LJ Fiction | Review Alert, January 2018

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Below is a list of Mystery & Suspense, Sf, Erotica, and Fiction titles to be reviewed in the January 2018 issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience. 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.


Best Gay Erotica of the Year. Vol. 3. Cleis. 2017. 216p. ed. by Rob Rosen. ISBN 9781627782203. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627782210. EROTICA Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year. Vol. 2. Cleis. 2017. 216p. ed. by Sacchi Green. ISBN 9781627782548. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627782555. EROTICA **The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales. Vol. 2. Cleis. Jan. 2018. 216p. ed. by Rachel Kramer Bussel. ISBN 9781627782227. pap. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627782234. EROTICA Grey, Sasha. The Mismade Girl. Cleis. (Juliette Society, Bk. 3). Mar. 2018. 216p. ISBN 9781627781824. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627781831. EROTICA Rowe, Lauren. Misadventures of a College Girl. Waterhouse. (Misadventures, Bk. 8). Mar. 2018. 280p. ISBN 9781947222991. pap. $12.99. erotica


Alexander, V.S. The Taster. Kensington. Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781496712271. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496712288. F **Allnutt, Luke. We Own the Sky. Park Row: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778314738. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078712. F DEBUT Andersen, Laura. The Darkling Bride. Ballantine. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780425286432. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780425286449. F **Ball, Jesse. Census. Ecco: HarperCollins. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780062676139. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676153. F Beauman, Ned. Madness Is Better Than Defeat. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780385352994. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353007. F **Bloom, Amy. White Houses. Random. Mar. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780812995664. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812995671. F Boast, Will. Daphne. Liveright: Norton. Feb. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781631493034. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631493041. F **Bradbury, Jamey. The Wild Inside. Morrow. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062741998. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062742018. F **Brown, Taylor. Gods of Howl Mountain. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250111777. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250111784. F **Coster, Naima. Halsey Street. Little A: Amazon. Jan. 2018. 332p. ISBN 9781503941175. $24.95. F DEBUT Couto, Mia. Woman of the Ashes. tr. from Portuguese by David Brookshaw. Farrar. Apr. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780374292270. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715663. F **Crook, Elizabeth. The Which Way Tree. Little, Brown. Feb. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780316434959. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316434966. F Cross-Smith, Leesa. Whiskey & Ribbons. Hub City. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781938235382. $27. F Dolnick, Ben. The Ghost Notebooks. Pantheon. Feb. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101871096. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871102. F **Evison, Jonathan. Lawn Boy. Algonquin. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781616202620. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616208257. F Haig, Matt. How To Stop Time. Viking. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780525522874. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522881. F Halpern, Sue. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library. Harper Perennial. Feb. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062678966. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678973. F Henstra, Sarah. The Red Word. Black Cat. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780802126559. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802188823. F **Hepworth, Sally. The Family Next Door. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250120892. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250120915. F Herron, Mick. This Is What Happened. Soho Crime. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781616958619. $23.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958626. F **Howarth, Paul. Only Killers and Thieves. Harper. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062690968. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062690999. F Johnson, Chelsey. Stray City. Custom House. Mar. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780062666680. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062666703. $12.99. F Kenny, Meghan. The Driest Season. Norton. Feb. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9780393634594. $25.95. F Kothari, Falguni. My Last Love Story. Graydon. Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781525811395. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488027864. F Lawhon, Ariel. I Was Anastasia. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780385541695. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541701. F Lazar, Zachary. Vengeance. Catapult. Feb. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781936787777. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781936787784. F Lukas, Michael David. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. Spiegel & Grau. Mar. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780399181160. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399181177. F McCluskey, Mary. The Long Deception. Little A: Amazon. Jan. 2018. 254p. ISBN 9781542046329. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781542046312. $14.95. F Mallery, Susan. Sisters Like Us. Mira: Harlequin. Jan. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780778330905. pap. $15.99. F Marrs, John. The One. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Feb. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335005106. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488084874. F **Mathews, Harry. The Solitary Twin. New Directions. Mar. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780811227544. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9780811227551. F Milchman, Jenny. Wicked River. Sourcebooks Landmark. May 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781492658993. pap. $15.99. F Miles, Jonathan. Anatomy of a Miracle. Hogarth: Crown. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780553447583. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553447590. F **Moore, Christopher. Noir. Morrow. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062433978. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062434005. F **Navin, Rhiannon. Only Child. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524733353. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524733360. F DEBUT Pears, Tim. The Wanderers. Bloomsbury USA. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781635572025. $28. F Rachman, Tom. The Italian Teacher. Viking. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735222694. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735222717. F **Rao, Shobha. Girls Burn Brighter. Flatiron: Macmillan. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250074256. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250074263. F DEBUT **Sarvas, Mark. Memento Park. Farrar. Mar. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780374206376. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374713416. F Sharratt, Mary. Ecstasy. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780544800892. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544800922. F Smyer, Adam. Knucklehead. Akashic. Feb. 2018. 340p. ISBN 9781617755873. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617756030. F DEBUT Stauffer, Amanda. Match Made in Manhattan. Skyhorse. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781510728097. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781510728103. F DEBUT Steavenson, Wendell. Paris Metro. Norton. Mar. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780393609783. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393609790. F DEBUT Tawada, Yoko. The Emissary. New Directions. Apr. 2018. 128p. tr. from Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani. ISBN 9780811227629. pap. $14.95. F Todd, Anna. The Spring Girls. Gallery: S. & S. Jan. 2018. 512p. ISBN 9781501130717. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501130724. F Warner, Helen. The Story of Our Lives. Graydon. Feb. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781525820830. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488029370. F

