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The Iris Fan

Laura Joh Rowland. Minotaur, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-04706-9

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Rowland's 18th and final mystery set in feudal Japan showcases the series' strengths and weaknesses. In 1709, four years after the events of 2013's The Shogun's Daughter, Sano Ichiro is grappling with the repercussions of yet another reversal of fortunes. Sano's refusal to abandon his pursuit of the truth behind the death of the aging shogun's daughter, Yoshihato, has cost him dearly. In particular, his choice to view Lord Ienobu, the ruler's nephew and heir, as responsible for Yoshihato's death has led to another demotion. Once having held the post of chamberlain, the shogun's first minister, he is reduced to a lowly patrol guard. When an attempt is made on the shogun's life, Sano gets a chance to redeem himself. The prominent place of the supernatural in the plot, more so than in other recent entries, will unsettle fans of traditional detecting. Still, Rowland offers the usual high-stakes suspense, convincing period detail, and nuanced characters you care about. Readers will be sorry to see the last of Sano. Agent: Pam Ahearn, Ahearn Agency. (Dec.)

Reviewed on 11/21/2014 | Details & Permalink

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The Third Target

Joel C. Rosenberg. Tyndale, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4143-3627-5

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Known for his globe-spanning thrillers (The Twelfth Imam), many dealing with the interplay between radical Islam and the West, Rosenberg has ripped a page from current headlines with a heart-stopping plot about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also commonly called ISIS). When New York Times reporter J.B. Collins is given unprecedented access to world leaders and terrorists, it puts him in a position to advise even the president of the United States about looming chemical weapons attacks and a "third target" besides Syria and Iraq. The plot is executed with well-paced precision, includes a mysterious Israeli love interest named Yael, and has more than enough to satisfy those who love over the top action, down to the last shocking word of the book. Rosenberg's writing skills are impeccable, yet some Christian readers may wonder whether the grisly violence he depicts and the xenophobia it stokes contradict the Christian gospel messages found in the book. (Jan.)

Reviewed on 11/21/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Saving Grace

Jane Green. St. Martin's, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-04733-5

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Green (Tempting Fate) woos readers with her latest offering, a memorable novel probing the flimsy façade of one woman's seemingly perfect life. Grace and Ted Chapman have an idyllic life: he is a well-known author, and she is his adoring wife. When their assistant, Ellen, leaves her job, Grace is desperate to find someone who can take Ellen's place and can adjust to Ted's ever-changing moods. Grace hires Beth, who proves to be an excellent employee, anticipating Ted's needs and assisting Grace as well. But there are oddities in Beth's behavior that Grace can't explain. And when Grace begins to see a psychiatrist who prescribes a host of potent medications, she hardly recognizes herself anymore, either emotionally or physically. As Grace's life threatens to completely spiral out of control, she must take stock of what is most important to her and discover how to find true happiness. Green has imbued her story with realistic, imperfect characters. The lure of the novel lies in Green's ability to create a consistenly evolving story that entices from the very first page. First printing: 125,000 copies. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME Entertainment. (Dec.)

Reviewed on 11/21/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War

James Lovegrove. Titan (www.titanbooks.com), $14.95 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-781165-43-0

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Lovegrove's second Holmes pastiche is more traditional than its steampunk predecessor, 2013's The Stuff of Nightmares, and is mostly successful at portraying Holmes and Watson in character. In 1913, the doctor visits his retired friend on the Sussex Downs, where the pair happen upon the corpse of Patrick Mallinson, the victim of a fall from a great height. While the man's father, Craig, a mining magnate, believes that Patrick took his own life, he asks Holmes to determine the truth to avoid damage to his business from rumors that something else had happened. Elizabeth Vandenbergh, Patrick's lover, reveals that he had some Egyptian hieroglyphs tattooed on his body, raising the possibility that his death was the work of a secret and sinister society. The chapter titles sometimes spoil what's to come, and Lovegrove does strike some false notes. For example, Holmes's use of a magnifying lens to look for evidence is cited by Watson as evidence of his declining vision, although Conan Doyle had a much younger Holmes use such an aid in A Study in Scarlet. Still, the mystery and its solution are creative ones. (June)

Reviewed on 11/21/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Whack Job: An Elliott Lisbon Mystery

Kendel Lynn. Henery (www.henerypress.com), $15.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-940976-12-9

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At the start of Agatha-finalist Lynn's sprightly second Elliott Lisbon Mystery (after 2013's Board Stiff), Elli, a PI-in-training who's also the director of the Ballantyne Foundation on South Carolina's Sea Pine Island, witnesses a crime. A man walks into the restaurant where Elli is having lunch and shoots local insurance agent Gilbert Goodsen, an occasional donor to the foundation, then flees. Elli rushes over to the wounded Gilbert, and tries to staunch the blood flowing from his arm. Elli soon gets caught up in an investigation that also involves a swindle and the theft of a Faberge egg. Meanwhile, Elli must oversee the foundation's annual fundraiser, a Wonderland Tea Party, in which she encounters more stumbling blocks than Alice herself as she wandered through Wonderland. The stormy relationship between Gilbert and his wife, who are trying to work out a divorce settlement, complicates the case. Cozy fans will find plenty to like. (May)

Reviewed on 11/21/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

Mark Schultz, with David Thomas. Dutton, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0525-9550-30

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In this disturbing, heartfelt memoir, the life of champion wrestler Schultz plays out against the backdrop of his brother's murder in 1996 at the hands of John du Pont, heir to the du Pont family. An Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion, Schultz drives himself relentlessly toward success, following the example of his older brother, Dave, who is also a gold medalist and world champion. As the brothers struggle after college, they are drawn to Foxcatcher Farms in Pennsylvania by du Pont's promises of financial support and state-of-the-art training facilities. Once there, they find themselves making excuses for the eccentric behavior of the multi-millionaire who writes their paychecks. While the murder casts shadows throughout the book, Schultz's focus remains very much on his dogged rise to wrestling fame. Schultz is honest about his obsessive, insecure nature and the profound sacrifices necessary to be great in a brutal sport. The book is timed to publish with Sony's release of the movie Foxcatcher, which is based on the event, not on Schultz's memoir. Schultz writes about his constant interactions with Dave—their shared apartments, his brother's marriage and children—yet his brother's life largely takes place offstage. That said, the relationship between Schultz and his more easy-going, older brother is vividly portrayed as one of sibling rivalry and real love. (Nov.)

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