LJ Fiction | Review Alert, December 2017

Lovesay's exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters; trippy, nail-biting speculative fiction from Sweterlitsch; fans of Anderson's first installment of this series will devour this book; D'Salete's brutal and tragic tales lend context to the ongoing fight for individual liberties worldwide; another riveting read from the unparalleled Chase
Below is a list of Fiction, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Romance, and Sf/Fantasy titles to be reviewed in the December 2017 issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience. Also included are titles recently reviewed as online-only Xpress Reviews and in our LJ Reviews e-newsletter. Starred reviews are indicated with **. PUBLISHERS: Please remember to send us one finished copy of each book that is scheduled for review (i.e., all of the forthcoming titles listed below) if you initially submitted a galley or bound manuscript. Our reviewers are not paid, and we like to send a finished copy of the reviewed book as a thank you. Materials should be mailed to: Library Journal, 123 William Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10038.


Aira, César. The Linden Tree. New Directions. Apr. 2018. 128p. tr. from Spanish by Chris Andrews. ISBN 9780811219082. $13.95; ebk. ISBN 9780811227469. F **Anderson, James. Lullaby Road. Crown. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781101906545. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101906569. F **Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. F **Carey, Peter. A Long Way from Home. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780525520177. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520184. F **Cleeton, Chanel. Next Year in Havana. Berkley. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780399586682. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780399586699. F DEBUT **Cornwell, Bernard. Fools and Mortals. Harper. Jan. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062250872. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062250919. F **Darznik, Jasmin. Song of a Captive Bird. Ballantine. Feb. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399182310. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399182327. F DEBUT Dolan, Eva. This Is How It Ends. Bloomsbury USA. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781635570526. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781408886625. F **Elliott, Lexie. The French Girl. Berkley. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399586934. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399586941. F DEBUT **Higgins, Kristan. Now That You Mention It. HQN: Harlequin. Dec. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781335903358. pap. $15.99. F Hoby, Hermione. Neon in Daylight. Catapult. Jan. 2018. 292p. ISBN 9781936787753. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781936787760. F DEBUT **Hughes-Hallett, Lucy. Peculiar Ground. Harper. Jan. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780062684196. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684219. F DEBUT Hunt, Tom. Killer Choice. Berkley. Jan. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399586408. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399586415. F DEBUT Huston, Allegra. Say My Name. Mira: Harlequin. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780778330714. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488022913. F DEBUT **Joyce, Rachel. The Music Shop. Random. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780812996685. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812996692. F Kennard, Luke. The Transition. Farrar. Jan. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780374278717. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374717575. F Kinsella, Sophie. Surprise Me. Dial. Feb. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780399592881. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399592898. F Lescroart, John. Poison. Atria. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781501115707. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501115721. F Mangan, Christine. Tangerine. Ecco: HarperCollins. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062686664. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062686688. F DEBUT  Morris, Mary. Gateway to the Moon. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780385542906. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542913. F Nissen, Thisbe. Our Lady of the Prairie. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781328662071. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781328663054. F Nunez, Sigrid. The Friend. Riverhead. Feb. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780735219441. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735219465. F Oliveira, Robin. Winter Sisters. Viking. Feb. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399564253. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399564277. F Oloomi, Azareen & Van der Vliet. Call Me Zebra. Houghton Harcourt. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780544944602. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544944152. F **Pierce, Thomas. The Afterlives. Riverhead. Jan. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781594632532. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698144941. F **Smith, Ali. Winter. Pantheon. Nov. 2017. 321p. ISBN 9781101870754. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870761. F Swanson, Peter. All the Beautiful Lies. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062427052. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062427076. F Su Wei. The Invisible Valley. Small Beer. Apr. 2018. 400p. tr. from Chinese by Austin Woerner. ISBN 9781618731456. pap. $16. F **Winnette, Colin. The Job of the Wasp. Soft Skull. Jan. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781593766801. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781593766856. F

Favorite thriller scribes

**Berry, Steve. The Bishop’s Pawn. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250140227. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250140234. F **Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. City of Endless Night. Grand Central. Jan. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781455536948. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455536924. F


