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

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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

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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; […]

A Fantasy/Romance/Paranormal Romance Mix | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 3

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Armstrong, Kelley. Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology. Plume. Jan. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780452298354. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173521. FANTASY Last year, Armstrong published the first of three anthologies featuring the witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons from her “Otherworld” series. Otherworld Nights featured only one original piece out of six short stories and two novellas, which […]

Literary Authors on the Rise, from Carrie Brown to Charles Lambert | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 2

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Brown, Carrie. The Stargazer’s Sister. Pantheon. Jan. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780804197939. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780804197946. LITERARY Brown, who’s claimed the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, among other honors, returns with a novel for the 21st century set in 19th-century England. Plucked from sheer misery in Germany and brought to […]

Five Key Mysteries, from Reed Farrel Coleman to Thomas Perry | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 2

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Coleman, Reed Farrel. Where It Hurts. Putnam. Jan. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780399173035. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698184091. MYSTERY Three-time Shamus Award winner Coleman, past executive vice-president of Mystery Writers of America and called the “noir poet laureate” by the Huffington Post, here launches a new series starring a retired Suffolk County cop named Gus Murphy who […]

Best-Selling Bohjalian, First Novelists Betancourt & Yapa, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2016, Pt. 1

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Bales, Kevin. Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780812995763. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812995770. SOCIAL SCIENCE Cofounder and past president of Free the Slaves whose crusading has led to his speaking before organizations from the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to the […]

Five Key Literary/Historical Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 1

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Brown, Taylor. Fallen Land. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250077974. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893078. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Montana Prize winner Brown has published short fiction in venues like the Baltimore Review and  storySouth but makes the leap to full-blown novelist with a work set in Georgia in the final years of the Civil War. Callum, a […]

Last of the December Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Fiorato, Marina. Beatrice and Benedick. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781476776347. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888982. HISTORICAL We all know how much Beatrice and Benedick sparred in Much Ado About Nothing, but how did their relationship come about? A Shakespeare scholar whose The Glassblower of Murano won international acclaim, Fiorato reimagines their meeting at her […]

Five Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

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Greaney, Mark. Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief. Putnam. Dec. 2015. 688p. ISBN 9780399176760. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698410619. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE Coauthor of three No. 1 best sellers with Tom Clancy and sole author of the No. 1 best seller Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Greaney gives Jack Ryan more headaches in this latest thriller. Actually, […]

Mystery from Ann Cleeves to Victoria Thompson | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Cleeves, Ann. Harbour Street: A Vera Stanhope Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781250070661. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466881051. MYSTERY Malice Domestic Honored International Visitor in 2015, Cleeves won the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black; nonreaders (anyone here?) still know her from Vera, the Netflix show based on her Vera Stanhope […]