The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Del Rey)

For Star Wars fans looking for a way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, this book will seem heaven sent. Rinzler follows up his magnificent The Making of Star Wars (2007) with this in-depth account of the production of the second act in George Lucas’ original three-act epic. The author distills information … Continue reading The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Del Rey)

The Terrorist Next Door, Sheldon Siegel (Poisoned Pen Press)

Siegel steps aside from his Mike Daley series of San Francisco–set legal thrillers to tell a story about a Chicago homicide cop, David Gold, who becomes the reluctant leader in a race to uncover the identity of a terrorist bomber who’s targeting well-known Chicago landmarks. Moments before he’s to receive a Medal of Valor (for … Continue reading The Terrorist Next Door, Sheldon Siegel (Poisoned Pen Press)

Perfect Alibi, Sheldon Siegel (MacAdam/Cage)

Siegel, an attorney-author who deserves to be much more well known than he is, has produced another tightly plotted, fluidly written legal thriller. San Francisco defense attorney Mike Daley and his ex-wife and partner, Rosie Fernandez, are shocked to learn that their daughter’s boyfriend has been arrested for murdering his father, a judge on the … Continue reading Perfect Alibi, Sheldon Siegel (MacAdam/Cage)

Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)

Stolberg, a filmmaker and screenwriter, takes a bit of a risk in this gripping novel. Dr. Kim Patterson, a psychiatric resident at an Alaska hospital, meets a patient who appears to suffer from multiple personalities; but when the patient, a young girl named Scarlett, seems to know intimate details about another woman who has been … Continue reading Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)

Red Rain, R.L. Stine (Touchstone)

Stine, the wildly popular author of the Goosebumps series for children, proves he’s also capable of scaring the willies out of adults. This is a dark, atmospheric, spine-chilling story of a husband and wife who adopt a pair of homeless twin brothers—their family was apparently killed in a fearsome hurricane—and find their lives turned upside … Continue reading Red Rain, R.L. Stine (Touchstone)

Pandemic, Scott Sigler (Crown)

Sigler’s gritty Infected trilogy wraps up as the author takes humanity to the brink of extinction. The extraterrestrial invaders, who came to Earth in the form of a virus that takes over the human body, seemed to have been vanquished or at least seriously roadblocked in the last book (Contagious, 2009). But the aliens’ last-ditch … Continue reading Pandemic, Scott Sigler (Crown)

Nocturnal, Scott Sigler (Crown)

From the author of several excellent horror novels, including Contagious (2009) and Ancestor(2010), comes another page-turner. Bryan Clauser, a San Francisco police detective investigating a series of strange killings, is shocked when his own tormented dreams seem to presage the murders. And when he discovers that the victims all appear to be connected to a deeply troubled boy, … Continue reading Nocturnal, Scott Sigler (Crown)