Week of 10 Dec 2017
The People vs. Alex Cross
Love him or loathe him, James Patterson shows a genuine understanding of the power and importance of storytelling. Long may he and Cross continue to go down the mean streets of DC and anywhere else trouble is to be found.
Shots

The People vs. Alex Cross

by James Patterson

The Rooster Bar
As in all of Grisham’s best books, the reader of “The Rooster Bar” gets good company, a vigorous runaround and — unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom — a bit of a legal education.
NY Times

The Rooster Bar

by John Grisham

Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel
If you're a fan of Trenton's accident-prone bounty hunter, reading Janet Evanovich's 24th novel of her adventures, you know you’re in for another bizarre potboiler.
https://www.20somethingreads.com

Hardcore Twenty-Four

by Janet Evanovich

The Sun and Her Flowers

No Critic Review

The Sun and Her Flowers

by Rupi Kaur

Artemis: A Novel
In the acknowledgements, Weir thanks six women, including his publisher and U.K. editor, “for helping me tackle the challenge of writing a female narrator”—as if women were an alien species. Even so, Jazz is given such forced lines as “I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I’m a girl, so I’m allowed.” One small step, no giant leaps.
Kirkus

Artemis

by Andy Weir

The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel
While Koontz's second effort featuring Jane Hawk may satisfy his longtime fans, his new heroine too often seems stuck on autopilot—a major disappointment considering how lively she was in her debut.
Kirkus

The Whispering Room

by Dean Koontz

It
Maybe it's finally time to revisit this old haunt, to reassure myself that It is still as sleek, scary and rambunctiously entertaining as I remember.
Guardian


It

by Stephen King

Little Fires Everywhere
With her second novel, Ng further proves she’s a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America.
Kirkus

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
The book makes a rather icky sentimental misstep toward the end. It does, however, suggest something that has not been visible in the series' previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher's wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero.
Kirkus

The Midnight Line

by Lee Child

Origin
Origin is comfortably predictable, it brings back Robert Langdon and his Mickey Mouse watch for another sprawling romp, and it moves the pages pleasantly on those otherwise stressful nights...
NY Journal of Books

Origin

by Dan Brown

End Game (Will Robie Series)
The Will Robie series — which began with “The Innocent” in 2012 — has always been long on action and short on philosophy. But in “End Game,” both Robie and Reel contemplate their killing selves and how that negates chances for normal lives. The intense, if brief, soul searching adds a bit of welcome depth.
The Columbus Dispatch

End Game

by David Baldacci

Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel)
All the structural problems you’d expect from jamming two urgent but unrelated cases together: during much of the second half, Connelly (The Late Show, 2017, etc.) seems to be tying up increasingly low-impact loose ends. But a marvelous courtroom sequence will bring you cheering to your feet.
Kirkus

Two Kinds of Truth

by Michael Connelly

Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive
Fans of the Stormlight Archive series will enjoy this book, which brings back favorite characters and deepens a well-drawn fantasy world.
Kirkus

Oathbringer

by Brandon Sanderson

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.
http://www.dailyuw.com

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge)
It’s all a bit overwrought for what is, after all, a boy-loves-girl, boy-swashbuckles-to-win-girl yarn, but it’s competently done. Follett's fans will know what to expect—and they won’t be disappointed.
Kirkus

A Column of Fire

by Ken Follett