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OLM Favorites: Prayers for the Stolen

December 1st, 2017
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The plight of young girls in slavery-blighted Mexico is the crux of a harrowing novel by Jennifer Clement.

Book Review: Death and Mr. Pickwick

June 15th, 2015
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An ambitious debut novel explores the world that gave birth to the meteoric career of Charles Dickens and his lesser-known competitors

Book Review: Lucky Alan and Other Stories

April 21st, 2015
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Jonathan Lethem’s latest book continues his project of combining the literary and the pulpy – Robert Minto reviews.

Book Review: How To Carry Bigfoot Home

April 19th, 2015
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Giant eels, dragon-scammers, and of course Sasquatch himself feature in Chris Tarry’s delightfully gonzo debut short story collection

Book Review: The Dream Lover

April 19th, 2015
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The passionate, unconventional life of novelist George Sand forms the backdrop for Elizabeth Berg’s new novel

Book Review: The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering

April 17th, 2015
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In the dystopian future of Jeffrey Rotter’s fantastic novel, Copernican astronomy has been forgotten – but its secrets lie buried under what was once Florida

Book Review: Lurid & Cute

April 15th, 2015
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The main character of Adam Thirlwell’s new novel has no redeeming qualities whatsoever – and he’s sinfully easy to read about

Book Review: The Last Word

April 2nd, 2015
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The incestuously-close relationship between a literary biographer and his subject lies at the heart of Hanif Kureishi’s new novel

Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice

March 25th, 2015
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A young boy and his gorgeous white elephant become apprenticed to the greatest architect of the Ottoman Empire in this stunning new novel by the author of “The Bastard of Istanbul”

Book Review: John the Pupil

March 8th, 2015
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Three impressionable young 13th-century Franciscans embark on an improbably odyssey to bring a momentous manuscript to the Pope

Book Review: Barbarian Spring

March 1st, 2015
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A businessman is on a trip to new-money Tunisia when the world’s economy goes into meltdown…

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

March 1st, 2015
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In this New York Times bestseller, a hapless woman spots a mysterious event from the window of her commuter train and is soon caught up in a police investigation.

Book Review: Kings and Emperors

February 18th, 2015
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In Dewey Lambdin’s latest rousing Alan Lewrie adventure, our dashing hero sees action off the coast of a Spain imperiled by Napoleon

Book Review: Making Nice

February 13th, 2015
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In Matt Sumell’s debut, his main character manages to alienate every other person in the book, often by punching them.

Book Review: Amherst

February 9th, 2015
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When a 21st-century woman travels to the hometown of Emily Dickinson, she finds herself caught between a passionate present and a past far more human than she imagined

Book Review: The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac

February 8th, 2015
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In the very engaging latest from Sharma Shields, one family has a very unusual encounter with the legendary Bigfoot

Book Review: The Great Zoo of China

February 8th, 2015
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A small group of Americans visit a super-secret Chinese nature-park with a very unusual star attraction.

Book Review: Turtle Face and Beyond

February 5th, 2015
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The author of “Dogwalker” returns with a new collection of interlinked short stories that revel in their own straight-faced absurdity

Book Review: Unbecoming

February 4th, 2015
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In this arresting debut, a young woman working in Paris is hiding from her past – and she worries that the old friends she betrayed are hunting her.

Book Review: The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe

January 31st, 2015
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A slim picaresque novel that was a runaway bestseller in France gets a stylish English-language translation

Book Review: Galapagos Regained

January 26th, 2015
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A true believer in the tenets of Darwinism in the 19th Century goes on what amounts to a pilgrimage to that great Darwinian destination, the Galapagos Islands, in James Morrow’s glowing new novel

Book Review: White Plague

January 22nd, 2015
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Only one man can possibly save a plague- and fire-stricken sub that’s burning and adrift at the top of the world …

Book Review: Blood-Drenched Beard

January 16th, 2015
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In this newly-translated hit from Brazil, a young man goes in search of what really happened to his grandfather

Book Review: Outline

January 14th, 2015
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A writing instructor takes a brief trip to Athens in Rachel Cusk’s much-praised new novel

Book Review: Black River

January 10th, 2015
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In S. M. Hulse’s debut novel, a former prison guard in small-town Montana is traumatized by the events of a riot the happened years ago

