Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015


Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

Spy Stories: Espionage by the Book


The action is fast and furious in McCauley’s hard-as-nails thriller; a triumphal sequel from Matthews; McCarry dazzles readers with smart dialog and fascinating characters; McGee’s entertaining adventure is for those who like their spies with quick wit and fists

Best-Selling Thrillers from Jussi Adler-Olsen to Kathy Reichs | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 2


Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Hanging Girl. Dutton. Sept. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9780525954941. $28. CD: Penguin Audio. THILLER In the sixth Department Q thriller (after The Marco Effect), a cold case involving a 17-year-old girl found hanging in a tree leads Det. Carl Mørck and his assistants, Assad and Rose, to a sun-worshipping cult on the remote […]

Coulter, Kadrey, McCall Smith, Silva, & More | Hot Commercial Fiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 4


Abercrombie. Joe. Half a War. Del Rey. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780804178457. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804178471.  FANTASY First Half a King (July 2014), then Half the World (February 2015), and now the wrap-up to a trilogy featuring Yarvi, unassuming heir to the throne, who avenges his father’s murder and, with a warrior-hopeful young woman named […]

Thrilling Stuff from Jefferson Bass to Dick Wolf | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3


Bass, Jefferson. The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel. Morrow. Jun. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062262332. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062262356. THRILLER Ten years after Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm for conducting posthumous research, things are looking bad. He’s accused of misidentifying a body, threatened by a serial killer who has already attempted to kill […]

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


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, […]

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, November 22, 2013


Creative nonfiction, Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights, enjoying gin, A charming book that will appeal to Colette fans, England’s early 20th-century modernist literary circles, on Aristotle and Machiavelli, American Spies

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, December 21, 2012


A Creole woman photographer’s story, the cure for writer’s block, advice for young professionals, Native American artworks, what is wrong with capitalism, Richard Russo’s life of his emotionally ill mother, “The Search for Immortality” in Han China, and the history of intelligence operations