Fiction

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Fiction: Anderson/Peart, Child, Fox, Gayle, Lagercrantz, Quarles, Raybourn, & Williams | Xpress Reviews

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Anderson & Peart return to steampunk, a superbly plotted new Reacher tale, love and loss from Fox, small-town tension from Gayle, a simple debut, Lisbeth Salander in the hands of Lagercrantz, time travel done right, a bang-up series opener from Raybourn, a fierce collection of stories from Williams

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham | LJ Review

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Grisham, John. Rogue Lawyer. Doubleday. Oct. 2015. ISBN. 9780385539432. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539449. F In his latest, Grisham introduces ­Sebastian Rudd, a renegade street lawyer with an unconventional yet right-minded approach toward advocating for the powerless. Rudd’s cases involve social misfits—all wrongfully accused. There’s the drug-addled sexual pervert from a satanic cult, wanted for molesting and […]

Fiction from Adler-Olsen, Dugoni, Mr. Kellerman, May, Mitchell & Blaney, and a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Department Q gets a new case; Dugoni’s pens a compelling thriller; despite Kellerman’s ending, the rush up is exciting and definitely worth it; May creates atmosphere you can cut with a dirk; demand but no spark for Mitchell and Shay; an adequate historical mystery from a broadcaster

Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano | LJ Review

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Modiano, Patrick. Paris Nocturne. Yale Univ. Oct. 2015. 208p. tr. from French Mark Polizzotti. ISBN 9780300215885. pap. $16. F A young man crossing Paris’s Place des Pyramides late at night is sideswiped by a car whose driver, a woman in a fur coat, stumbles out injured when the car slams into one of the square’s […]

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin | LJ Review

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Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Delacorte. Dec. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780345528698. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780345539755. F The dazzling world of the elite in 1950s and 1960s New York is the setting for this fourth novel by best-selling historical fiction author Benjamin (The Aviator’s Wife). Riding high on his early literary successes, Truman Capote […]

Legal Thrills from Grisham and Stone | LJ Reviews

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Grisham devotees will enjoy a convincing plot propelled by a memorable protagonist; Stone grabs American readers with a complex plot, strong character development, and a nitty-gritty portrayal of ­London’s seamier side

Fiction from Banville, Donati, Evison, Heaberlin, Neville, Radish, & Wiggs | Xpress Reviews

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Banville on creative sorts; more on the Bonner family; Evison’s quick-paced family drama; Heaberlin’s deliciously twisty tale; Neville’s latest intrigue; a fanciful tale from Radish; a beautiful lake setting and powerful emotions from Wiggs

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | LJ Review

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Anna Waterhouse. Mycroft Holmes. Titan. Sept. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781783291533. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781783291564. F When rumors of missing persons and mysterious footprints in the sand travel from the shores of Trinidad to the heart of London, there’s only one man for the job: Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock’s older brother is cutting his teeth in […]

Betwixt and Between: New Adult Fiction | Collection Development, September 1, 2015

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New adult (NA) is one of the most loved and fiercely hated trends to emerge this decade. Many decry NA as a mere marketing ploy, while others are excited that an overlooked demographic is finally getting its share of the spotlight. These 33 sources will give patrons plenty to ponder.

Standout Fall Fiction Debuts | LJ Reviews

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A fresh voice and broadened scope to the Holmes canon; a must-read for fans and denizens of the Big Easy; a darkly comic debut about love and families; DeCarlo combines suspense and heartache; laughter, tears, and just plain fun from Noblin