Book Review: Glow

January 7th, 2015
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Ned Beauman’s new novel takes readers on a wild ride from London drug-raves to international conspiracies, with some extra-intelligent foxes thrown in along the way

Book Review: A Bad Character

January 5th, 2015
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A proper young woman in Delhi meets a slightly improper young man – and a tragic, mesmerizing love story is born in this accomplished debut

Book Review: The Revenant

January 1st, 2015
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The scout for a fur-trapping party in 1823 is mauled by a bear and left for dead – but he doesn’t die, which is very bad news for the fur-trapping company in Michael Punke’s super-effective novel

Book Review: Chain of Events

November 13th, 2014
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In this thriller, two specialists discover an unbelievable revelation written into the genetic code of all living things

Book Review: The Walls of Delhi

October 7th, 2014
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The worlds of India comes alive in the recently-translated fiction of one of the great Hindi writers of our time

Book Review: Juliet’s Nurse

September 19th, 2014
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The Nurse in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” takes center stage in a new historical novel by Lois Leveen

Book Review: Wolf in White Van

September 3rd, 2014
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A tightly-controlled kaleidoscopic debut novel from the lyricist for the Mountain Goats

Book Review: The Emerald Light in the Air

September 3rd, 2014
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“It’s not your fault.” “What’s not my fault?” “Nothing. Everything. I don’t know.”

Book Review: The Dog

August 2nd, 2014
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A fascinating debut collection of short stories set in modern China

Book Review: The Quick

July 27th, 2014
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A young man from the Victorian provinces comes to London to meet new kinds of people – and hoo boy, does he – in Lauren Owen’s lavish and, yes, seductive debut novel

Book Review: Wayfaring Stranger

July 25th, 2014
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When WWII army buddies go into the oil business in postwar Texas in James Lee Burke’s new novel, they encounter an enigmatic businessman who might make or break them

Book Review: You’re Not Much Use To Anyone

July 21st, 2014
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If a feckless young hipster writes an autobiographical novel about a feckless young hipster, does it make a sound?

Book Review: A Possibility of Violence

July 20th, 2014
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Tel Aviv writer D. A. Mishani’s police detective Avraham Avraham returns to his old precinct and is immediately embroiled in black markets, plots, and counter-plots.

Book Review: The Weight of a Human Heart

July 19th, 2014
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A debut short story collection spans the world for its settings and marks the appearance of a notable talent

Book Review: Alias Hook

July 17th, 2014
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The villainous Captain Cook from “Peter Pan” stars in Lisa Jensen’s new novel – but it’s a far more complex and sympathetic version of the character than Neverland fans will remember

Book Review: California

July 14th, 2014

After a handily vague apocalypse, a forlorn hipster couple bickers in the woods in Edan Lepucki’s much-hyped debut novel

Book Review: Landline

July 13th, 2014
Book Review: Landline

If you found a phone that could make calls to your own past, how would you use it? Or would you use it at all?

Book Review: Season to Taste

July 6th, 2014
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A discontented English housewife impulsively kills her husband and is then faced with the logistical problem of what to do with his body. In Natalie Young’s chillingly readable new novel, that housewife does what comes naturally

Book Review: The Visitors

July 5th, 2014
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In Sally Beauman’s new novel, a young girl sent to Egypt for her health becomes entangled in dramatic events surrounding Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb …

In Paperback: How’s the Pain?

June 29th, 2014
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A new translation of a bleak and edgy work by one of France’s best-regarded crime novelists

Book Review: Down the Shore

June 24th, 2014
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A debut novel follows a charismatic young man’s partying days from New Jersey all the way to Scotland and back and charts his downfall as well

Book Review: No Country

June 17th, 2014
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Two friends flee famine-parched Ireland for opposite ends of the world in this big new historical novel

Book Review: The Novel – A Biography

June 14th, 2014
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A luminous – and enormous – new account of the novel’s colorful history takes readers on a fun and fast-paced tour of fiction from Fielding to Diaz, with innumerable stops in between

Book Review: A Replacement Life

May 27th, 2014
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Remembering stories about the Holocaust shades into inventing stories about the Holocaust in Boris Fishman’s fantastic debut

Book Review: The Possibilities

May 27th, 2014
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A mother in Colorado, grieving for her young son, confronts the fact that he might have been leading a life she never imagined

