...I am sure it will be seen on beaches both at home and abroad this summer. But I imagine that it will be left on them afterwards.
Several ancillary characters that didn’t make it into the film pop up in this book...Yet there are a few nice moments toward the end that exemplify the evolution of one of the best parent/child relationships conceived and depicted on television. Here’s hoping the second book has more Keith Mars.
“Carthage” is among her finest. Both irresistible page-turner and heady intellectual experience, it’s a good choice if you’re curious about Oates but can’t decide where to start in her intimidating and uneven canon.
Lisa Gardner writes great psychological thrillers, and Fear Nothing is yet another excellent example. Highly recommended.
Caleb is spun around like a top through heartbreaking discoveries and narrow escapes, but any excess in the material is tempered by the calm restraint of Scott’s language. Scott is both compassionate moralist and master storyteller in this outstanding debut.
Connelly has a gift for fast-paced drama, and isn’t afraid to paint a warts-and-all portrait of his main character. When it comes to passing judgment on Haller’s style of lawyering, Connelly will let the reader decide.
So in the aftermath of one family’s destruction, Emily creates a new if unconventional “family” of people she loves. Phillips’ prose is as haunting as the questions she raises about the natures of sin, evil and grace.
...“Identical,” is stuffed with so many themes and reversals that readers may end up feeling the way you do after a long family meal with too much talk and food: disoriented, logy and a little nostalgic.
Guinn's portrait is an absorbing true crime saga and a searching exploration of the anomie, broken homes, and crazed hopes that led lost souls to mistake Manson for the answer to their prayers.
In The Highway the reader is taken for a terrifying ride with killers and can only hope rescuers arrive before the journey ends in a bloody torture chamber.
A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction.
The problem...is that we “tend not to take notice of such long-developing trends...The first and perhaps largest barrier to halting police militarization has probably been awareness.” After reading Balko, you’ll be aware, alright—and scared.
Unraveling this madcap tale requires Yancy to travel to Andros Island in the Caribbean, where the widowed Eve Stripling and a shady boyfriend are planning to develop a luxury resort on an unspoiled beach.
This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life.
...a shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.
...those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can.
...is an intricate, multilayered story that pits Davenport against one of the most callous villains he has ever encountered.
...the execution of the plot is uneven, bordering on convoluted at various points. The characters, though interesting, are not fully developed to the point that a reader becomes fully invested in them nor cares about their fates.
The Anatomy of Violence is a sobering reminder that for all our cultural pretensions, we are also at the mercy of our biological systems.
Johansen expertly ratchets up the suspense as the action builds to a riveting conclusion.