Unlike your standard-issue action hero, the canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land. Box does a good job of working in the backstories of characters and situations, so even new readers should have no problem following along.
Scott has produced a work of historical fiction that is both atmospheric and memorable, suffused with dread and suspense right up to the last page.
Big Sky Secrets is another heartfelt romance in the delightful Parable, Montana series. This last stop in Three Trees wraps up most of the previous storylines and provides readers one last glimpse of favorite characters.
Unlike Walt’s usual adventures...this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.
An expertly written tale of ancient crimes, with every period detail—and every detail, period—just right.
His heritage as folksinger, artist, and observer of West Texas strife lives on through these distinct pages infused with the author’s wit, personality, and dedication to Americana.
The Orchardist is a beautifully written and haunting novel, a mood not usually captured by first time authors.
Really glaring are the absence of reasons why Joslyn loves Slade and why he loves her. Heated love scenes have never been Miller’s forte, but this book flattens them to cyphers.
It is an examination of the redemptive power of articulated memory, and it is a masterwork by one of our finest writers working at the top of his form.
Something of an odd couple at the outset, Long and Longmire pull together as the complex investigation deepens. Tough, resourceful and quietly funny, as always.
A well-rendered neoclassic tale of the Old West, worthy of a place alongside Lonesome Dove and Sea of Grass
While the worldbuilding is thin and frequently nonsensical, this grotesque and bloody construction of a vampire world will appeal to readers who've been craving gore over romance with their vampires.
"Boleto" doesn't take many chances, but this final discovery is surprisingly touching and bittersweet.
A master’s valedictory canter around a familiar track—an unimpressive job of carpentry that’s still treasurable for Leonard’s patented dialogue and some truly loopy situations handled with deadpan brio.
Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.
The Terror Of Living describes how the misery heaps onto the players fighting over a sharply decreasing share of profit, without dehumanizing their thoughts in order to favor those who are chasing them.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
Walls’ telling of her story makes you want to live a life that someone will remember, that someone will find significant enough to write about.
Perhaps that is Capote's inward purpose: to write about emptiness and violence less than human in a book that will itself be a single happening in the mind, that mocks the pretensions to timelessness implicit in the classic novel. In Cold Blood is a significant title: it cuts several ways.
The prose is clear and – as befitting the subject matter – pared down to often brutal effect. This is an austere world of emotional expediency and personal sacrifice...