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Left Bank

The EU could be seen not the way Poirier sees it, as Paris-created bulwark, but as sociologist Wolfgang Streeck envisioned it – a deregulation machine exposing its citizens to capitalism gone wild.


A Gathering of Secrets

Undoubtedly, fans of Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series are immersed in a massive reread before A Gathering of Secrets (10th in the series) is released.


The Girl From Blind River

The author’s authoritative, powerful prose and knack for dialogue—especially when dealing with emotions and violence—are more indicative of a seasoned veteran rather than a debut author. This is great news because it means there is much more to come from Massey, and if The Girl from Blind River is any indication, it will be great.


Convenience Store Woman

It’s a sign of excellent literature to be able to effortlessly hold up multiple interpretations at once. Murata’s book is no exception: It’s all of these things while also rendering an artful grotesque of modern personal branding.


Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is not a typical Nora Roberts novel from several years ago, and I am perfectly okay with that.


The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

The book is much more character driven than is my usual preference but there are small subplots that add an air of mystery to the tale and keep the story moving along. The biggest (back to Cecibel again) is the story behind Cecibel's injuries.


All These Beautiful Strangers

The story of a long-game revenge played out between generations.


A Gathering of Secrets

Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish.


Summerland

Rajaniemi builds his world meticulously, assembling a post-living world that feels as fully realized as the one on the other side of the living/dead divide.


Outcasts of Order

Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt’s universe, if only for a few hours or days.


City of Lies

A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters.


Smoketown

Smoketown is a good read. Through its chronicling of historical events and the African Americans who experienced them, the book offers an intelligent look at the neglected topic of black life in an industrial city during its golden age.


Ruthless Tide

Parts of Ruthless Tide read like a thriller and will have you turning the pages with a pounding heart. Other sections will send you into a rage against the ultra-rich.


Patient Care

Whether describing the obstinacy of patients, the brave faces worn by worried relatives, the technical aspects of repairing injured bodies, or the elation of helping potential catastrophes end well, Paul Seward fills his attractively written narrative with authoritative detail, strong emotion, and a precise sense of place.


The Red Hand of Fury

Morris’ third is taut and twisty with a psychological intensity that’s rare and compelling.


On Truth
Kirkus Reviews : On Truth (July 02, 2018)

A slim volume that offers as much clarity on the topic as one could expect from the often opaque world of philosophy.