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Paper Lantern

A very fine book from a gifted practitioner of the short story form.

Cradle to Grave

This is a cool story that makes a great summer mystery read. I highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

One Hundred Names

Although the premise of One Hundred Names is interesting, the lack of depth of many of the characters and a rather cliché and predictable finale keep the story from achieving its potential.

Scalia: A Court of One

Though not without critical evaluation, Scalia provides a rich and needed body of information.

The Girl with All the Gifts

It distinguishes itself by being excellent horror, mixing the right amount of gore with its psychological chills.

Cradle to Grave

An improbable opening gambit and the gathering revelations of even more improbable extramarital relations that abundantly justify Rees’ verdict—“These incestuous small towns!”—make this the weakest of his three period adventures to date.

Coldsleep Lullaby

Brown has cleverly and ironically woven a second narrative of the cruel past into the present. The mystery takes a back seat in this beautifully crafted scenario of hatred, intolerance and courage.

The Red Room

Filled with bromides about tradecraft—“We don’t know who we’re working for. We don’t know who we’re working against”; “[t]he easy answer is never the right one”; “too many unknowns”—that are all too appropriate to this Rubik’s cube of a thriller.

Dead Heading

All the dry wit of Aird’s very British police procedurals (Past Tense, 2011, etc.) is joined this time by an especially tricky mystery.

The Body in the Woods

A quick, thrilling read that doesn’t skimp on characterization.

Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality

More bromance than a rigorous account of what actually occurred. Turn to Becker’s book instead.

Nantucket Sisters

Money corrupts, but love prevails, making it easy to overlook the flaws in this friendship.

The Last Magazine: A Novel

A ribald comedy about doing time in the trenches and the bitter choices that integrity demands.

Your Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Eggers turns this novel’s contrivances into an asset, though overall it feels more like a series of philosophy-symposium prompts than a full-fledged story.

The Long Mars

Panoramic and fascinating, if sometimes vexingly discursive.

Kirkus Reviews : Rogues (June 17, 2014)

Rambunctious, rowdy and occasionally R-rated: a worthy entertainment, without a dud in the bunch, that easily moves from swords and sorcery to hard-boiled Chandler-esque.

The Glass Closet

Valuable encouragement to closeted workers who can afford to heed the author’s advice.

Terminal City

From the violated landmark to the return of all the regulars to the acrobatic chase finale to the casual logic behind both crime and detection, the results are so formulaic you’d swear this installment consisted entirely of outtakes from Coop’s first 15 cases.

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Luce once contracted to write her autobiography, which she planned to call The Dream of My Life. Morris perceptively reveals the nightmare in this evenhanded and intimate portrait.

The Unwitting

Feldman manages to breathe immediacy into decades that her readers may feel are already familiar.