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Stone Cold
Kirkus Reviews : Stone Cold (March 13, 2014)

Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series.


The Visitors

O’Keeffe closely observes human interactions and conveys his narrative largely through glistening dialogue that has the feel of Celtic folk poetry.


Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Carpenter’s entertaining narrative dissects caffeine’s circuitous route into consumer culture and its tenacious hold on the human mind and body.


The Cairo Affair

Mr. Steinhauer is equally comfortable evoking the world in which Arab operatives circle one another and the early mix of savagery and wild nihilism in the former Yugoslavia, though he credits an eyewitness for helping describe the area around the Balkan town of Vukovar.


The Story of the Jews

He is a loose and baggy writer, preferring to paraphrase rather than quote, and generally conveying the impression of what used to be called fatal facility.


The Accident

Unputdownable books like Mr. Pavone’s help keep the business alive and well.


The Blazing World: A Novel

This is a funny, sad, thought-provoking, and touching portrait of a woman who is blazing with postfeminist fury and propelled by artistic audacity.


Bark: Stories

There are plenty of stories being written today that are exquisitely structured, attentive to what writers sometimes like to call “the rigors of the form.”


The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

This story is not over, but Harding's tale of the opening act is a great read.


Queen Sugar: A Novel

Despite its shortcomings, Queen Sugar is an impressive debut from a talented writer and a fascinating look into the world of the contemporary South.


Cycle of Lies

Cycle of Lies reads more as an impassioned, 450-page deposition on why Armstrong is a flawed human being.


The Black-Eyed Blonde

The genre of new books by dead writers is a curious and questionable one, but Banville and his crime-writing pseudonym have played the game as well as anyone could.


The Haunted Life: and Other Writings

Here, in this small book, are the tentative beginnings of a journey that was always going to lead to the open road.


The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

Taken as a whole, though, The French Intifada is a good introduction to the most sensitive issues of race, religion, citizenship and history that grip modern France.


Zenith Hotel

His writing is astonishingly powerful and direct and suggests a lot more life experience than one would expect from such a young writer.


The Sound of Broken Glass

The murder scenes aren't too detailed to really ick out a cozy reader but they're enough to satisfy fans of the darker stuff as well, which makes this a series that I think appeals to a broad spectrum of mystery fans.


Two Sisters

This is yet another read that I can't truly say I enjoyed - it was just too heart wrenching for that.


The Winner's Curse

For all its faults, The Winner’s Curse is an entertaining and competent book – and I’m interested enough to give the series another try.


Cycle of Lies

“Cycle of Lies” is a scrupulously reported and sourced book.


Black Moon: A Novel

Calhoun's biggest ideas, though, concern perception. His prose-rich passages of hallucinogenic abandon aren't psychedelic — they're razor-sharp.