Book Review: Invisible Ellen

May 27th, 2014
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A reclusive young woman meets a high-spirited blind girl whose enthusiasm for life opens a new world

Book Review: The Steady Running of the Hour

May 21st, 2014
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The life and great loves of a legendary 1920s mountain-climber reach out from the past to grab the life of a young 1990s man in Justin Go’s hugely ambitious debut novel

Book Review: Arctic Summer

May 17th, 2014
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The fateful trip E. M. Forster took to India in 1912 was the inspiration for his greatest novel – and it’s likewise the inspiration for a new novel from the author of “The Good Doctor”

Book Review: Young God

May 17th, 2014
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In this spare and violent debut, a 13-year-old girl from Appalachia enters a lawless life

Book Review: The Sea House

April 20th, 2014
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In Elisabeth Gifford’s impressive debut, two couples, separated by a century, each confront Scotland’s legends of the seal-folk.

Book Review: Roosevelt’s Beast

April 4th, 2014
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Deep in the Brazilian wilderness, Theodore Roosevelt and his son encounter a mysterious beast who kills without leaving any tracks

Book Review: Hyde

March 23rd, 2014
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A hugely enjoyable new novel tells the familiar story of Dr. Jekyll from Mr. Hyde’s point of view – and will have its readers questioning who the real monster really is

Book Review: The Headmaster’s Wife

March 16th, 2014
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The confession of a man found wandering naked in Central Park grows more and more problematic as it unfolds

Book Review: Cambridge

March 16th, 2014
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A precocious young girl and her family travel far and wide from her beloved home of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Book Review: Road to Reckoning

March 11th, 2014
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A twelve-year-old boy gains the assistance of a weathered ex-ranger in this tale of a rapidly-vanishing Old West

Book Review: The Counterfeit Agent

February 24th, 2014
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CIA super-agent John Wells needs to get back in the field and feel the old adrenaline pumping again – but will his latest adventure (featuring a dastardly nuclear plot and a shadowy female operative with a Biblical code-name) be more than he bargained for?

Book Review: The Dream of the Great American Novel

February 22nd, 2014
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The Scarlet Letter? Moby-Dick? Gone with the Wind? Gravity’s Rainbow? Just what IS the “Great American Novel” anyway?

Classics Reissued: The Homesman

February 12th, 2014
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A strong woman and a weak man must make a perilous journey from the Western frontier to the East Coast in Glendon Swarthout’s newly-reissued classic novel

Book Review: The Deliverance of Evil

February 10th, 2014
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A young woman is murdered on the eve of Italy’s tumultuous win in the 1982 World Cup – and then 24 years later, on the eve of another World Cup victory, more bodies start turning up, and it’s up to one haunted, damaged cop to piece the mystery together (hint: it’s not hooligans)

Book Review: My Name is Resolute

February 8th, 2014
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The life of one remarkable woman – told against the backdrop of American colonies boiling toward revolution – forms the narrative of Nancy Turner’s sumptuously old-fashioned new historical novel

Book Review: Alena

January 30th, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the “Rebecca” echoes – there’s a lot more to Rachel Pastan’s “Alena” than mere Manderley-redux

Book Review: The Ascendant

January 10th, 2014
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A cocky young Wall Street analyst makes a discovery that could point to a new and deadly kind of war

Book Review: We All Sleep in the Same Room

December 13th, 2013
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There’s more than mere misery in the expertly-managed passage of events in Paul Rome’s debut novel

Author Interview: Jack Merridew

November 21st, 2013
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The open frontier of self-publishing attracts a wide variety of pioneers – fiercely individual storytellers who for one reason or another have chosen a different path to realizing their writing dreams. One such pioneer is Jack Merridew, who at age 20 is already the author of two self-published works of fiction – and a successful YouTube creator as well. Open Letters talks with him about the brave new world of promoting your own dreams.

