THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >
KINGS OF MIDNIGHT by Wallace Stroby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 10, 2012

"Once again Stroby demonstrates how adept he is at making readers empathize with the essentially unworthy."
Chasing her retirement number, superthief Crissa Stone (Cold Shot to the Heart, 2011, etc.) fills bunches of money bags. And body bags. Read full book review >

THE APOCALYPSE CODEX by Charles Stross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 3, 2012

"Readers familiar with Stross' dazzling science fiction should relish this change of pace and direction."
Fourth in the series (The Fuller Memorandum, 2010, etc.) about the Laundry: a weirdly alluring blend of superspy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2012

"Profound empathy and understated eloquence mark a novel so artfully nuanced that the last few pages send the reader back to the first few, with fresh understanding."
A novel as contemporary as international terrorism and the war in Iraq and as timeless as mortality, from one of Britain's literary masters. Read full book review >
HAND ME DOWN by Melanie Thorne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2012

"Failed by the adults in her life and forced to be the grown-up when she should be experiencing first dates and football games, Liz is a wise, wry, wonderful heroine."
First-time author Thorne wears her heart on her sleeve in this semiautobiographical tale about a 14-year-old who juggles equal amounts of hope and despair in her chaotic daily life. Read full book review >

THE COLDEST WAR by Ian Tregillis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 2012

"Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling."
Independently intelligible sequel to the dark fantasy Bitter Seeds (2010), something like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2012

"Riveting, heartbreaking, profoundly moving."
In Walker's stunning debut, a young California girl coming-of-age in a dystopian near future confronts the inevitability of change on the most personal level as life on earth withers. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"A superb romp."
Hollywood operators and creative washouts collide across five decades and two continents in a brilliant, madcap meditation on fate. Read full book review >