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Zero Hour

A C-minus effort.

Just One Kiss

Mallery delivers another engaging romance in magical Fool’s Gold.

The Son

In The Son, no one emerges an innocent; not the Anglos, nor the Mexicans, nor the Native Americans. Each group, in its own time, fought viciously to get or keep the land.

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

As a former CIA officer explains, “Every drone strike is an execution. And if we are going to hand down death sentences, there ought to be some public accountability and some public discussion about the whole thing.” Except for books like this, there is neither.

King of Cuba: A Novel

King of Cuba is about wish fulfillment, that long-imagined moment for many exiles when they have a chance to confront the man they blame for ruining their country and so many lives.

The Woman Upstairs

The interplay between reality and imagination in this textual hall of mirrors makes for a deft study of character underpinned by a gripping narrative.

Murder as a Fine Art

“Murder as a Fine Art” may or may not be fine art, but it’s an inspired blend of innovation, history and gore. Murder is rarely this much fun.

Inferno: A Novel

Read “Inferno” to learn a bunch of “Divine Comedy” trivia, sure, or to watch a smart man make wild deductions based on Renaissance symbology.

The End of San Francisco

At heart, Sycamore is writing about the need to escape control through flight or obliteration.

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

There is an assured, charismatic new maturity to Hosseini's voice. When he hits his stride, the results are electrifying.

Is This Tomorrow: A Novel

The most magical aspect of Leavitt's wonderful novel is that her narrative works as almost a parable for that complicated and uncertain era, teaching and warning her readers even as she entertains them.

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

He has maintained full control of his prodigious literary talents and kept the flame of his anger alive. He handles "A Delicate Truth" with a remarkably assured touch.

The Woman Upstairs

Instead of taking us further into her mind, Nora's obsessive, bland ponderings begin to bore, and while this novel is structured like a page-turner, the reader tires of being told something is happening when nothing happens. A certain paralysis informs the book.

Flora: A Novel

Gail Godwin’s 14th novel, “Flora,” offers a veritable taxonomy of orphans: from the conventional, both-parents-died variety to the quasi-orphan (one parent still nominally in the picture) to the elective orphan (a runaway) to the reverse-orphan (a parent unmoored by the loss of a child).

You Are One of Them

“You Are One of Them” is a hugely absorbing first novel from a writer with a fluid, vivid style and a rare knack for balancing the pleasure of entertainment with the deeper gratification of insight. More, please.

My Bright Abyss

It is a testament to the human ability to respond to grace, even at times of great suffering, and to resolve to live and love more fully even as death draws near.

The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power

It reminds us that, whether we are talking about Thomas Nast or Stephen Colbert, Mark Twain’s observation will always hold: “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

The Shining Girls: A Novel

The Irish writer Tana French, no slouch at transfixing and scaring readers, may have spoken for us all when she said of this expert hair-raiser: “It creeped the holy bejasus out of me.”

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

"And the Mountains Echoed" is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends; the commitment of a doctor and nurse to war's victims.