Fast Fiction: Selections curated by Mountain Times for October | book reviews

With somewhere between 600,000 and 1 million books published each year in the United States alone, choosing that next great read can be a challenge. To reduce clutter, your mountain weather reviewers offer a very pared-down and curated – fast-fiction – selection of books for October.

‘Wolf Point (Ashe Cayne Book 2)’ by Ian K. Smith.

‘Wolf Point (Ashe Cayne Book 2)’ by Ian K. Smith (Thomas & Mercer, October 5, 348 pages, $24.94)

‘When two feathers fell from the sky’ by Margaret Verble.

‘When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky’ by Margaret Verble (Mariner Books, October 12, 384 pages, $27)

Young Cherokee horse-driver Two Feathers is loaned to a zoo from a Wild West show and determined to do something with her life – trouble is, she’s trying to make it in the segregated society of the 1920s in Nashville. A tale that will linger long after the last page, “Two Feathers” is a fine addition to the offerings from Pulitzer Prize finalist Verble.

“The Judge’s List” by John Grisham.

‘The Judge’s List’ by John Grisham (Doubleday, October 19, 368 pages, $29.95)

It’s October and John Grisham is once again delivering a legal thriller. At this point, you don’t really need to know more to buy the book. But for those most interested, “The Judge’s List” takes Lacy Stoltz back three years – in literary time – after investigating a corrupt judge in 2016’s “The Whistler”. A solid addition to the continuing legacy of Grisham’s work.

‘Gated Prey’ by Lee Goldberg.

“Gated Prey” by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer, October 26, 268 pages, $24.95)

Third in Lee Goldberg’s Eve Ronin series, “Gated Prey” begins, moves, and ends with bullet speed in this continuation story that stands very well on its own. Goldberg has a knack for adding subtle nuances to characters in his series of stories, and here we find Eve and her partner Duncan Pavone more complex than ever. Goldberg discusses these complexities with mountain weather during an interview to be published in mountain weather after the book’s October 26 release date.

Alycia R. Lindley