Three Novels & a Memoir | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Guerrero, Jean. Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World: Random. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399592393. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592409. Downloadable. MEMOIR A PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize winner, Guerrero is the Fronteras reporter for San Diego’s NPR/PBS affiliate, focusing on cross-border issues. Here she writes more personally about her father, a Mexican immigrant who saw himself as […]

Bright Days, Dark Thrills | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Abbott, Jeff. The Three Beths. Grand Central. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781538728697. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538728673. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538745038. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER Odd that teenage Mariah Dunning thinks she spots her vanished mother across a crowded food court; her mom, Beth, has been presumed murdered, with suspicions falling on her husband. What’s odder: […]

From Michael Koryta to Amanda Quick | Thriller Previews, May 2018

Bell, Ted. Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. May 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780062684516. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684547. lrg. prnt. THRILLER High in the Swiss Alps, Alex Hawke’s young son, Alexei, is swept from a burning cable car by mysterious assailants in a helicopter even as Vladimir Putin parachutes from the plane that carried him away […]

Inequality, Immigration, & Eloquent Rage | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2018

Austen, Ben. High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Harper. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062235060. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062235084. SOCIAL SCIENCE/POVERTY Built in 1940s Chicago, the Cabrini-Green public housing project eventually encompassed a population of 20,000 shoved into 23 towers on 70 acres near the city’s classiest real estate. Since razed, it became […]

Banville, Mamet, Zadie Smith, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2018

Banville, John. Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9781524732837. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732844. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/TRAVEL Not just a memoir, this new work by Man Booker Prize winner Banville recounts his relationship with Dublin, a significant force in his life if not in his fiction until the Quirke mystery series […]

Britain’s Century, African American Triumph, the Cold War , & More | History Previews, Feb. 2018

Blum, Howard. We Shall Bury You! Harper. Feb. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780062458247. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458278. HISTORY A New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning author who typically investigates significant but little-known corners of U.S. history, Blum relies on recently declassified files to tell a story that starts with brilliant linguist/codebreaker Meredith Gardner learning that a […]

Armstrong, Beaton, Knott, Todd, & More | Mystery Previews, Feb. 2018

Anderson, Kent. Green Sun. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780316466806. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316466820. lib. ebk. 9780316510134. Downloadable: S. & S. Audio. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL Anderson has kept us waiting a long time after Sympathy for the Devil (1987) and the New York Times Notable Book Night Dogs (1996), take-no-prisoner works that received good […]

Preston/Child, Burke Pere & Fille, & More | Thriller Previews, Jan. 2018

Archer, Ursula & Arno Strobel. Strangers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2018. 320p. tr. from German. ISBN 9781250113061. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113078. THRILLER After foul play, a woman doesn’t recognize the man claiming to be her fiancé and not only wonders whether she should trust him but feels the need to attack him. And he begins […]

Bradley, Benjamin, Finn, Johnson, Joyce | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2018

Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalists. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735213180. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735213197. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION Having won the Edna Ferber Prize for The Anatomy of Dreams, Benjamin came up with a second novel that caught fire at BookExpo—it was, in fact, a BE Buzz Book—and has already been bought by the […]

Fowler, Lovesey, Tursten, & More | Mystery Previews, Dec. 2017

Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780553448139. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101887073. MYSTERY When a man snapping photographs in In London’s Regent Park sees a girl walking a dog—and then sees her vanish into thin air—you know it’s time for grumpy old guy detectives Arthur […]