Book Review: Save the Enemy

November 7th, 2013
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A quirky teenage girl comes home one day to find her father missing, and she quickly learns he’s being held hostage. When she sets herself to save him, Arin Greenwood’s YA novel “Save the Enemy” is off and running – and sometimes tripping over itself

Book Review: The Governor’s Lady

November 3rd, 2013

Strong-willed Southern governor Cooper Lanier’s husband is running for president, and she’s learning things about him she’d rather not know in Robert Inman’s warm and involving new novel

Book Review: The Snow Hunters

October 17th, 2013
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A certain pristine elegance marks Paul Yoon’s latest book

Book Review: The Maid’s Version

October 13th, 2013
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Daniel Woodrell’s new novel may be slim, but it burns with the fiercest struggle of them all: the madness for survival

Book Review: Longbourn

October 10th, 2013
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“‘Pride and Prejudice’ meets ‘Downton Abbey'” is an easy way to pigeon-hole Jo Baker’s new novel – but it’s the cheapest way too, giving almost no hint of just how good a book this is.

Book Review: Graphic the Valley

September 20th, 2013
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A young man born and raised in the wild of Yosemite Valley is forced into a series of confrontations with an encroaching outside world.

Book Review: An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky

September 6th, 2013
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The gap between reality and the words with which people try to capture it lies at the heart of Dan Beachy-Quick’s intelligent, lyrical novel

Book Review: Two Boys Kissing

September 1st, 2013
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In bestselling author David Levithan’s new novel, two boys try to set a world’s record for the longest kiss – and their adventure is cheered on by the most unlikely chorus

In Theaters: City of Bones

August 17th, 2013
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Cassandra Clare’s phenomenally popular novel about a young woman who learns she’s a born demon-hunter comes at last to the big screen

Book Review: The White Princess

August 1st, 2013
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“The Cousins’ War” – Philippa Gregory’s ongoing novelization of the Wars of the Roses – reaches an epic turning point in her latest book, about the precarious founding of the Tudor dynasty

Book Review: Insert Title Here

July 27th, 2013
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Rousing naval action and atmospheric period drama share the stage in S. Thomas Russell’s latest novel, by any other name

Book Review: Eleanor and Park

July 23rd, 2013
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Two teenage misfits – neither vampires nor aliens – form an unlikely alliance that blossoms, naturally, into something more

Book Review: Hidden Order

July 19th, 2013
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There’s gunplay, there’s skullduggery, there’s the Federal Reserve, and there’s the good old Freedom Trail – what more does a reader need on the arc from La Guardia to LAX?

Book Review: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

July 15th, 2013
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A self-absorbed young Brooklyn writer (what else?) goes from relationship to relationship in search of … what, exactly?

Book Review: Sea Change

July 12th, 2013

An inquisitive young woman falls in love with an ungainly, weirdly sophisticated alien creature

Book Review: Deprivation

July 2nd, 2013
Book Review: Deprivation

A young man slips in and out of seductive dream realities in Alex Jeffers’ fantastic latest novel

In Paperback: Catching Fire

June 3rd, 2013

The second volume in Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally popular series is at long last available in paperback

Ink a Dinka Don’t

June 1st, 2013
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Is close reading disappearing? And is that the most pressing problem facing universities? Terry Eagleton’s latest, How to Read Literature is a plea for a return to what made the humanities worth knowing.

Book Review: The 5th Wave

May 11th, 2013
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Is Rick Yancey’s latest teen-targeted sci-fi thriller mere filler for fans waiting on the next “Hunger Games” volume, or is there some meat on its bones?

Second Glance: Another City

May 1st, 2013
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Mark Wallace’s novels won’t be found at a Barnes & Noble, and that may be a shame beyond words: both Dead Carnival and The Quarry and the Lot reveal haunting truths and wrestle language into terrifying attitudes.

Book Review: A California Childhood

April 28th, 2013
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The Hollywood actor and star of “Howl” produces a heavily-illustrated book of snippets and short stories, for reasons that are either unclear or all too clear, depending on whose Twitter you follow

Book Review: Wolfhound Century

April 23rd, 2013
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A killer stalks a dark-fantasy alternate version of the Soviet Union in Peter Higgins’ fantastic debut novel

Book Review: Hour of the Red God

April 20th, 2013
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Hour of the Red God: A Detective Mollel Novel
By Richard Compton
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Journalist Richard Crompton’s dazzlingly good debut mystery novel Hour of the Red God is set in 2007 against the …

Book Review: Farside

April 5th, 2013

Science fiction grand master Ben Bova sets his latest novel on the far side of the moon

Book Review: Lover at Last

April 5th, 2013

In her latest bestseller, J. R. Ward’s two most loved (and lusted-after) bad-boy vampires finally get their turn in the spotlight

Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

April 3rd, 2013
Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

A young Swedish girl travels to England and becomes a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I herself

Book Review: The Chalice

April 2nd, 2013
Book Review: The Chalice

An intelligent, sensitive Dominican novice finds herself at the heart of passionate conspiracies in the England of Henry VIII

Book Review: The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones

March 30th, 2013
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Jack Wolf’s risk-taking debut explores the boundaries of insanity and rationality

Book Review: Abide with Me

March 27th, 2013

In a novel that’s not as easy as it looks, a soldier comes home to his small Vermont town from Afghanistan – and to the young woman he left behind there.

