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On the Edge
Kirkus Reviews : On The Edge (November 25, 2014)

Ideal for readers who prefer a high romance-to-thrills ratio.

The Perfect Mother: A Novel

A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit.

Kirkus Reviews : Betrayed (November 25, 2014)

But exemplary first and second acts are enough to make this the most successful melding to date of Rosato & DiNunzio’s cases and Scottoline’s family-centered stand-alones (Keep Quiet, 2014, etc.).

Cities of Empire
Kirkus Reviews : Cities of Empire (November 25, 2014)

A well-documented, evenhanded work that will delight urban scholars and lay travelers.

Kirkus Reviews : Symbiont (November 25, 2014)

For those who’ve been pining for a human/tapeworm romance.

An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell

As well as a poet, Deborah Levy is a playwright, novelist, short story writer and essayist, and her multi-layered talents shine through An Amorous Discourse with sharp characterisation and witty dialogue.

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories

This collection was first published in 1968, but it’s timeless. It suggests the milieux of Edward Hopper paintings, ones in which the paint itself writhes under your gaze.


While it is certainly a fine book, I consider this to be the least satisfactory of Robinson’s four novels but still very much worth reading.

The Leipzig Affair

Fiona Rintoul is to be congratulated on her debut novel which held me enthralled for two or three days and plunged me into the world of the old German Democratic Republic and reminds me of how crippling to the human spirit a life under Communism must have been.

A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

A wonderful writer, witty and economical, he generally applies a light touch to emotionally heavy material.

The Burning Room

“The Burning Room” is the best Bosch book in years, not only because of its sharp dialogue and fast-paced detective wizardry, but also because it neither dawdles nor lets Harry get moody.

Broken Homes

While I was not too happy with the pace of this book (middle of a series doldrums), this book is a must read for those who love police procedural, London, and magic.

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers

This brave and important book describes the corruption of an entire country: “Between them all, they have turned Mexico into a graveyard.”

Watch Me: A Memoir

Watch Me is full of glitz and glamour. But beneath the sequins and the kelly-green silk jersey beats a real and honest heart.

Beautiful You: A Novel

Cloaked in the weird and the taboo, what could have been an interesting meditation on feminism, sexuality, and consumerism is just the author's masturbatory exercise in misogyny and shock tactics.

Lovely, Dark, Deep

Oates’ short stories are captivating, sad, compassionate, and haunting. They continue to capture the uncertainty, hurt, and darkness in all of us. Her fertile mind is our gain.

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

With the 50th anniversary of the great man’s death upon us, The Churchill Factor is well timed to provoke discussion, perhaps in one of the many pubs that bear the Churchill name.

Who We Be

Who We Be is a history, yes, but one that’s very consciously located in 2014—a book that demands to be read now.

Something Rich and Strange

Reading this collection is like taking a long walk into that haunted gorge where the ginseng grows wild. Trust me: In here you'll find many things, even the dark matters, quite wonderful.


Overall, this is a first-class book about faith, about the complexity of relationships and, above all, about what it means to be a good and decent man, struggling with life’s problems.