LJ Fiction Reviews: July 2017

With her mordant wit and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch; Moriarty is a gifted author of singular talent; Garrett's Hollywood Homicide is sure to be a hit with readers seeking a fresh new sleuth; newcomer Klein delivers the next compelling sf technothriller, pleasing fans of Blake Crouch's Dark Matter
Below is a list of Fiction, Mystery, and Sf/Fantasy titles to be reviewed in the July 2017 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.


**Culliton, Emily. The Misfortune of Marion Palm. Knopf. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781524731908. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524731915. F DEBUT **Dehe, Astrid & Achim Engstler. Eichmann’s Executioner. New Pr. Jul. 2017. 224p. tr. from German by Helen MacCormac & Alyson Coombes. ISBN 9781620973011. $23.95; ebk. ISBN 9781620973028. F Douglas, Marcia. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim. Peepal Tree. Jul. 2017. 286p. photos. ISBN 9781845233327. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781845233495. F Fitch, Janet. The Revolution of Marina M. Little, Brown. Nov. 2017. 816p. ISBN 9780316022064. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316125772. F **Follett, Ken. A Column of Fire. Viking. (Pillars of the Earth, Bk. 3). Sept. 2017. 928p. ISBN 9780525954972. $36; ebk. ISBN 9780735224476. F Grant, Sofia. The Dress in the Window. Morrow. Jul. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062499721. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062499738. F **Gross, Andrew. The Saboteur. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781250079510. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466892170. F Gurnah, Abdulrazak. Gravel Heart. Bloomsbury USA. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781632868138. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781408881316. F Hay, Ashley. The Body in the Clouds. Washington Square: S. & S. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501165115. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501165122. F Hewitt, Kate. A Mother Like Mine. Berkley. (Hartley-by-the-Sea, Bk. 3). Aug. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399583797. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780399583803. F **Huber, Laurel Davis. The Velveteen Daughter. She Writes. Jul. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9781631521928. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631521935. F DEBUT **Jemc, Jac. The Grip of It. Farrar. Aug. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780374536916. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780374716073. F Kahn, Michael A. Played! Poisoned Pen. Jul. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781464208362. pap. $15.95. F Kent, Hannah. The Good People. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316243964. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316243933. F **Krauss, Nicole. Forest Dark. Harper. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062430991. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062431011. F **Lapena, Shari. A Stranger in the House. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780735221123. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735221147. F Lynch, Paul. Grace. Little, Brown. Jul. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780316316309. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316316293. F **McCormack, Mike. Solar Bones. Soho. Sept. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781616958534. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616958541. F **Moriarty, Sarah. North Haven. Little A: Amazon. Jun. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9781503941519. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781503941526. $14.95. F DEBUT **Norton, Graham. Holding. Atria. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501173264. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501173288. F DEBUT Pearl, Nancy. George and Lizzie. Touchstone. Sept. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781501162893. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501162916. F DEBUT Pessoa, Fernando. The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition. New Directions. Aug. 2017. 608p. ed. by Jerónimo Pizarro. tr. from Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. ISBN 9780811226936. $24.95. F Platzer, Brian. Bed-Stuy Is Burning. Atria. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146954. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146978. F DEBUT Read, Warren. Ash Falls. Ig. Jul. 2017. 306p. ISBN 9781632460479. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781632460486. F DEBUT Rogneby, Jenny. Leona: The Die Is Cast. Other. Aug. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781590518823. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590518830. F DEBUT Rose, Augustus. The Readymade Thief. Viking. Aug. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780735221833. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735221857. F DEBUT Sternbergh, Adam. The Blinds. Ecco: HarperCollins. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062661340. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062661364. F Stewart, Amy. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions. Houghton Harcourt. (Kopp Sisters, Bk. 3). Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780544409996. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544409637. F Tunnicliffe, Hannah. A French Wedding. Doubleday. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385541848. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541855. F **Williams, David. When the English Fall. Algonquin. Jul. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781616205225. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616207083. F DEBUT Wilson, Andrew. A Talent for Murder. Atria. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501145063. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501145087. F **Wiseman, Ellen Marie. The Life She Was Given. Kensington. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781617734496. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617734502. F Woods, Eva. Something Like Happy. Graydon House. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781525811357. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488026072. F

Short Stories

Obejas, Achy. The Tower of the Antilles. Akashic. Jul. 2017. 150p. ISBN 9781617755392. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617755538. F **Weil, Josh. The Age of Perpetual Light. Grove. Sept. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780802127013. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802188779. F DEBUT