Short Stories

Mackin, Will. Bring Out the Dog. Random. Mar. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9780812995640. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812995657. F DEBUT Shriver, Lionel. Property: Stories Between Two Novellas. Harper. Apr. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062697936. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062697950. F **Sittenfeld, Curtis. You Think It, I’ll Say It. Random. Apr. 2018. 226p. ISBN 9780399592867. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592874. F **Wideman, John Edgar. American Histories. Scribner. Mar. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9781501178344. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501178368. F DUBLIN THRILLERS **Howard, Catherine Ryan. The Liar’s Girl. Blackstone. Feb. 2018. 349p. ISBN 9781504782548. $24.99. F Perry, Karen. Girl Unknown. Holt. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780805098747. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780805098754. F



**Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Raymond Obstfeld (text) & Josh Cassara (illus.). Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook. Titan. Sept. 2017. 128p. ISBN 9781785853005. pap. $16.99. MYS Bendis, Brian Michael (text) & Stefano Caselli (illus.). Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart. Vol. 1: Riri Williams. Marvel. Jul. 2017. 136p. ISBN 9781302906719. $24.99. SUPERHERO Butler, Octavia E. & Damian Duffy (text) & John Jennings (illus.). Kindred. ComicArts: Abrams. Jan. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781419709470. $24.95. SF Coates, Ta-Nehisi & Yona Harvey (text) & Butch Guice (illus.). Black Panther & the Crew: We Are the Streets. Marvel. Oct. 2017. 136p. ISBN 9781302908324. pap. $17.99. SUPERHERO Craft, Jerry. Mama’s Boyz: In Living Color! Mama’s Boyz Inc. (www.mamasboyz.com). Mar. 2017. 89p. ISBN 9780979613289. $10. HUMOR **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. HISTORICAL FICTION **Fletcher, Brendan & others. Motor Crush. Vol. 1. Image. Jun. 2017. 136p. ISBN 9781534301894. pap. $9.99. Sf **Gillman, Melanie. As the Crow Flies. Iron Circus. Nov. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781945820069. pap. $30. F Jennings, John. Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road. Rosarium. Mar. 2017. 102p. ISBN 9780990319146. pap. $14.95. HORROR Jones, J.G. (text & art) & Mark Waid (text). Strange Fruit. BOOM! Studios. May 2017. 128p. ISBN 9781608868728. $24.99. SF Lansdale, Joe R. (text) & Sam Glanzman, Jorge Blanco, & Jok (illus.). Red Range: A Wild Western Adventure. IDW. Jun. 2017. 112p. ISBN 978163140994. $19.99. WESTERN Longino, Jay (text) & Caanan White & Diego Rodriguez (illus.). Son of Shaolin. Bk. 1: The Beginning. Image. Sept. 2017. 120p. ISBN 9781534303232. pap. $16.99. ACTION/ADVENTURE **Medina, Tony (text) & Stacey Robinson & John Jennings (illus.). I Am Alfonso Jones. Tu: Lee & Low. Oct. 2017. 