‘The Rising’ by Heather Graham and Jon Land

B est-selling authors Heather Graham and Jon Land team up to create “The Rising,” an exciting and wonderful character-driven first book in an imaginative series. Alex

‘Fatal’ is stand-alone thriller

A  stupid mistake has serious ramifications in “Fatal,” John Lescroart’s latest stand-alone thriller. Kate Jameson loves her life and marriage to Ron. She has two children, and

The CIA in Laos changed the way America wages war

Even with the hindsight of history, it’s mystifying that 56 years ago when John F. Kennedy was preparing to become president, the fate of the Southeast Asian

‘Little Deaths’ by Emma Flint is mesmerizing

Little Deaths, Emma Flint’s mesmerizing debut, works well as a look at misogyny, gossip, morals and the rush to judge others when a child goes missing.

‘The Lost City of the Monkey God’ by Douglas Preston

To pigeonhole Douglas Preston a true-crime author is a gross understatement of his skills as a writer. Yes, his many best-sellers with Lincoln Child are fun, suspenseful

Wagner embraces great actresses in engaging Hollywood memoir

A love letter to actresses he admired on and off the screen, Robert J. Wagner’s engaging memoir offers a warm embrace for the many women who helped

Fisher’s ‘The Princess Diarist’ doesn’t dish enough

I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first ‘Star Wars’ movie that it’s difficult to

‘Perfume’ by Lizzie Ostrom a solid pop culture guide

Fragrance has always been wrapped in social and economic issues, controversy, memories and history as Lizzie Ostrom so persuasively shows in the lively “Perfume: A Century of Scents.”

Police detective Karen Pirie returns in ‘Out of Bounds’

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie has always been a workaholic. But now immersion in her work doesn’t just give her life structure, it also has become a kind of

Tom Clancy true ‘Faith and Allegiance’

The latest novel featuring Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's iconic hero and now president of the United States, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the franchise.

‘Ruler of the Night’ transports readers to Victorian London

David Morrell’s conclusion to the trilogy featuring Thomas De Quincey is another example of stellar writing and storytelling. In the two previous novels featuring the essayist and opium

Ex-journalist explores nation’s Secret Service dogs

Even non-dog lovers will be fascinated by Maria Goodavage's in-depth examination of the highly trained canines and their equally impressive human handlers in "Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who

John Grisham returns with ‘The Whistler’

John Grisham's latest novel, "The Whistler," involves the rich and powerful and abuse of the justice system. The Florida Board on Judicial Conduct investigates accusations involving judicial misconduct. Judges

Author looks for somewhere to belong in ‘Family Happiness’

Maddie Dawson writes a charming story about family in her new novel, "The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness." Readers are transported back and forth between a mother who gave

McHale celebrates his talents in ‘Thanks for the Money’

When thinking of Joel McHale, some may immediately conjure images of the actor in the cult classic "Community." Others may know him as the host who provided enough sarcasm to

T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Terranauts’ places humanity under glass

Eight scientists living under glass for two years in a self-sustaining, closed ecosystem constructed in the Arizona desert. Sound familiar? T.C. Boyle's latest novel was inspired by history, taking readers inside the

Readers will feel lost in ‘The Tourist’ by Robert Dickinson

Robert Dickinson's latest novel, "The Tourist," is billed as a conspiracy thriller, but it's a sci-fi novel that explores various ramifications of time travel. In a future that appears bleak, people

‘The Dollhouse’ is as much about a place as about people

Built in 1927, the 23-story Barbizon Hotel for Women on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, served as a home away from home for actresses, models and other women seeking

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