Dodgers by Bill Beverly | LJ Review

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With characterizations recalling the best of George Pelecanos, this debut novel by Beverly (American literature, Trinity Univ.; On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America) follows the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin.

Smaill’s Debut of the Month, Charlton, Griep, Kay, plus Nebula Awards News & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2016

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VISITING VIVIDLY IMAGINED worlds is a large reason so many readers enjoy sf and fantasy. The sights, sounds, rituals, and cultures all create a richly transporting experience.

Join by Steve Toutonghi | LJ Review

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First novelist Toutonghi builds a complicated and technology-heavy realm with ethical components relevant in today’s society.Enthusiasts of futuristic technology and sf writers such as Philip K. Dick will find this ambitious work thought provoking.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review

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This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard | LJ Review

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The realm of fairy tales meets the harsh world of the Fae in this starkly enticing debut.

First “Writes” of Spring | First Novels 2016

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This season’s first novels range over a multitude of time periods, global settings, and genres, and come from authors with a variety of backgrounds. Hear what the critics have to say!

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review

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Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

The Widow by Fiona Barton | LJ Review

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Barton’s first novel is one of suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning.

The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

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Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Small Press Discovery: Jimmy Bluefeather Wins National Outdoor Book Award

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Kim Wilcox’s Jimmy Bluefeather, the first novel to be published by Alaska Northwest Books in 56 years, also became the first work of fiction to win a National Outdoor Book Award.