**Meissner, Susan. As Bright as Heaven. Berkley. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780399585968. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399585982. F Rich, Nathaniel. King Zeno. Farrar. Jan. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780374181314. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374716318. F

Short Stories

Mosher, Howard Frank. Points North. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781250161932. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250161949. F Schutt, Christine. Pure Hollywood. Grove. Mar. 2018. 144p. ISBN 9780802127617. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780802165657. F


Bodrožic´, Ivana. The Hotel Tito. Seven Stories. Nov. 2017. 176p. tr. from Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac´. ISBN 9781609807955. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781609807962. F DEBUT Fo, Dario. Holy Jester! The Saint Francis Fables. Opus. Dec. 2017. 160p. tr. from Italian by Mario Pirovano. illus. by the author. ISBN 9781623160821. $38.95. F Franzosini, Edgardo. The Animal Gazer. New Vessel. Jan. 2018. 128p. tr. from Italian by Michael F. Moore. ISBN 9781939931528. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781939931542. F Kawabata, Yasunari. Dandelions. New Directions. Dec. 2017. 128p. tr. from Japanese by Michael Emmerich. ISBN 9780811224093. pap. $14.95; 9780811224109. F Khoury, Najla Jraissaty. Pearls on a Branch: Tales from the Arab World Told by Women. Archipelago. Mar. 2018. 270p. tr. from Arabic by Inea Bushnaq. ISBN 9780914671961. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9780914671893. F/FOLKLORE Krasznahorkai, László. The World Goes On. New Directions. Dec. 2017. 288p. tr. from Hungarian by George Szirtes & others. ISBN 9780811224192. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780811224208. SHORT STORIES **Kröger, Merle. Collision. Unnamed. Nov. 2017. 240p. tr. from German by Rachel Hildebrandt & Alexandra Roesch. ISBN 9781944700195. pap. $15.95. F Maurensig, Paulo. Theory of Shadows. Farrar. Jan. 2018. 192p. tr. from Italian by Anne Milano Appel. ISBN 9780374273804. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780374715915. F Ørstavik, Hanne. Love. Archipelago. Feb. 2018. 180p. tr. from Norwegian by Martin Aiken. ISBN 9780914671947. pap. $17. ebk. ISBN 9780914671954. F Slimani, Leila. The Perfect Nanny. Penguin. Jan. 2018. 240p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. ISBN 9780143132172. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780525503897. F


Bec, Christophe (text) & Eric Henninot & Milan Jovanovic (illus.). Cathargo. Vol. 1: The Fortuna Island Lagoon. Humanoids. Feb. 2018. 286p. tr. from French by Quinn & Katia Donoghue & Montana Kane. ISBN 9781594654640. pap. $24.95. MYS D’Salete, Marcelo. Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom. Fantagraphics. Oct. 2017. 180p. tr. from Portuguese by Andrea Rosenberg. bibliog. ISBN 9781683960492. $24.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS  Findakly, Brigitte & Lewis Trondheim. Poppies of Iraq. Drawn & Quarterly. Sept. 2017. 120p. tr. from French by Helge Dascher. ISBN 9781770462939. $21.95. MEMOIR Fleming, Ian & James Robinson (text) & Aaron Campbell (illus.). James Bond: Felix Leiter. Dynamite. Nov. 2017. 152p. ISBN 9781524104702. $24.99. F Lewis, Corey. Sun Bakery: Fresh Collection. Image. Sept. 2017. 200p. ISBN 9781534304352. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781534306042. F Longino, Jay (text) & Canaan White & others (illus.). Son of Shaolin. Bk. 1: The Beginning. Image. Sept. 2017. 120p. ISBN 9781534303232. pap. $16.99. F Mignola, Mike (text) & Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (illus.). Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Dark Horse. Oct. 2017. 49p. ISBN 9781506704661. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781506705972. HORROR Perrissin, Christian (text) & Matthieu Blanchin (illus.). Calamity Jane: The Calimitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary. IDW. Sept. 2017. 368p. tr. from French by Diana Schutz & Brandon Kander. maps. ISBN 9781631408694. $29.99. HIST **Santos, Victor. Rashomon: A Commissioner Heigo Kobayashi Case. Dark Horse. Oct. 2017. 160p. tr. from Japanese by Katie LaBarbera. ISBN 9781506703176. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781630088989. MYS Starks, Kyle. Rock Candy Mountain. Vol. 1. Image. Oct. 2017. 104p. ISBN 9781534303171. pap. $9.99. F Williamson, Joshua & Tom King (text) & Jason Fabok & others (illus.). Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition. DC. Oct. 2017. 104p. ISBN 9781401276447. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781401282004. SUPERHEROES Zabus, Vincent (text) & Thomas Campi (illus.). Magritte: This Is Not a Biography. SelfMadeHero. Nov. 2017. 72p. ISBN 9781910593370. pap. $14.99. BIOG/arts