Classics Reissued: Shadows and Strongholds

March 24th, 2013
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In a welcome reprint, a brave but untried young 12th century knight must learn how to fight – and take a bride

Book Review: Honor

March 20th, 2013
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The barbaric custom of ‘honor killing’ is the hinge on which best-selling author Elif Shafak’s complex new novel turns

Book Review: The Sunshine When She’s Gone

March 20th, 2013
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With the arrival of a new baby, a young Brooklyn couple say good-bye to sleep … and start making some very strange decisions.

Book Review: All the Light There Was

March 19th, 2013
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In this historical novel, the Armenian community of Paris negotiates the arrival of the Nazis – and a young girl navigates her first romance

Book Review: The Blue Book

March 17th, 2013

A young woman finds herself on a ship at sea with both her fiance and a mysterious man from her past, and it’s all like something you’d find in a book …

Book Review: The Carriage House

March 16th, 2013
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A patrician family copes with all kinds of disappointment in Louisa Hall’s not-at-all-disappointing debut novel

Book Review: After Rome

March 14th, 2013
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When Roman troops left Britain forever, the locals were forced to fend for themselves – and in Morgan Llywelyn’s latest historical novel, two cousins take two very different approaches to a world after Rome.

Book Review: The Leviathan Effect

February 28th, 2013
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A enormous storm is bearing down on Washington D.C., and the President and his staff are confronted with a group of people who say they can stop the hurricane – for a price

Book Review: The Average American Marriage

February 21st, 2013
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The horny, feckless narrator of Kultgen’s “The Average American Male” returns: married, with kids – and, of course, lusting after a co-worker

Book Review: A Week in Winter

February 12th, 2013

Unsure of what to do with her life, a woman turns an old stone house into an inn on the coast of Ireland, and strangers begin to gather …

Book Review: I Will Have Vengeance

February 10th, 2013
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In 1931 Naples, Commissario Ricciardi pursues the most desperate of criminals, driven by an absolute commitment to justice – and helped by a gift he alone possesses.

Book Review: The Aviator’s Wife

February 9th, 2013

A new novel tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, famous author and wife of an even more famous jerk.

Book Review: Ways of Going Home

February 2nd, 2013

The newest novel from the newest Chilean literary wunderkind

Book Review: The Best of Youth

January 31st, 2013

In Michael Dahlie’s new novel, an idle young millionaire ghost-writes a book for an arrogant Hollywood star

Book Review: Money Run

January 30th, 2013
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She’s a master thief who wants to rob the world’s richest man; he’s a master assassin who wants to kill the world’s richest man – what happens when they run headlong into each other in a glass-and-steel death-trap?

Book Review: The Illicit Happiness of Other People

January 27th, 2013
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The death of a talented teenage artist spins his family and friends into turmoil in Manu Joseph’s incredibly accomplished second novel.

Book Review: The Fall of the Stone City

January 26th, 2013

In the latest Ismail Kadare novel to be translated into English, an Albanian doctor invites the invading Nazis to an elaborate dinner at his house – but what exactly happens that night, to the strains of Schubert?

Book Review: The Boy

January 17th, 2013
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In Lara Santoro’s new novella, an older woman falls head-over-heels into a physical passion for a younger man – with consequences that threaten to tear her life apart

Book Review: The Midwife’s Tale

January 10th, 2013
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A formidable York midwife must use all her skill and human insight to save the life of a friend accused of murder

Book Review: Scenes from Early Life

January 6th, 2013
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A talented novelist writes the story of his husband’s family’s experiences in war-torn Bangladesh – but is it life, or art?

