Writers To Watch, from Scott Blackwood to David Whitehouse | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blackwood, Scott. See How Small. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780316373807. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316373975. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316294843. CRIME Three teenage girls who had been tied up in a small-town Texas ice cream shop that was then set on fire watch over those they’ve left behind, trying to find ways to help them […]

Big Commercial Fiction from Dorsey, Gray, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062240019. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062240033. THRILLER After indulging in a bunch of legal movies, Florida fan and off-the-rails killer Serge Storms decides he’s found his calling…sort of. His efforts are what you might call paralegal, but they’re crucial when former flame Brook Campanella, who defends […]

Commercial Fiction from Christopher Fowler to Rebecca James | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Archer, Ursula. Five. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2014. 336p. ISBN 978125037411. $25.99; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781250037428. MYSTERY When numbers and letters tattooed to the feet of a dead woman turn out to be map coordinates, DI Beatrice Kaspary finds herself chasing around the Austrian countryside, uncovering gruesome remains and more clues that lead her on […]

Unpublished Saramago, an Icelandic Joy Ride, Cormac McCarthy’s First Screenplay, & Four Best-Selling Thriller Authors | Fiction, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine. Dec. 2014.  352p. ISBN 9780345543851. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543868. THRILLER Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli sees a connection between the death of a big game hunter, found with the body of a white snow leopard he had been commissioned to find and stuff, and other, seemingly […]

Writers To Watch from Ildefonso Falcones to Will Self | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 3

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Falcones, Ildefonso. The Barefoot Queen. Crown. Nov. 2014. 752p. ISBN 9780804139489. $28. HISTORICAL In this latest from the author of the internationally best-selling The Cathedral of the Sea, set in mid-18th-century Spain, a newly freed Cuban slave named Caridad meets the gypsy Milagros, and the two women become fast friends, even as they fall in […]

This Just In: Ten Big Novels from McEwan, Mitchell, Kinsella, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug.-Oct. 2014

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Carter, Stephen L. Back Channel. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 464p. ISBN 9780385349604. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349611. MYSTERY Yale law professor and best-selling novelist Carter (e.g., The Emperor of Ocean Park) blends fact and fiction in this story of 19-year-old Margo Jensen, a black Cornell sophomore, who holds the fate of the world in her hands when […]

Top-Selling Authors Connelly, Cornwell, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Escape. Grand Central. Nov. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9781455521197. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455521272. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579402. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring Army Special Agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo […]

Diane Chamberlain, Molly Gloss, Edward St. Aubyn, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 4

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Chamberlain, Diane. The Silent Sister. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781250010711. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250010728. CD: Macmillan Audio. CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S A longtime best-selling author who got even wider attention with last year’s Necessary Lies, Chamberlain returns with the story of a sister’s shocking discovery. Riley McPherson had always been told that her sister committed […]

Pop Fiction by 24 Best-Selling Authors from Tasha Alexander to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

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Alexander, Tasha. The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur. Oct. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250024695. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250024688. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE Appropriately, this latest in the New York Times best-selling series starring Lady Emily opens with a murder at a lavish masquerade ball, for the victim is not who she seems to be, […]

Literary Suspense from Keith Donohue, Valerie Geary, & Urban Waite | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 2

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Donohue, Keith. The Boy Who Drew Monsters. Picador. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250057150. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781250057167. LITERARY/SUSPENSE Donohue, who’s been shivering our bones since publication of the affecting national best seller, The Stolen Child, returns with a fourth novel about a boy who nearly drowned in the waters near his family’s Maine coast home. […]

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