Fiction Previews

Key Literary Titles from Duchovny, Hellenga, Jane Hamilton, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Duchovny, David. Bucky F*cking Dent. Farrar. Apr. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374110420. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714765. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award–winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration–era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while […]

Nineteen Essential Mysteries/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Barclay, Linwood. Far from True: A Promise Falls Novel. NAL. Mar. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780451472700. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698182301. THRILLER When a screen at a seen-better-days drive-in tumbles down, killing four people, the daughter of one victim persuades PI Cal Weaver to investigate a break-in at her father’s house, where a hidden room reveals some […]

Top Commercial Fiction from Brackston, Evanovich, Mitchard, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate & Victoria Christopher Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. Gallery. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476748887. pap. $15. POP FICTION/AFRICAN AMERICAN Billingsley and Murray are both No. 1 national best-selling authors, with the former a NAACP Image Award winner and the latter a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and they have joined together […]

Debut Fiction from Award Winners, Movie Moguls, & Journalists | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Heaney, Katie. Dear Emma. Grand Central. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781455534609. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455534593. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455534647. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE Author of the beloved and funny memoir Never Have I Ever and a staff writer at Buzzfeed, Heaney turns out a coming-of-age tale starring college junior Harriet, the anonymous […]

From Paulette Jiles to Bruce Wagner | Literary Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Mar. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. HISTORICAL After the Civil War, people in northern Texas are so starved for word of the world that Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a decent living traveling the region’s rough roads to read newspapers to paying crowds. Then he […]

Kelman, Romano-Lax, Warlick, & More | Last of the Literary Fiction in Preview, Feb. 2016, Pt. 5


Kelman, Stephen. Man on Fire. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781632864390. $26. LITERARY How would you like to have three 40-pound slabs of concrete smashed over your groin or 31 watermelons dropped nearly simultaneously on your stomach from a height of more than 30 feet? That’s what Bibhuti Nayak does as a specialist in […]

Last of the February 2016 Pop Fiction | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 4


Bjørk, Samuel. I’m Traveling Alone. Viking. Feb. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780525428961. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698193802. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER Already a well-known novelist, playwright, and singer/songwriter in his native Norway (under the name Frode Sander Øien), Bjørk leaps into the Scandinavian crime fiction game with this story of a special homicide unit in Oslo investigating […]

Fetishes, Time Travel, & Disappearing Authors | Debut Fiction, Feb. 2016, Pt. 3


Boyce, Trudy Nan. Out of the Blues. Putnam. Feb. 2016. 351p. ISBN 9780399167263. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698140707. THRILLER Following more than 30 years with the Atlanta PD as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant, Boyce leaps into writing with this story of brand-new homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt, assigned a cold […]

From Jeffrey Archer to Minette Walters | 22 Thriller & Mystery Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 2


Archer, Jeffrey. Cometh the Hour. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781250061621. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867505. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Billed as a thriller but as much a family saga, this sixth in Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles” (after last year’s Mightier Than the Sword) opens with a suicide note and ends up […]

Bacigalupi, Crais, Kenyon, Sandford, & More Chiller Authors | Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4


Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback. Putnam. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780399170843. $26.95. THRILLER When 17-year-old Dillon Yates is sentenced to a lockdown juvenile facility for a minor prank, his mother asks Spenser to investigate why so many youngsters from their town have received similar sentencing from the local get-tough judge. The ugly answer has […]