Genre-Bending Thrillers

Remender, Rick (text) & Greg Tocchini & Alex Maleev (illus.). The Last Days of American Crime. Image. Sept. 2017. 184p. ISBN 9781534304376. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781632155849. CRIME fiction **Talbot, Bryan. Grandville Force Majeure: A Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard Scientific-Romance Thriller. Dark Horse. Nov. 2017. 176p. ISBN 9781506703800. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781630089849. Mys  


Pick of the Month

**Lovesey, Peter. Beau Death: A Peter Diamond Investigation. Soho Crime. Dec. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781616959050. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959067 M

Check These Out

Barrett, Casey. Under Water: A Duck Darley Mystery. Kensington. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781496709684. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781496709707. M DEBUT **Bradley, Alan. The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Delacorte. Jan. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780345539991. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345540010. M Disher, Garry. Signal Loss: A Hal Challis Investigation. Soho Crime. Dec. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781616958596. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958602. M Easton, Don. Subverting Justice: A Jack Taggart Mystery. Dundurn. Dec. 2017. 408p. ISBN 9781459739802. pap. $11.99; ebk.ISBN 9781459739826. M Malane, Donna. My Brother’s Keeper. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781250111340. $25.99.; ebk. ISBN 9781250111357. M Stahl, Lauren. The Devil’s Song. Kaylie Jones: Akashic. Jan. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781617755965. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617756139. M DEBUT **Tantimedh, Adi. Her Beautiful Monster: The Ravi PI Series. Atria. Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501130601. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501130625. M

Cozy Corner

Gilbert, Victoria. A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery. Crooked Lane. Dec. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781683314394. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781683316077. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683314400. M DEBUT Hunter, Maddy. Say No Moor: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Midnight Ink. Jan. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780738749617. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738750248. M Parra, Nancy J. A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery. Crooked Lane. Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781683314332. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683314349. M

Series Lineup  

Celestin, Ray. Dead Man’s Blues. Pegasus Crime. Dec. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781681775609. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681776088. M Hallinan, Timothy. Fools’ River: A Poke Rafferty Thriller. Soho Crime. Nov. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781616957506. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957513. M L’Etoile, James. Bury the Past. Crooked Lane. (Detective Penley, Bk. 2). Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781683314424. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683314431. M  Levy, Lawrence H. Last Stop in Brooklyn: A Mary Handley Mystery. Broadway. Jan. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780451498441. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780451498458. M  Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to the School: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery. Kensington. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781496702081. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781496702098. M Oust, Gail. Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250081261. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893139. M Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery. Morrow. Dec. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780062439567. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062439581. M 

Additional Mystery

Anderson, Kent. Green Sun. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Feb. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316466806. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316466820. M May, Peter. I’ll Keep You Safe. Quercus. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781681440934. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781681440910. M Mosley, Walter. Down the River unto the Sea. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780316509640. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316509657. F


