by Perry Lentz — The riveting narrative of a Confederate provocateur in 1863 Manhattan who changes the course and outcome of the War Between the States. A tale of personal disintegration foretelling that of a nation, Perish From The Earth creates a luminous flicker-show of Manhattan street battles and the lives of mobs — the product of political chicanery, public corruption, immigrant misery, the gangs of New York peopled with vivid historical characterizations. John Patrick Callahan’s first-hand account of the Great New-York Rebellion of 1863 is flanked by commentary from a prominent military historian, ca. 1880, as this volume is published to a fractured nation seeking to fight itself back together in 1880. A fine layered fiction and a great read, this sweeping novel will become one of your all-time favorites.
by August Franza — A sobering while amusing look at inter-generational and class conflict. Peopled with rich characters, this vivid story rings in the mind of an inveterate outsider — one who finds himself drawn into drama he never sought, with his life changed in the telling.
by Robert Hamburger — This vivid novel depicts a group of young Americans in mid-1970′s Iran, in the waning days of the Shah’s reign — a decisive turning point for Iran and for the U.S. in the Middle East. Shiraz reveals cracks and shadows in that time that have since deepened and widened, providing a vivid back story to present disasters.
by P.F. Kluge — Who would want to kill a college? As a series of grisly murders unfolds at a small liberal arts school, that question slowly climbs the stairs. “Like some of my favorite movies,” wrote director Martin Scorcese, “Final Exam uses a classic genre and twists it into something new and compelling and memorable.”