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Book of Numbers: A Novel

Buried amidst the techspeak...is a fascinating story of the power of high-tech’s most successful firms and the fate of privacy in a world in which everyone is connected. Cohen the fledgling novelist is a riveting character, especially in the book’s quieter, more contemplative moments.


Birdie

I can’t claim that Lindberg’s goal is to smash colonial attitudes with this book, but fiction is a powerful ally in this revolution.


Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

Reading Empire of Deception was like getting on the storied Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island – opened the very year Koretz was caught – holding your breath throughout its peaks and valleys, then getting out of the car, flushed and shaken, only wanting to ride it all over again.


The Fixer
Bookreporter : The Fixer (June 12, 2015)

The Fixer is one of Joseph Finder’s most complex yet straightforward books. It also contains some of his best writing --- no mean feat after 11 previous novels --- and a number of memorable, if not completely likable, characters.


The Convictions of John Delahunt: A Novel

It’s a realistic, complex tale that raises important, topical questions about society, government and morality.


The House of Hawthorne: A Novel

For those who enjoyed Erika’s previous novels, you definitely have to pick this one up. And for all those historical fiction readers, this one definitely now belongs on your list!


Dietland

It’s tempting to call the novel surreal or cartoonish, but it’s really only the violent retributions that are unrealistic – young girls and servicewomen are gang-raped in vignettes lifted wholesale from the headlines, and the suggestive images of women’s bodies targeted by Jennifer need no embellishment.


An Ember in the Ashes

Overall this was a debut story that I enjoyed for its fast-paced plot, and engaging characters. It didn’t quite re-invent the wheel but what the author does is present a story that has a fresh touch to it and is well written within its genre confines.


The Sunken Cathedral: A Novel

Reader, you may recognize pieces of yourself and beloveds here. Sharp, richly imagined, “The Sunken Cathedral” serves — like much of Walbert’s work — as a lovely manifesto: Attention must be paid.


The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime

“The Daemon Knows” doesn’t only reanimate a reader’s appreciation of these American classics. It reminds us how literature can summon us to become our own better selves.


The Illuminations

“The Illuminations” is deftly orchestrated and quietly moving. It satisfies in much the same way that his previous fine novel, “Be Near Me,” did.


The Green Road: A Novel

Enright’s writing is by turns lyrical and aphoristic, depending on whose story she is entering, but she never loses the fine sense of irony that is a thread throughout her work.


Death is a Welcome Guest: Plague Times Trilogy 2

This is all done with great brio and an assurance that allows Louise Welsh to skate blithely over the many improbabilities.


In the Unlikely Event

Haunting and poignant in equal measure.


The Knockoff: A Novel

A fun look at the challenges in the workplace Gen Xers face with the influx of Millennials.


The House of Hawthorne: A Novel

But here, again, Robuck remains true to her style and leaves us satisfied with the simple but determined words of her heroine: “And in our story, the romance of the Hawthornes, I will have the final word.”


Mercy House

This is extreme horror at its best, so don't step into this book with an uneasy stomach. You must wait sixty minutes after eating before opening up Mercy House.


The Cage

Action-packed and just plain different, you will never look at an animal enclosure in the same way again.