Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 27–May 1 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Redeployment, by Phil Klay and read by Craig Klein
Klein’s mesmerizing reading of this National Book Award winner engages listeners in the lives of those who served in wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of the 12 stories is told first person from the point of view of men who filled various roles, from a Foreign Service officer and a chaplain to a Mortuary Affairs Marine, along with regular soldiers and officers, during and after their service.
Daughters of the Samurai, by Janice P. Nimura
In the years after Japan was forcibly opened to the world for trade, a group of five girls, ages 6 to 14, was chosen to travel to America, attend school, and return in 10 years to share their enlightened attitudes about Western ways with their country’s future leaders.
The Precipice, by Paul Doiron
Many of our favorite nonconformist crime-series heroes leave their jobs in righteous indignation but eventually return to the fold. It was so for Michael Connelly’s police detective Harry Bosch and for C. J. Box’s game warden Joe Pickett, and so it is for Doiron’s Mike Bowditch, also a game warden, whose last adventure, The Bone Orchard (2014), found the inveterate rule-breaker out on his own, working as a fishing guide but still landing up to his waders in a murder investigation.
The Sussex Downs Murder, by John Bude
Working with the British Library, Poisoned Pen Press is reissuing a slew of mysteries in very stylish paperback period format, written by some forgotten (but popular in their time) writers of the Golden Age of British crime fiction. John Bude, whose real name was Ernest Elmore, was one of the founders of the Crime Writers’ Association and produced 30 detective stories.
The Cartel, by Don Winslow
It’s been 10 years since the publication of Winslow’s The Power of the Dog, which featured DEA agent Art Keller leading the charge against the Mexican cartels in the never-ending War on Drugs. After having put his onetime friend and eventual cartel king, Adán Barrera, in prison and killing his two brothers, Keller left the agency and took up tending bees in a monastery.