176p. ISBN 9781620142639. pap. $18.95. F Sacco, Kevin. Josephine. SLG. Aug. 2017. 132p. ISBN 9781593622862. pap. $12.95. Biographical fiction Smith, Juliana “Jewels” (text) & Ronald Nelson & Mike Hampton (illus.). (H)afrocentric. Vols. 1–4. PM. Sept. 2017. 136p. ISBN 9781629634487. pap. $20. F will.i.am & Benjamin Jackendoff (text) & Damion Scott (illus.). Black Eyed Peas Present: Masters of the Sun; The Zombie Chronicles. Marvel. Aug. 2017. 120p. ISBN 9781302910846. pap. $24.99. HORROR Williams, Marcus (text & illus.) & Greg Burnham (text). Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny. No. 1 & 2. (marcusthevisual.com/tuskegee-heirs.com). 2016–17. 29p. $19.99. ACTION/ADVENTURE


**Bagge, Peter. Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story. Drawn & Quarterly. Feb. 2017. 104p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781770462694. $21.95. BIOG **Bocquet, José-Luis (text) & Catel Muller (illus.). Josephine Baker. SelfMadeHero. May 2017. 496p. bibliog. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin & Mercedes Claire Gilliom. ISBN 9781910593295. pap. $27.95. BIOG Moore, Dan Méndez. Six Days in Cincinnati: A Graphic Account of the Riots That Shook the Nation a Decade Before Black Lives Matter. 2d ed. Microcosm. (Comix Journalism). Jun. 2017. 96p. ISBN 9781621068006. pap. $11.95. HIST **Passmore, Ben. Your Black Friend. Silver Sprocket. 2016. 11p. ISBN 9781945509032. pap. $5. sociology Sampayo, Carlos (text) & José Muñoz (illus.). Billie Holiday. NBM. May 2017. 80p. tr. from French by Katy MacRae & others. ISBN 9781681120935. $19.99. BIOG **Tisserand, Michael. Krazy: George Herriman; A Life in Black and White. Harper. 2016. 560p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780061732997. $35. BIOG Titeux, Sybille (text) & Amazing Améziane (illus.). Muhammad Ali. Dark Horse. 2016. 128p. tr. from French by Nicole Seguin-Morris. ISBN 9781506703183. $19.99. BIOG

About Comics

Howard, Sheena C. Encyclopedia of Black Comics. Fulcrum. Sept. 2017. 280p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781682751015. pap. $23.95. COMICS STUDIES Jackson, Tim. Pioneering Cartoonists of Color. Univ. Pr. of Mississippi. Apr. 2017. 128p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781496804853. pap. $35. COMICS STUDIES RURAL LIVING Florence, Elinor. Wildwood. Dundurn. Mar. 2018. 328p. ISBN 9781459740204. pap. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781459740228. F MacArthur, Robin. Heart Spring Mountain. Ecco: HarperCollins. Jan. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062444424. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062444455. F DEBUT



**Raybourn, Deanna. A Treacherous Curse. Berkley. (Veronica Speedwell, Bk. 3). Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780451476173. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698198401. M


