LION PLAYS ROUGH by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

""We're lawyers, not private detectives," Leo's boss, Jeanie, Teddy's ex-wife, tells him. In his sophomore outing, though, Leo shines a lot more brightly as a private detective than as a lawyer."
Now that he's solved the shooting that left his brother Teddy seriously disabled (Bear Is Broken, 2013), Oakland attorney Leo Maxwell is ready to juggle a trio of cases that put him on the hot seat. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Seemingly pre-measured for the movies, sometimes to its detriment but often to good effect; all in all, a quick, deft, promising first crime novel."
In Swanson's debut crime thriller, a sedate man encounters the mysterious woman who ignited his passion years ago—and now plunges him into the depths of noir. Read full book review >

BUBBLE by Anders de la Motte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An interesting concept developed into an exciting read."
The finale of a trilogy that presents an unlikely sibling alliance against a mysterious social media game. Read full book review >
THE CONTRACTORS by Harry Hunsicker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"It is, though the story is seldom subtle enough to explore those ironies."
Veteran mystery writer Hunsicker (Crosshairs, 2007, etc.) turns in an ever-so-timely tale of mayhem and murder set on familiar Texas turf. Read full book review >
BAPTISM by Max Kinnings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A greased-lightning thriller that will doubtless make a perfect summer movie—preferably one to sit through on the hottest day of the year."
Kinnings' debut is a grueling, minute-by-minute account of the eight hours after a pair of religious fanatics seizes control of a train in the London Underground. Read full book review >

PAPER SOLDIERS by Joe Joffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Fast-paced and chilling."
In this legal thriller, law firm associate Jake Green uncovers star client North Petroleum's involvement with atrocities committed in the Middle East. Read full book review >
THE NEWMAN RESIDENT by Charles Swift
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Why can't all thrillers be this satisfying?"
Swift's bracing debut thriller envisions a New York where career-minded parents allow fascist institutions to raise their children. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A difficult story about a terrible, selfish and deluded woman with a disagreeable personality and a spineless husband."
British author Hannah's latest novel explores the psyche of a woman whose life is troubled by a noisy neighbor and the enforced absence of her own small child. Read full book review >
AN OFFICER AND A SPY by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Espionage, counterespionage, a scandalous trial, a coverup and a man who tries to do right make this a complex and alluring thriller."
Labyrinthine machinations having to do with the Dreyfus Affair, the late 19th-century spy case that disclosed a latent anti-Semitism in French culture. Read full book review >
RIPPER by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Credit Allende for attempting to expand her range, but crime fiction is plainly not her forte."
A seasoned hand at the intimate Latin American literary novel and young-adult fantasy takes an ungainly stab at a page-turner about a serial killer. Read full book review >
THE PAWNBROKER by David Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Fans of the Sister Agatha and Ella Clah mysteries (Ghost Medicine, 2013, etc.) will find the Thurlos' new series kickoff more thriller than mystery, though there's still a touch of the trademark Navajo lore."
Two war veterans find that their special ops skills come in unexpectedly handy back stateside in Albuquerque, N.M. Read full book review >
THE LABYRINTH by Wilmont R. Kreis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A topical, serpentine thriller with a conscience.   "
A dramatic, high-stakes drama centered on a health care fraud. Read full book review >