Best Fiction Books of 2013


LEXICON by Max Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"An up-all-night thriller for freaks and geeks who want to see their wizards all grown up in the real world and armed to the teeth in a bloody story."
Modern-day sorcerers fight a war of words in this intensely analytical yet bombastic thriller. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2013

"A must for fans desperate to move beyond boilerplate urban fantasy."
For her latest dark fantasy series, Bishop (Twilight's Dawn, 2011, etc.) invents an entire Earth-like world, Namid, populated by a fascinating array of supernatural Others—and the humans who are their prey. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT OF THE COMET by George Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A fine story of everyday sadness and otherworldly joys."
Filled with the kind of wistful longing that characterizes the coming-of-age novel, this latest from the talented Bishop brings stardust and domestic disillusionment to the bayous of Louisiana. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"A soulful why-done-it."
In post-World War II Tuscany, a serial killer targets the remnants of a noble family. Read full book review >
BOX OFFICE POISON by Phillipa Bornikova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Refreshingly different, intriguing and involving: a sequel that's even better than the splendid opener."
Second in the series (This Case Is Gonna Kill Me, 2012) about New York lawyer Linnet Ellery and the vampire law firm she works for, set in a world dominated by the Powers—vampires, werewolves and Álfar (elves)—who revealed themselves less than half a century ago. Read full book review >

BREAKING POINT by C.J. Box
Released: March 12, 2013

"Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe's 13th case one of his most tendentious, but it's Box who makes it one of his most exciting."
Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Joe Pickett, who attracts trouble the way carcasses attract maggots (Force of Nature, 2012, etc.), gets in the line of fire between an old friend and the Feds. Read full book review >
WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013

"Bulawayo crafts a moving and open-eyed coming-of-age story."
A loosely concatenated novel in which Darling, the main character and narrator of the story, moves from her traditional life in Zimbabwe to a much less traditional one in the States. Read full book review >
LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Pruning away the florid subplots that often clutter his heaven-storming blood baths, Burke produces his most sharply focused, and perhaps his most harrowing, study of human evil, refracted through the conventions of the crime novel."
Dave Robicheaux's latest Montana vacation is beset by demons old and new. Read full book review >