Best Fiction Books of 2013


THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."
Remember Merrily We Roll Along, the Sondheim musical out of Kaufman and Hart that began with its climactic scene and worked backward to the beginning? Deaver's borrowed the same concept and juiced it with assorted felonies, nonstop suspense and his trademark braininess. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND PARDONS by Jonathan Dee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"With his sixth novel, Pulitzer finalist Dee has written a page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological insight. What a triumph."
A marriage flames out. Gleefully, thrillingly, Dee (The Privileges, 2010, etc.) tracks its aftermath, focusing primarily on the evolution of the ex-wife.  Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: July 30, 2013

"A first-rate yarn of war and the sea that will keep the reader on edge right to the end."
A World War II naval thriller in the tradition of Edward L. Beach's Run Silent, Run Deep, pitting an American submarine against daunting odds. Read full book review >
DEEP SPACE by Ian Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 30, 2013

"As immersive as it is impressive."
An addition to Douglas' medium-future alien-warfare series (Singularity, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
PACIFIC by Tom Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"The always fresh perspective of this one-of-a-kind writer will have you responding like his character, who "laughed with surprise in her heart.""
Getting by, getting over, getting laid: Drury's characters keep busy in his fifth novel, another wild ride. Read full book review >

DIRTY LOVE by Andre Dubus III
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"First-rate fiction by a dazzling talent."
Dubus anatomizes personal—especially sexual—relationships brilliantly in these loosely concatenated novellas. Read full book review >
BLOOD & BEAUTY by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Dunant's biggest and best work to date, this intelligently readable account of formative events and monster players has Hilary Mantel-era quality best-seller stamped all over it."
The big, bad Borgia dynasty undergoes modern reconsideration in the best-selling British author's epic new biofiction. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT by Kevin Egan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 2013

"A crystalline noir nightmare built on the premise that yes, things can always, always, always get worse."
A pair of court employees can hold onto their jobs for another year—if only they can hide the news of their boss's death for 24 hours. Read full book review >