Book Review: The Kassa Gambit

January 5th, 2013
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In the future setting of this promising sci-fi debut, world-hopping humanity finds the last thing it expected: aliens!

Now in Paperback: Icefall

December 27th, 2012

On a lonely icebound fjord, the young daughter of a Viking king must solve a series of crimes – and find her destiny

Book Review: A Dangerous Inheritance

December 8th, 2012
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Historian Alison Weir’s latest novel features two young heroines, separated by 80 years but united by their fascination with one of history’s mysteries: the fate of the Princes in the Tower

Book Review: Kafka in Love

November 29th, 2012

Franz Kafka was eternally affianced but never married – maybe more in love with the concept of love than with any particular woman. A new novel intensely dramatizes the writer and his passions.

Book Review: The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up

November 27th, 2012
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Trying to mind his own business, a man at a Yankees game refuses to stand for a singing of “God Bless America” – and all Hell breaks loose.

Book Review: The Clone Sedition

November 15th, 2012
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The warrior-clones in Steven Kent’s Clone Republic series can handle just about anything on the battlefield – but what if somebody starts tinkering with their programming?

Book Review: Practically Wicked

November 14th, 2012
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An ‘ice maiden’ social nobody accidentally meets a drunken young viscount at a party – and sparks (eventually, complicatedly) fly!

Now in Paperback: Forever Rumpole

November 1st, 2012
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A generous collection of stories featuring John Mortimer’s immortal creation, wine-swilling judge-taunting criminal-defending barrister, Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey

Book Review: London Eye

October 27th, 2012
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In the opening volume of the “Toxic City” series, London is cut off from the rest of the world and filling up with super-powered mutants – two things which have been true on YouTube for some time now.

Now in Paperback: The Paperboy

October 4th, 2012
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Pete Dexter’s lean, harrowing novel of murder and ambition is coming to the big screen with a full complement of movie stars – and a new paperback edition of the book is a happy by-product.

Book Review: The Exceptions

September 29th, 2012
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The son of a powerful crime family falls in love with a young woman in the Witness Protection Program – a young woman his family wants dead! Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Book Review: Blood Eye (Raven, Book One)

September 18th, 2012
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Now in the U.S.: an epic, gore-spattered series about a roving band of Viking warriors!

Book Review: The Unfaithful Queen

September 15th, 2012
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Young, vain, unfaithful Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, regularly draws writers intent on finding heroism in her brief life & times; Carolly Erickson is the latest aspirant.

Book Review: I, Jane

September 15th, 2012
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The meek and dutiful Jane Seymour, mother of Henry VIII’s long-sought male heir, takes center stage in a new historical novel about her life and times.

Book Review: Mistress of Mourning

September 15th, 2012
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Tragedy haunted the earliest years of the new Tudor dynasty, and in this atmospheric new novel, a candle-maker and a courier are tasked with finding out why.

Book Review: Kiss of Steel

September 7th, 2012
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The melodramatic first novel in a series set in a vampire-ridden steampunk version of Victorian London

Book Review: Reaper

September 4th, 2012
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A fast-paced teen fiction re-imagining of Peter Pan and Wendy and the Lost Boys and Neverland, with a few side-helpings of goth, “Buffy,” and a certain boy wizard

Wagner’s Inferno

September 1st, 2012
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The worlds of fine art, porno, hollywood, meth addiction, and quality lit cross and recombine in Bruce Wagner’s latest Dead Stars. We made this culture, now what do we make of it?

Book Review: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

August 20th, 2012
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Best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s new novel tells the story of Anne and Isabel Neville, the Wars of the Roses … and a certain misunderstood bad boy.

Book Review: Spartacus – Morituri

August 10th, 2012

In the latest spin-off novel from the hit “Spartacus” TV series, a spectre of death is haunting our gladiators even when they’re not at work!

Book Review: The Spymaster’s Daughter

August 10th, 2012
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The daughter of Queen Elizabeth I’s chief of espionage has a mind of her own, and in addition to being a dutiful wife to Sir Philip Sidney, she has the makings of an intrepid intelligencer.

Book Review: Jack 1939

August 9th, 2012
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The improbable star of Francine Mathews’ new WWII-era spy thriller: a thin, frail, relatively obscure ambassador’s son from Brookline, Massachusetts named Jack Kennedy.

