Fiction Previews

Pop Fiction for Fall | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Archer, Jeffrey. Heads You Win. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781250172501. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250172518. CD. HISTORICAL In 1968, after his father is assassinated by the KGB, Russian teenage Alexander Karpenko flips a coin to decide whether he and his mother should emigrate (desperately) to London or to New York. Readers get two versions […]

Perry, Penny, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2018

Bruen, Ken. In the Galway Silence. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Nov. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780802128829. $26. MYSTERY Asked to investigate the murder of twin brothers even as he tends the nine-year-old of his new girlfriend, Jameson-downing former cop Jack Taylor encounters a stealthy vigilante assassin nicknamed Silence and learns the true meaning of the proverb […]

Sophisticated Reads | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Berlin, Lucia. Evening in Paradise: More Stories. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374279486. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718312. SHORT STORIES Berlin, Lucia. Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780374287597. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374718329. MEMOIR Published in 2015, A Manual for Cleaning Women posthumously collected stories by the brilliant, […]

Big-Name Protagonists from Jack Reacher to Alex Cross | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2018

Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Oath of Office. Putnam. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780735215955. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780735215962. lrg. prnt. CD/Downloadable. THRILLER The Ayatollah’s power in Iran is subsiding, and a Persian Spring blossoms brightly. But even as President Jack Ryan advises caution, the Campus casts its eye on an international arms dealer stepping into the […]

Dragons & More | SF/Fantasy/Horror Previews, Oct. 2018

Fink, Joseph. Alice Isn’t Dead. Harper Perennial. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062844132. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062844163. CD. HORROR Keisha Lewis keeps seeing her presumably dead wife, Alice, off to the side in news stories about catastrophes nationwide and seeks her out by becoming a trucker. Instead, she uncovers a truly out-of-this-world conspiracy. From the creator […]

Nineteen Killer Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Blaedel, Sara. The Midnight Witness. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781538759790. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538759783. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538760239. Downloadable. THRILLER An internationally best-selling author often called the “Queen of Crime” in her native Denmark (never mind that she now lives in New York), Blaedel sets Det. Louise Rick a new and challenging […]

Dogs, Cats, Parrots, & Killers | Mystery Previews, October 2018

Andrews, Donna. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250192943. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250192967. MYSTERY In the multi-award-winning author’s next Christmas mystery (e.g., How the Finch Stole Christmas), Meg Langslow finds a baby in the church’s manger, setting of the live nativity, with a note implicating […]

Fun Fall Fiction | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Anthony, Gretchen. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners. Park Row: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307860. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096587. FAMILY LIFE Even as she blithely pens her annual holiday letter, Violet is planning her husband’s retirement party. But she’s in for a surprise; daughter Cerise uses the event to announce before 200 guests that […]

Award-Worthy Gems | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame. Friday Black. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781328911247. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781328915139. SHORT STORIES A George Saunders protégé whose short stories have won awards, Adjei-Brenyah here publishes a much-anticipated first collection that highlights racism and its painful absurdities by putting its characters in unexpected situations. “Zimmer Land,” for instance, […]

Graham, Robb, Jance, & More | Chiller Previews, Sept. 2018

Ellison, J.T. Tear Me Apart. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778330004. pap. $16.99. THRILLER Surgery after a heinous downhill crash reveals that competitive skier Mindy Wright needs a stem cell transplant for previously undetected leukemia, but inexplicably her parents aren’t a match—which must be connected to something desperate Lauren Wright did in the past. […]