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 […]

Aquarium Dreams, Sarong Party Girls, & Reality Show Survival | Fiction Debuts, Jul. 2016, Pt. 1

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Angell, Caroline. All the Time in the World. Holt Paperbacks. Jul. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781627794015. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781627794022. CD: Macmillan Audio POP FICTION Yet another theater person demonstrates that those who love the spoken word gravitate naturally to the written word. Playwright and director Angell crafts the story of a talented young composer […]

Kenyon, McMillan, Schine, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5

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Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda. June. Crown. Jun. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780553447682. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780553447699. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE How could Cassie Danvers have been named the sole heir of Hollywood movie idol Jack Montgomery, who says she’s his granddaughter? Her grandmother, June, couldn’t have known him, and she was so proper. But it turns […]

Fifteen Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Adler, Elizabeth. The Charmers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250058195. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862265. THRILLER A villa in the south of France, inherited from an aunt? Sounds great for Mirabella Matthews until she’s nearly run off the road while driving there with the young woman to whom she’s giving a lift. As Mirabella […]

Cara Black, Walter Mosley, Brian Panowich, & More | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 3

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Billingham, Mark. Die of Shame. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780802125255. $26. MYSTERY Twice winner of Theakston’s Old Peculiar Award for Best Crime Novel, 2015 finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library (awarded for a body of work), and a 2015 Thrillerfest spotlight guest, Billingham introduces us to six disparate people—from […]