Book Review: Equal of the Sun

July 21st, 2012
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16th Century Iran comes alive in a new novel

Book Review: Wake of the Bloody Angel

July 11th, 2012
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The latest adventure featuring freelance ‘sword jockey’ Eddie LaCrosse is – avast! – a rollicking pirate-yarn!

Book Review: The Family Corleone

June 5th, 2012
the famiy corleone

Veteran writer Ed Falco pens a prequel to “The Godfather,” featuring the rise of a crime family – and the story of a vicious strongman named Luca Brasi.

Book Review: HHhH

May 17th, 2012
Hhhh – april 2012

A popular French book about the daring assassination of a Nazi official in 1942 receives an English translation

Book Review: Overseas

May 15th, 2012

a lush new time-travel romance arrives just in time for summer

Book Review: The Uninvited Guests

April 27th, 2012
the uninvited guestss

A darkly dazzling new Edwardian novel to tempt fans of “Downton Abbey”

Book Review: The Weird

April 21st, 2012
the weird – april 2012

A gigantic new anthology of creepy, unbalanced, and openly threatening short fiction

Book Review: West Briton Story

April 13th, 2012
west briton story tp

A novel of 6th century England, full of blood and mud and love and valor!

Book Review: Songs of the Earth

April 7th, 2012
songs of the earth – march 2012

The valiant young hero of Elspeth Cooper’s debut novel must flee from a Church that condemns his growing energy-powers as evil …

Book Review: The Inquisitor

March 11th, 2012
the inquisitor

A new thriller features an implacable torturer-for-hire as its problematic protagonist.

Book Review: History of a Pleasure Seeker

March 1st, 2012
history of a pleasure seeker

In Richard Mason’s latest novel, a handsome, articulate young man takes a job with a wealthy family as tutor for their troubled son

Book Review: Watergate

February 27th, 2012

Thomas Mallon’s latest novel dramatizes the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration

Book Review: The Forest Laird

February 18th, 2012
the forest laird

A veteran historical novelist takes on that gigantic freedom fighter, William Wallace

Book Review: The Comedy is Finished

February 9th, 2012
comedy is finished

A series of fortunate events unearths a long-lost manuscript by the late great Donald Westlake! Too good to be true, or too true to be good?

Book Review: Star Trek, The Rings of Time

February 1st, 2012
star trek the rings of time

Captain Kirk finds himself stranded in the middle of space in the 21st century in this new Star Trek novel.

Book Review: Iago

January 27th, 2012

One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?

Book Review: An Available Man

January 26th, 2012
an available man

A befuddled widower finds himself suddenly thrust back into the dating game in Hilma Wolitzer’s latest novel

Now in Paperback: Reckless

January 21st, 2012
reckless – pru – jan 2012

A daring teen hero must risk everything to save his brother.

Book Review: Mad About the Earl

January 19th, 2012
mad about the earl

When it comes to matters of matrimony, Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage will have its way, even if – in her latest novel – it means matching a ravishing beauty with a reluctant beast!

Book Review: The Evolution of Ethan Poe

January 17th, 2012
bpl – the evolution of ethan poe – january 2012

a gay teen in rural Maine deals with God, lust, and dogs in Robin Reardon’s latest novel

Classics Reissued: Fire Upon the Deep

January 14th, 2012
fire upon the deep

Vernor Vinge’s epic science fiction masterpiece gets a spiffy reprint on its twentieth anniversary!

Book Review: Spartacus: Swords and Ashes

January 14th, 2012
liam mcintyre

A new novel (tie-in with the hit TV series) gives us an adventure of the pre-rebellion Spartacus

An Interview with Carol Carr

January 13th, 2012
india black 2

A lively interview with Carol Carr, author of the ‘India Black’ novels!

Book Review: The Deception at Lyme

January 9th, 2012
bpl – the deception at lyme – dec 2011

In Carrie Bebris’ latest Jane Austen homage, the detective duo of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy take a vacation at Lyme, a location the proves scenic, fascinating – and deadly!

Book Review: India Black and the Widow of Windsor

January 7th, 2012
bpl – india black and the widow of windsor – 3 jan 2012

High society madam and sometime-spy for the Crown, India Black investigates a threat to the life of Queen Victoria herself in Carol Carr’s latest delightful romp.

