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 […]

Six Award-Winning Novelists, from Peter Behrens to John Wray| Fiction Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 1


Behrens, Peter. Carry Me. Pantheon. Feb. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9781101870495. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870518. LITERARY/HISTORICAL The author of The Law of Dreams, which received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2006, and 2012’s The O’Briens, ravishingly reviewed here, returns with another significant historical saga. Set in Europe between the world wars, it is […]

A Cain Kickback, Patterson in Paris, & the Art of the Thriller | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 4


Abbott, Jeff. The First Order. Grand Central. Jan. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780316268424. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455558407. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455591855. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Three-time Edgar Award nominee Abbott returns with the fifth in his high-octane, newly formatted Sam Capra series. No word on plot yet, but this book is being positioned as a breakout; […]