Author Lee Child explores origins of hero concept

“The Hero,” TLS, by Lee Child “The Hero,” a non-fiction essay by author Lee Child, opens with Child looking at language and how words have different meanings over the space of time. ...

'Andromeda Evolution' is sequel to Michael Crichton book

"The Andromeda Evolution," Harper, by Daniel H. Wilson To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Crichton's epic novel, "The Andromeda Strain," the author's est...

Narrative turns to world of poaching in 'Tracking Game'

"Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery," Crooked Lane Books, by Margaret Mizushima An explosion turns a fun evening into a rescue and mystery in Margaret Mizushima's latest novel...

Review: Janet Evanovich delivers with 'Twisted Twenty-Six'

"Twisted Twenty-Six," Putnam, by Janet Evanovich In "Twisted Twenty-Six," Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, Edna Mazur, Stephanie's eccentric grandmother, marries a gang...

Review: Is this the end for Juan Cabrillo and his team?

"Final Option," Putnam, by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison Readers of this ongoing "Oregon Files" series will recognize the standard opening of a Clive Cussler novel, but it quickly ...

Jack Reacher is in deep trouble in Lee Child's 'Blue Moon'

"Blue Moon: a Jack Reacher Novel," Delacorte Press, by Lee Child The narrative in "Blue Moon," the latest Jack Reacher novel by author Lee Child, has the feel of an old Western where...

Review: Bosch and Ballard combine forces in "The Night Fire"

"The Night Fire," Little, Brown and Co., by Michael Connelly In "The Night Fire" by Michael Connelly, John Jack Thompson, Harry Bosch's first mentor when he became a police officer, ...

Review: Grisham's 'The Guardians' is suspenseful thriller

"The Guardians: a Novel," published by Doubleday, by John Grisham In John Grisham's latest novel, "The Guardians," a former priest named Cullen Post works for an organization called ...

Review: 'The Shape of Night' invokes classic gothic suspense

"The Shape of Night" (Ballantine), by Tess Gerritsen In "The Shape of Night" by Tess Gerritsen, a writer named Ava Collette attempts to escape a tragic event in Boston by fleeing to ...

Lisa Unger's 'The Stranger Inside' is psychological thriller

"The Stranger Inside," Park Row, by Lisa Unger A woman is forced to confront her past in Lisa Unger's latest psychological thriller, "The Stranger Inside." When Rai...

Author takes deep dive into creation of TV show "Friends"

"Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era," (Dutton), by Saul Austerlitz In 1994, NBC was trying to find a show that could pull in ratings similar...

Review: Linwood Barclay's 'Elevator Pitch' is vivid story

"Elevator Pitch: a Novel" (William Morrow), by Linwood Barclay It first seems like an accident when a Manhattan office tower elevator smashes to the basement below, killing four peop...

Review: Clive Cussler fans will savor 'The Titanic Secret'

"The Titanic Secret" (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul The investigation of an explosion in a mine propels Isaac Bell into a conspiracy with ties to the doomed ocean liner ...

Review: 'The Fifth Column' by Andrew Gross is stellar novel

"The Fifth Column" (Minotaur), by Andrew Gross New York in 1939 is a scary place, with sympathizers of the Nazi movement openly protesting on the streets and an isolationist America ...

'City of Windows' is compelling and baffling thriller

"City of Windows" (Minotaur), by Robert Pobi Near Grand Central Station while the city of New York is battling blizzard conditions, a car is waiting at a red light when a sniper's bu...