What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan | LJ Review

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Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]

Fiction from Alexander and Minier, and Debuter Barnes | Xpress Reviews


An enjoyable historical murder mystery that will please Alexander’s existing fans, a completely original twist on the subject of insomnia from debut novelist Barnes, and another absorbing thriller from best seller Minier

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


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


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

Paris Nocturne

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


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


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 […]