DEBUT OF THE MONTH **Garrett, Kellye. Hollywood Homicide: A Detective by Day Mystery. Midnight Ink. Aug. 2017. 312p. ISBN 9780738752617. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738753003. M CHECK THESE OUT **Alber, Lisa. Path into Darkness: A County Clare Mystery. Midnight Ink. Aug. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780738750576. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738751801. M **Backlund, J.R. Among the Dead: A Rachel Carver Mystery. Crooked Lane. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781683312734. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683312741. M DEBUT Handler, David. The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Stewart Hoag Mystery. Morrow. Aug. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062412843. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062412867. M Johns, Roger. Dark River Rising. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250110091. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250110114. M DEBUT **Mrazek, Robert J. Dead Man’s Bridge. Crooked Lane. Aug. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781683312697. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683312703. M Stein, Triss. Brooklyn Wars: An Erica Donato Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Aug. 2017. 236p. ISBN 9781464207198. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464207204. M **Steiner, Susie. Persons Unknown. Random. Jul. 2017. 32p. ISBN 9780812998344. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998351. M COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES Continental Crimes. Poisoned Pen (British Library Crime Classics). Aug. 2017. 278p. ed. by Martin Edwards. ISBN 9781464207488. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464207495. M COZY CORNER **Copperman. E.J. Dog Dish of Doom. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Agent to the Paws, Bk. 1). Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250084279. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250084286. M Perona, Elizabeth. Murder at the Male Revue. Midnight Ink. (Bucket List, Bk. 3). Jul. 2017. 312p. ISBN 9780738750644. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738751849. M Shogan, Colleen J. Calamity at the Continental Club. Camel. (Washington Whodunit, Bk. 3). Jul. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781603813358. pap. $15.95. M
SERIES LINEUP **Bowen, Rhys. On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service: A Royal Spyness Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780425283509. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410251. M Brown, Eric. Murder Take Three: A Langham & Dupre Mystery. Severn House. Aug. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780727887092. $28.99. M Cotterill, Colin. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics: A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery. Soho Crime. Aug. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781616958251. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958268. M Doiron, Paul. Knife Creek. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250102355. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250102379. M McCafferty, Keith. Cold Hearted River: A Sean Stranahan Mystery. Viking. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780525429609. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698406360. M Miley, Mary. Murder in Disguise: A Roaring Twenties Mystery. Severn House. Aug. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780727887146. $28.99. M
ADDITIONAL MYSTERY Davis, Lindsey. The Third Nero: A Flavia Albia Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250078919. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466891456. M **Hall, Rachel Howzell. City of Saviors: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel Forge. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780765381194. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466878044. F **Penny, Louise. Glass Houses. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250066190. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466873681. M


DEBUT OF THE MONTH **Klein, Tal M. The Punch Escrow. Geek & Sundry: Inkshares. Jul. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9781942645580. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781942645597. SF CHECK THESE OUT **Abraham, Brad. Magicians Impossible. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250083524. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250083531. FANTASY DEBUT Chance, Karen. Ride the Storm. Berkley. (Cassie Palmer, Bk. 8). Aug. 2017. 608p. ISBN 9781101989982. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101989999. FANTASY Gandert, Sean. Lost in Arcadia. 47North: Amazon. Jul. 2017. 412p. ISBN 9781477848531. pap. $14.95. SF DEBUT Jemisin, N.K. The Stone Sky. Orbit: Hachette. (Broken Earth, Bk. 3). Aug. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9780316229241. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316229258. FANTASY Lostetter, Marina J. Noumenon. Harper Voyager. (Noumenon, Bk. 1). Aug. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062497840. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062497857. SF DEBUT Lucas, Dale. First Watch. Orbit: Hachette. (Fifth Ward, Bk. 1). Jul. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780316469074. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316469043. FANTASY Merbeth, K.S. Raid. Orbit: Hachette. (Wastelanders, Bk. 2). Jul. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780316308731. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316308724. FANTASY **Newitz, Annalee. Autonomous. Tor. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780765392077. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765392091. SF DEBUT Shaw, Vivian. Strange Practice. Orbit: Hachette. (Dr. Greta Helsing, Bk. 1). Jul. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316434607. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316434614. FANTASY DEBUT Stross, Charles. The Delirium Brief. Tor.com. (Laundry Files, Bk. 8). Jul. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780765394668. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765394675. FANTASY Wulff, Leslie Peter. Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer: A Novel of Tall Tails and Other Dimensions. Night Shade. Jul. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781597808941. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781597806152. FANTASY DEBUT
SERIES LINEUP Price, Daniel. The Song of the Orphans. Blue Rider. (Silver, Bk. 2). Jul. 2017. 752p. ISBN 9780399164996. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101620069. SF Sullivan, Michael J. Age of Swords. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Legends of the First Empire, Bk. 2). Jul. 2017. 496p. ISBN 9781101965368. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101965375. FANTASY
COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES **The Best of Subterranean. Subterranean. Jul. 2017. 752p. ed. by William Schafer. ISBN 9781596068377. $45. SF Novik, Naomi. Golden Age and Other Stories. Subterranean. Aug. 2017. 184p. illus. ISBN 9781596068292. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781596068308. FANTASY Urban Enemies. Gallery: S. & S. Aug. 2017. 448p. ed. by Joseph Nassise. ISBN 9781501155086. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501155093. FANTASY  

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