The Gilded Shroud is a romance with a mystery, not to be confused with a mystery that has a romance. Every genre has rules that are followed.
“Nemonymous Night is not an easy read; however—and here’s the rub—it’s entirely readable.”
An abortionist, a whore, and a dope dealer walk into a bar . . .
J. M. Tohline’s first novel, The Great Lenore, is a beautiful book. It is beautiful in the same way that J. D. Salinger’s books are beautiful.
In the United Kingdom, author Will Self is well enough known to have been the punch line for a rapid-fire gag on “Absolutely Fabulous,” which is, in the realm of pop culture, high praise indeed.
Bonnie Jo Campbell (a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) takes on tough subjects in her fiction, and this tale of a rebellious wilderness girl in Michigan is no ex
The competing interests of the Big Law game—power, ego, money, competing with sense of partnership, duty to advocate clients’ interests, and pursuit of justice as an officer of the court—are all ex
Although Sarah Gardner Borden’s compelling debut, Games to Play After Dark, has drawn reasonable comparisons to Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road, it might be more constructive to
It’s nice to read a book in which the reader is the hero. And in Charles Davis’s Standing at the Crossroads, the reader is most definitely the hero.
Robert Olen Butler, best known for A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain, his 1993 Pulitzer-Prize winning collection of short stories, has been turning out first-rate fiction for three deca
A father hits his wife while grieving the loss of his son. Overcome with guilt, he wanders for days in the woods and nearly dies.
The hardscrabble life of Appalachia is well-explored territory, mapped with notable success most recently by the likes of Tony Earley and Ron Rash.
The search for the truth can often be elusive. The truth itself can be devastating.
Reading the work of a truly talented author is a well-savored delight for a book lover. When it comes to the art of writing, C. W. Gortner’s name can be added to the list of master craftsmen.
How to Read the Air finds Dinaw Mengestu building on many of the themes that made his debut novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, both a delight and a sorrow to read.
Five Days Apart succeeds for many reasons, not the least of which is the author’s spot-on evocation of a specific time and place: Dublin, Ireland, in the nineties.