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The Famous and the Dead

Parker has plenty of fun with this story, but he’s serious, too. Where is the line between flesh-and-blood criminality and evil of supernatural origin?


Bolivar: American Liberator

Bolivar is a monumental achievement destined to win some major literary prizes.


Maya's Notebook

There’s a lot to like here, starting with Maya. She reminds us of the central role that luck or lack of it can play in our lives. And her slow return to a more sure-footed existence shows us that sometimes, we can triumph anyway.


Tenth of December: Stories

As well of exploring imaginary places and worlds, Saunders is also interested in investigating the inner minds of all kinds of “unusual” people, including teenagers, making them seem authentic, familiar and wholly unexpected all at the same time.


The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel

I laughed out loud more than once at her very real portrayal of mommyhood (all the dirty and stinky parts that folks sometimes gloss over).


Wise Men: A Novel

For Stuart Nadler to be writing as he does, to show such maturity of insight and to have achieved the level of recognition he has whilst still under the age of 35 is amazing. There’s plenty of time for grand comparisons, and my feeling is this is just the magnificent start for him.


Amity & Sorrow: A Novel

The book is disturbing in its implications; however, the distance created by the isolation of the characters and their disconnectedness from one another made for odd but enthralling reading.


Sleight of Hand

Sleight Of Hand simply confirms Phillip Margolin's place among the top rung of Mystery/Thriller writers with the addendum that he's also one of the most under-appreciated ones.


Three Parts Dead

Three Parts Dead works as a stand-alone, but Max Gladstone also set up a lot he can play with later. I was thrilled to learn this novel is the first of a series, and I think if you give this book a shot you will be, too.


Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East

A clarion call for change and more—not less—engagement with Islam.


My Animals and Other Family

An irresistible look at the horsey mores of the landed English.


Unnatural Creatures

At more than 400 pages, Unnatural Creatures may be too much of a good thing. With a little whittling, Gaiman could have created a leaner, more thrilling beast.


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

Noble Savages is a lively contribution to one of the great scientific shitstorms of the past several years, but the definitive account of Chagnon and his tormentors is yet to be written, probably by someone who can think about the whole case without his blood pressure soaring into the red zone.


The City of Devi: A Novel

The City Of Devi means to use all this danger to give Jaz and Sarita’s escape a sense of urgency, but it’s more satisfying just to watch this carefully crafted world burn down.


The Movement of Stars

Author Amy Brill combines several themes --- women's rights, closed faith communities, life in an isolated place, practicing one's spirituality, pursuing one's dreams --- and weaves them into a well-researched, well-written and entirely believable story that readers will enjoy because the themes are timeless.


A Nearly Perfect Copy: A Novel

The questions that Allison Amend raise in A Nearly Perfect Copy could seem peculiar to the sophisticated, elite world of art, art sales and art valuations... But, very cleverly, Amend moves these questions and their ambiguous answers to the world of science and cloning, and also encourages readers to ask their own questions.


The Carrion Birds

The Terror of Living, Waite’s 2011 debut novel, more than fulfilled its own promise; The Carrion Birds, his sophomore effort, manages to surpass his first with a dark and violent tale of attempted atonement and redemption that seems doomed to fail from the start...


The Famous and the Dead

The Famous and the Dead provides a satisfying conclusion to the Charlie Hood series, or story arc, as the case may be. Surely, enough characters are left at the conclusion of the book to provide material for at least another installment or two (or five) should Parker choose to do so.


Midnight at Marble Arch

Midnight at Marble Arch is stunning and insightful from start to finish, and features a trial sequence that may be the best Perry has written to date


Secrets from the Past

The novel remains true to the genre that influenced it but is daring enough to introduce some heady topics as well. Serena Stone is a potentially interesting heroine, written with a compelling blend of strength and vulnerability, intelligence and emotion; she, along with her supporting cast, will thrill loyal fans.