From John Boyne to Val McDermid | Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2018

Boyne, John. A Ladder to the Sky. Hogarth: Crown. Nov. 2018. NAp. ISBN 9781984823014. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781984823038. Downloadable. LITERARY FICTION Aspiring writer Maurice Swift climbs that ladder to the sky by taking advantage of famed novelist Erich Ackermann, whom he encounters in a West Berlin hotel, and spinning Ackermann’s secrets to the world. Now […]

Fiction from Clinton & Patterson, plus Buckley, Hamdy, and Debuter Fleet | Xpress Reviews

A wry, witty, enjoyable romp—Buckley knows how to turn a phrase; Clinton offers the inside scoop on life in the White House, and Patterson spins a tense plot; this debut psychological family drama is perfect for fans of domestic thrillers who do not mind a slower pace; the pace and writing have a cinematic flair, defining this as a true page-turner

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 […]

Albom, Philbrick, Picoult, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Albom, Mitch. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Harper. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062294449. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294463. lrg. prnt. CD. VISIONARY FICTION Remember little Annie, whose life was saved by war veteran–turned–amusement park mechanic Eddie in Albom’s blockbuster The Five People You Meet […]

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 […]

Pop Fiction from Robert Jackson Bennett to Koren Zailckas | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Bennett, Robert Jackson. Foundryside. Crown. Aug. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9781524760366. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524760373. Downloadable. FANTASY A winner of Edgar, Shirley Jackson, and Phillip K. Dick honors, Divine Cities author Bennett launches a new series set in a city run on industrialized magic. Crack thief Sancia Grado has been tasked with lifting an artifact from […]

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Reichs, Patterson, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2018

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Washington Decree. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 592p. tr. from Danish by Steve Schein. ISBN 9781524742522. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524742546. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Top-of-the-heap crime fiction writer in Denmark, Adler-Olsen set this book in America, where 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers is among a group of dedicated campaign works who helped elect Democratic senator Bruce Jansen […]

Dublin Thrillers | Fiction Reviews

A well-crafted thriller that will leave readers on the edge of their seats; told by two competing narrators, this story is filled with twists that have readers wanting more

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: […]