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Private L.A. -- Free Preview -- The First 14 Chapters
Bookreporter : Private L.A. (February 14, 2014)

Private L.A. is one of the more cinematic of Patterson’s books --- fittingly so, given at least part of its subject matter --- and, as a result, the story is an easy and compelling one-sit read.


The Innocent Sleep

Since Karen Perry is the pseudonym of Irish authors Karen Gillece and Paul Perry, it’s no surprise that the different viewpoints are so arresting, and effective, in this novel about what is, without a doubt, every parent’s worst nightmare.


Dead Water

Dead Water continues this fine series with an intriguing mystery, well -rounded characters and the author’s signature setting.


My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

He is committed to a redefinition of his nation, “a new Jewish Israeli narrative”. If that does come to pass, Ari Shavit will be recognised as having written its inaugural text.


Little Failure: A Memoir

In the end there are no cheap jokes, only a very talented writer risking far more than he has prepared you to expect, which is, alas, its own kind of Failurchka.


Thirty Girls

“Thirty Girls” approaches the atrocities wrought by Kony’s army with candor yet without sensationalism, a combination that may not initially attract readers. But to ignore Minot’s book would be a serious mistake.


A Burnable Book

One can’t help thinking there would have been more vitality in a novel exploring that creation than in all the faux tension of regicide riddles Holsinger has offered us.


Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
The New York Times : Ad Infinitum (February 14, 2014)

It raises provocative questions that will make you ponder the essence of reality, but readers expecting the discussion to be as coherent and intellectually fulfilling as it is in the scientific sections will be disappointed.


After I'm Gone

Ms. Lippman is able to sustain a remarkable degree of detail about all these characters and still keep them sharply distinct and interesting.


Mad as Hell
The New York Times : Anchorman (February 13, 2014)

In the opening line of “Mad as Hell,” Dave Itzkoff writes that Chayefsky “was at his best when he was angry.” Seems he was often at his best. And film lovers are better off for it.


Thirty Girls

Thirty Girls strives to do justice to one of the most harrowing incidents in recent history, the so-called Lost Boys, Uganda’s 30,000 child soldiers, abducted by rebels and forced to torture and kill.


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

One More Thing is the flawed work of a talented writer, not the readable work of a talented actor.


The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

“The Snowden Files” won’t be the last book on this subject nor probably the best, with Gellman and Greenwald titles already in the works.


Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir

Fascinating, clear-eyed but chilly meditation on the elements that add up to a life.


Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

Her poignant memoir is filled with tribulations, moving moments and, ultimately, the triumph of her undaunted spirit.


The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Davis’s reads more like a collection of essays organized around a series of engaging biographical miniatures and closely linked themes.


The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

This is a highly original story, well told, that should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.


The Sixth Extinction

Taking readers on a whirlwind tour across continents and eons, Kolbert’s destination is the front line of biological upheaval.


The Bear: A Novel

The Bear reminded me that listening to a kindergartner for sustained periods of time can be, to put it in the least curmudgeonly way possible, a numbing experience


The Ghost Runner: A Makana Investigation

In THE GHOST RUNNER Bilal writes memorable descriptions of the city and its street life alongside the contrasting life of the oasis town and the desert itself but if I have placed too much emphasis on this book as a glorified travelogue, I apologise.