Fifteen Mystery/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ahnhem, Stefan. Victim Without a Face: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2016. 592p. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. ISBN 9781250103185. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103192. THRILLER Screenwriter Ahnhem joins the Swedish crime brigade with a first novel whose initial victims were class bullies three decades ago. Alas, criminal investigator Fabian Risk, who’s […]

Anderson/Rovin, Jennifer Chiaverini, J.A. Jance, Karin Slaughter | Essential Pop Fiction, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Anderson, Gillian & Jeff Rovin. The Sound of Seas. (The EarthEnd Saga, Bk. 3). Simon451: S. & S. 320p. ISBN 9781476776590. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476776613. SF Having proven herself as a writer with her well-received “EarthEnd Saga” series, written with New York Times best-selling author Rovin, award-winning actress Anderson wraps up the series with some […]

Chillers from Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, Charles Todd, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Andrews, Donna. Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250078551. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890879. MYSTERY Andrews launched her career with the Malice Domestic Contest–winning Murder with Peacocks, which grabbed Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times honors for best first novel, and has since gone on to New […]

Literary Fiction from IMPAC Award Winner Barker to Russian American Author Vapnyar | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 2

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Barker, Nicola. The Cauliflower. Holt. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781627797191. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627797207. LITERARY Not as well known here as one might expect, edgy, tell-it-slant British author Barker collects prizes and nominations like candy: she’s won the IMPAC, Hawthornden, and PEN/Macmillan awards and been short-listed for the Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes. Her subject […]

Pop Fiction from Multi-Award-Winner China Miéville to Mega–Best Seller Susan Wiggs| Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 2

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–Grant, Mira. Chimera. Orbit: Hachette. Aug. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780316381000. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316381017; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316380997. CD/downloadable. Hachette Audio. SF Ew, creepy. In the Hugo-nominated, best-selling Grant’s “Parasitology” trilogy, people become violent sleepwalkers as implanted tapeworms make them run amok. This wrap-up finds heroine Sal and her family contending with the wormy […]

Irish Stars, New York Landscapes, & Colorado Chills | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Leo, Forrest. The Gentleman. Penguin Pr. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780399562631. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399562648. LITERARY Victorian poet Lionel Savage marries lovely Vivien Lancaster for her money and, in a fit of despondency over his sudden inability to write, accidentally conjures up the Devil, with whom he politely discusses literature. Later, when he realizes that […]

Top Pop from Carriger, Harbison, Iggulden, Steel, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Banner, Catherine. The House at the Edge of Night. Random. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780812998795. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998801. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Having published the first in a YA trilogy when she was only 15, Banner goes adult at the veteran age of 25, offering a saga starring three generations of women striving to […]

Mystery from Linda Castillo to Tim Weaver | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250061577. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867277. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has a new assignment, to the dismay of her current squeeze, State Agent John Tomasetti. Posing as an Amish widow, she’s to infiltrate a remote […]

Thrillers from Megan Abbott to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Abbott, Megan. You Will Know Me. Little, Brown. Jul. 2016. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316231084. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365918. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER After murder rips apart the gymnastics community shortly before 15-year-old aspiring Olympian Devon’s big competition, mom Katie attends to escalating rumors and the suddenly revealed allegiances among various parents. She’s also drawing closer […]

Literary Fiction from Prize Winners Hebert, Levy, Nadzam, Pollack, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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de Botton, Alain. The Course of Love. S. & S. Jul. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781501134258. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134432. LITERARY Though de Botton is best known for books like The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust Can Change Your Life, he opened his writing career in 1993 with the novel Essays in Love (called On […]