Cops Lie! by Leonard Love Matlick

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says: “It hardly seems a coincidence that a book so heavily engaged with the topic of police brutality should be published at a time like this, especially in the wake of bestsellers like Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give receiving well-deserved attention this year.”

Verklempt: Stories by Peter Sichrovsky

verklemptRating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “The author succeeds at painting realistic and raw human emotion, giving insight into the lives of characters who are fully formed, every word on the page in each story holding an immense amount of weight.”

After Midnight by A. Martin

midnightRating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Highlights include “Polly,” a tale about the son of Satan that just wants to make it as a writer without dear old dad’s interference; and “Mindful,” where a principal and student bond over their telekinesis, though we find the younger generation is more lighthearted about her skills.”

 

Phase by James West

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says: “We get to know the three main characters—Alison, Joan, and George—pretty well, but at times it almost feels like the author could have expanded the story and taken the reader on even more twists and turns.”