Sherman Alexie, Alexandra Fuller, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316270755. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316270762. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316395649. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Notable for his precise, punch-in-the-gut writing, as evidenced by his PEN/Malamud and PEN/Hemingway honors, and winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s […]

Really Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

Crais, Robert. The Wanted. Putnam. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399161506. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399573903. THRILLER A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and winner of every mystery award imaginable, Edgar Grand Master Crais certainly had good luck with Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. This new work also features mercenary Jon Stone, […]

From Brown to McMahon to Swinson | Thriller Previews, May 2017, Pt. 3

Brown, Dale. Price of Duty. Morrow. May 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780062441973. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062441980. lrg. prnt. THRILLER From deep within the Ural Mountains, the Russian president launches a series of cyberattacks on the West, starting with a strike that obliterates nearly every Polish bank account, bringing Poland’s economy to a grinding halt. With the […]

Four Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 1

Crichton, Michael. Dragon Teeth. Harper. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062473356. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473370. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. THRILLER Set in 1876, at the height of the Bone Wars—the frantic competition by paleontologists to find the very best preserved dinosaur fossils—this newly discovered novel should cheer up fans of Crichton, who died in 2008. To […]

From Boylan to Karen White | Pop Fiction, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Long Black Veil. Crown. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451496324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451496348. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE/LGBT LGBT rights advocate, Op-Ed page contributor to the New York Times since 2007, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, Boylan still finds time to write both fiction and […]

15 Key Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 3

Armstrong, Ross. The Watcher. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9780778330721. $26.99. THRILLER Noted actor Armstrong (he’s appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in Hamlet on Broadway) launches his writing career with psychological suspense that Harlequin UK is dubbing a lead breakout title. When an elderly neighbor turns up dead shortly after birdwatcher Lily […]

17 Key Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 4

Billingham, Mark. Rush of Blood. Atlantic Monthly. Feb. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780802125910. $25. THRILLER Never before available here in a standard print edition despite its 2012 publication in the UK, this thriller is Billingham’s only novel set partly in America—Florida, to be specific, where the author has a home. Three British couples bond when they […]

Auster, Cusk, Lescroart, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

Adiga, Aravind. Selection Day. Scribner. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501150838. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501150852. LITERARY FICTION As with his Booker Prize–winning The White Tiger, Adiga shows us caste-ridden contemporary India but focuses on something more personal: the heavy burdens parents can place on children and the compelling complexity of sibling relationships. Two brothers in a […]

19 Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

Bauer, Belinda. The Beautiful Dead. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2017. 260p. ISBN 9780802125330. $25. CD: Dreamscape Audio. THRILLER Winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award for her entire oeuvre, British author Bauer returns with a spine tingler featuring TV crime reporter Eve Singer. Eve’s career has taken off with […]

Eliot Ackerman, Han Kang, Mark Kurlansky, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101947371. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947388. LITERARY A Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ackerman is among the soldier-writers who have returned home to give us a considered view of the fighting. He’s […]