Cleeves, Ann. The Glass Room. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781250135728. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107374. M Gardner, Lisa. Look for Me. Dutton. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781524742058. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524742065. suspense Longworth, M.L. The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche: A Provençal Mystery. Penguin Pr. Apr. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780143131427. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524705152. M Phillips, Adam Walker. The Perpetual Summer. Prospect Park. (Chuck Restic, Bk. 2). Jan. 2018. 280p. ISBN 9781945551123. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781945551130. M **Shames, Terry. A Reckoning in the Back Country. Seventh St: Prometheus. (Samuel Craddock, Bk. 7). Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781633883673. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781633883680. M **Siger, Jeffrey. An Aegean April. Poisoned Pen. (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, Bk. 9). Jan. 2018. 318p. ISBN 9781464209451. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464209482. M Spencer, Sally. Dry Bones: A Jennie Redhead Mystery. Severn House. Feb. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780727887542. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781780109336. M Vanek, John A. Deros: A Father Jake Austin Mystery. Coffeetown. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781603816199. pap. $16.95. M DEBUT

Collections & Anthologies

**Bloody Scotland. Pegasus Crime. Mar. 2018. 284p. ed. by James Crawford. ISBN 9781681776545. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681777122. M The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories. Poisoned Pen. (British Library Crime Classics). Jan. 2018. 234p. ed. by Martin Edwards. ISBN 9781464209062. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464209079. M

Cozy Corner

Bolton, Ginger. Survival of the Fritters. Kensington. (Deputy Donut, Bk. 1). Feb. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781496711878. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496711885. M MacRae, Molly. Scones and Scoundrels. Pegasus Crime. (Highland Bookshop, Bk. 2). Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781681776200. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681776910. M Trent, Teresa. Murder of a Good Man. Camel. (Piney Woods, Bk. 1). Jan. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781603816359. pap. $15.95. M STOCKHOLM COPS Kallentoft, Mons & Markus Lutteman. Zack. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jan. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9781476788135. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781476788159. SUSPENSE Kepler, Lars. The Sandman. Knopf. Mar. 2018. 464p. tr. from Swedish by Neil Smith. ISBN 9781524732240. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732257. SUSPENSE


Debut of the Month

**Burke, Sue. Semiosis. Tor. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765391353. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765391377. SF

Check These Out

Bickle, Laura. Witch Creek. Harper Voyager. (Witchlands, Bk. 2). Feb. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062567314. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062567321. FANTASY Boone, Ezekiel. Zero Day. Emily Bestler: Atria. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781501125102. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501125133. HORROR Bujold, Lois McMaster. Penric’s Fox Subterranean. (Penric & Desdemona, Bk. 3). Feb. 2018. 198p. ISBN 9781596068636. $25. FANTASY Dietz, William C. Battle Hymn. Ace: Berkley. (America Rising, Bk. 3). Feb. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780425278741. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698184459. SF **Katsu, Alma. The Hunger. Putnam. Mar. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780735212510. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735212527. HORROR Kessel, John. Pride and Prometheus. Saga: S. & S. Feb. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781481481472. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481481496. FANTASY **Malerman, Josh. Unbury Carol. Del Rey: Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780399180163. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399180170. HORROR Ober, Damien Lincoln. Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America: A Novel of the Digital Revolution. Night Shade. Jan. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781597809191. pap. $14.99. FANTASY DEBUT **Pedreira, David. Gunpowder Moon. Harper Voyager. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062676085. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676092. SF DEBUT Salvatore, R.A. Child of a Mad God. Tor. (Coven, Bk. 1). Feb. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780765395276. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395283. FANTASY **Schwehn, Kaethe. The Rending and the Nest. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781632869722. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781632869746. SF Wendig, Chuck. The Raptor & The Wren. Saga: S. & S. (Miriam Black, Bk. 5). Jan. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781481448741. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781481448758. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481448765. FANTASY Whicker, Julia. Wonderblood. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250066060. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466873377. SF DEBUT Wilkins, Kim. Daughters of the Storm. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Daughters of the Storm, Bk. 1). Mar. 2018. 434p. ISBN 9780399177477. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399177484. FANTASY    

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