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Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt

If you reach the end of the book with the tiniest feeling that maybe things were sometimes darker and more difficult than O’Dair paints them, it seems a fair enough trade for this meticulous and vivid account.


Lila

It is a very fine book about a woman trying to find her place in the world, whether belonging to a community, being a wife and mother and embracing religion is what she wants or what she needs and her internal struggle to find the solution is not easy.


War Dogs

War Dogs is simply too spare for its own good; it should be vociferous in its climax, not whispering.


The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Good luck, though, if you’ve got a copy of Keith Donohue’s new novel, The Boy Who Drew Monsters, sitting there, its matte black cover staring over from the nightstand. You’re not going to sleep easy for a good long while.


The Peripheral

The Peripheral is a poignant, alarming and exciting vision.


On the Edge
Kirkus Reviews : On The Edge (November 25, 2014)

Ideal for readers who prefer a high romance-to-thrills ratio.


The Perfect Mother: A Novel

A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit.


Betrayed
Kirkus Reviews : Betrayed (November 25, 2014)

But exemplary first and second acts are enough to make this the most successful melding to date of Rosato & DiNunzio’s cases and Scottoline’s family-centered stand-alones (Keep Quiet, 2014, etc.).


Cities of Empire
Kirkus Reviews : Cities of Empire (November 25, 2014)

A well-documented, evenhanded work that will delight urban scholars and lay travelers.


Symbiont
Kirkus Reviews : Symbiont (November 25, 2014)

For those who’ve been pining for a human/tapeworm romance.


An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell

As well as a poet, Deborah Levy is a playwright, novelist, short story writer and essayist, and her multi-layered talents shine through An Amorous Discourse with sharp characterisation and witty dialogue.


In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories

This collection was first published in 1968, but it’s timeless. It suggests the milieux of Edward Hopper paintings, ones in which the paint itself writhes under your gaze.


Home

While it is certainly a fine book, I consider this to be the least satisfactory of Robinson’s four novels but still very much worth reading.


The Leipzig Affair

Fiona Rintoul is to be congratulated on her debut novel which held me enthralled for two or three days and plunged me into the world of the old German Democratic Republic and reminds me of how crippling to the human spirit a life under Communism must have been.


A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

A wonderful writer, witty and economical, he generally applies a light touch to emotionally heavy material.


The Burning Room

“The Burning Room” is the best Bosch book in years, not only because of its sharp dialogue and fast-paced detective wizardry, but also because it neither dawdles nor lets Harry get moody.


Broken Homes

While I was not too happy with the pace of this book (middle of a series doldrums), this book is a must read for those who love police procedural, London, and magic.


Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers

This brave and important book describes the corruption of an entire country: “Between them all, they have turned Mexico into a graveyard.”


Watch Me: A Memoir

Watch Me is full of glitz and glamour. But beneath the sequins and the kelly-green silk jersey beats a real and honest heart.