappears from a Mexican hotel room, deepening the fissures in an already fractured family. Read full book review >
THE SOUL WHISPERER by J.M. Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"An entertaining, if unpolished, old-school adventure with deep philosophical roots."
In this first novel from self-help and spiritual nonfiction author Harrison (We Are All One, 2015, etc.), a young married couple's European getaway turns into a perilous hunt for a mystical relic. Read full book review >
Driller by M. S. Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"A bleak novel remarkable for its linguistic acrobatics and hardscrabble charisma."
A thriller pits a single mother, her young son, and a drifter against all that the Mexican wilderness can send their way. Read full book review >
THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Lutz provides some great suggestions for going on the lam (a lot of hair dye and car switching is involved), but at its core, this is a novel about identity: a slippery notion which depends upon both how the world sees us and how we see ourselves."
With her latest books, Lutz is deep in thriller territory, and she writes like she's happy to be there. 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 >