Love Those Nobles

Ashford, Jane. The Duke Knows Best. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Duke’s Sons, Bk. 5). Dec. 2017. 354p. ISBN 9781492621683. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492621690. HISTORICAL ROMANCE **Chase, Loretta. A Duke in Shining Armor. Avon. (Difficult Duke, Bk. 1). Dec. 2017. 383p. ISBN 9780062457387. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062457394. HISTORICAL ROMANCE Grey, Amelia. To the Duke, with Love. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Rakes of St. James, Bk. 2). Dec. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250102515. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250102522. HISTORICAL ROMANCE **Krahn, Betina. A Good Day To Marry a Duke. Zebra: Kensington. (Sin & Sensibility, Bk. 1). Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781420143478. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420143485. HISTORICAL ROMANCE **Owens, Robin D. Heart Sight. Jove. (Celta, Bk. 15). Dec. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780451488176. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780451488183. PARANORMAL ROMANCE Rodale, Maya. It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke. Avon. (Keeping up with the Cavendishes, Bk. 4). Dec. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062386816. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062386793. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Regular Folks

Cole, Alyssa. A Hope Divided. Kensington. (Loyal League, Bk. 2). Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781496707468. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781496707475. HISTORICAL ROMANCE Douglas, Emma. No Place Like You. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Cloud Bay, Bk. 1). Dec. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250111029. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250111036. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Jordan, Sophie. Beautiful Lawman. Avon. (Devil’s Rock, Bk. 4). Dec. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780062666567. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062666574. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE **Krentz, Jayne Ann. Promise Not To Tell. Berkley. Jan. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780399585272. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399585265. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE **Morgan, Sarah. Moonlight over Manhattan. HQN: Harlequin. (From Manhattan with Love, Bk. 6). Dec. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780373804030. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488022753. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Last-Minute Holiday Goody

Scott, Regina. His Frontier Christmas Family. Love Inspired Historical. (Frontier Bachelors, Bk. 7). Dec. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780373425501. pap. $5.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488017964. HISTORICAL ROMANCE


Debut of the Month

**Mehrotra, Rati. Markswoman. Harper Voyager. (Asiana, Bk. 1). Jan. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062564542. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062564566. FANTASY

Check These Out

Arden, Katherine. The Girl in the Tower. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Winternight Trilogy, Bk. 2). Dec. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781101885963. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885970. FANTASY Brodsky, Jordanna Max. Olympus Bound. Orbit: Hachette. (Olympus Bound, Bk. 3). Feb. 2018. 512p. ISBN 9780316385947. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316385923. FANTASY Brown, Pierce. Iron Gold. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Red Rising, Bk. 4). Jan. 2018. 624p. ISBN 9780425285916. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780425285923. SF McGuire, Seanan. Beneath the Sugar Sky. Tor.com. (Wayward Children, Bk. 3). Jan. 2018. 176p. ISBN 9780765393586. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765393579. SF Palmer, Ada. The Will To Battle. Tor. (Terra Ignota, Bk. 3). Dec. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780765378040. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858763. SF **Sweterlitsch, Tom. The Gone World. Putnam. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780399167508. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698142763. SF

Collections & Anthologies

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea. Night Shade. Feb. 2018. 320p. ed. by Ellen Datlow. ISBN 9781597809078. $25; pap. ISBN 9781597809467. $16.99. HORROR **Robots vs. Fairies. Saga: S. & S. Jan. 2018. 384p. ed. by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe. ISBN 9781481462365. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781481462358. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481462372. SF Singh, Vandana. Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories. Small Beer. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781618731432. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781618731425. SF Walton, Jo. Starlings. Tachyon. Feb. 2018. 228p. ISBN 9781616960568. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616960575. FANTASY

Additional SF/Fantasy

**Banks, Lucy. The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger. Amberjack. Feb. 2018. 328p. ISBN 9781944995478. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781944995485. FANTASY

Fonda Lee’S Epic Picks

Bear, Elizabeth. The Stone in the Skull (Lotus Kingdoms, Bk. 1).  Chakraborty, S.A. City of Brass. De Bodard, Aliette. “Obsidian and Blood” series. Gladstone, Max. “The Craft Sequence” series. Jemisin, N.K. “The Broken Earth” trilogy. Kearney, Paul. “Macht Trilogy.”   King, Stephen. “The Dark Tower” series.  Liu, Ken. “The Dandelion Dynasty” series.   McClellan, Brian. “The Powder Mage” trilogy. Okorafor, Nnedi. Who Fears Death.  Rivera, K. Arsenault. The Tiger’s Daughter. Wexler, Django. “The Shadow Campaigns” series.      

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