Book Review: When Passion Rules

January 7th, 2012

In Johanna Lindsey’s latest, the heiress to a distant kingdom returns home to stop a war and promptly falls into tempestuous love with the captain of the palace guard, giving whole new meanings to ‘porous borders’

Anthology Review: Cape Cod Noir

January 5th, 2012
bpl – cape cod noir – dec 2011

A noir mystery anthology takes us down the mean streets of … West Brewster?

Book Review: The Favored Queen

January 4th, 2012
the favored queen

A new novel tries to infuse life and drama into the mousy, deferential person of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour

Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice

January 3rd, 2012
bpl – good thief’sguide to venice – dec 2011

In his latest adventure, (mostly) reformed thief Charlie Howard finds trouble in the much-storied Queen of the Adriatic.


January 1st, 2012
Whitman of Tikrit

If anything’s taboo in our society it’s a thoughtful, humanistic portrait of a terrorist, which is why more established writers failed where Jarett Kobek delivers something new.

Book Review: Theodora

October 1st, 2011

A lively and refreshingly blunt novel about one of the most fascinating – and polarizing – women in ancient history

Now in Paperback: By Nightfall

September 5th, 2011
hugh dancy

The paperback release of Michael Cunningham’s latest novel, a deft portrait of middle-aged might-have-been lust

Now in Paperback: Tutankhamun

September 1st, 2011
tutankhamun – august 2011

An engrossing novel featuring the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun and his steely chief of detectives, Rahotep.

Book Review: Sympathy for the Devil

August 14th, 2011
sympathy for the devil

In their latest outing, intrepid paranormal investigators Morris and Chastain look into an American presidential candidate who seems too good to be true.

Book Review: Happy Birthday

August 10th, 2011

In Danielle Steel’s latest, a celebrity hostess and an aging football hero both wonder if they’re too old to fall in love again.

Book Review: Sons of Encouragement

August 6th, 2011
sons of encouragement

An anthology volume from a titan of the Christian fiction genre

Book Review: Dead Alert

July 27th, 2011
dead alert detail

A zippy summertime adventure story featuring hissable bad guys, sexy good guys, a man-made plague of zombies, and an explosion or two.

Book Review: Mitko

July 9th, 2011
garth greenwell

A powerful debut novella about lust and the deceits of yearning.

New in Paperback: Citizen Washington

July 4th, 2011
citizen washington

Twelve years after its first appearance, “Citizen Washington,” a historical novel by bestselling author William Martin, gets an attractive new paperback just in time for about a million American summer vacations.

New in Paperback: Palo Alto

June 22nd, 2011
palo alto tp

The paperback release of the Hollywood heartthrob’s debut story collection

Book Review: Pirates of the Narrow Seas

June 11th, 2011
pirates of the narrow seas

Lt. Peter Thornton of the 18th century British Navy has a problem more threatening than storms or pirates or cannon-fire: he’s gay, and he’s in love with his captain.

Author Interview: Barry Connolly

May 30th, 2011
the good thief tp

An interview with the author of the debut novel “The Good Thief”

Book Review: Queen of Kings

May 27th, 2011
queen of kings

Queen of the Nile, Queen of the Damned? “Queen of Kings” teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a book by its killer hook.

Book Review: Moontusk

May 14th, 2011
moontusk bk 1

The first volume of a fantasy series set in a richly-imagined world of woolly mammoths and exotic tribesmen.

Book Review: American Masculine

May 11th, 2011

A new collection of short stories is set in an American West that’s masculinely bleak – or is it bleakly masculine?

Book Review: A Taint in the Blood

May 8th, 2011
a taint in the blood

The first book in a new vampire series shows all the veteran author’s signature strengths.

Forever Nell

April 1st, 2011
‘the duke of monmouth and my lady castlemaine’ by ernest shepard 1

She was an orange-seller, an actress, a whore, and the most popular of Charles II’s many mistresses: Nell Gwynn stars in two new novels.

Bluebeard in Japan

December 1st, 2010
yoko ogawa

In Yoko Ogawa’s beautiful, violent take on the Bluebeard legend, a stern old man and a biddable girl meet in a hotel and embark on a sexual journey of surprising poignancy.

Review of Last Days

April 6th, 2009

In John Cotter’s review of Brian Evenson’s Last Days, he states, “I came to it looking for a quick and disturbing shocker. And it satisfied. That’s something real.”