Marilyn Stasio reviews „Alex“ by the fashionable French author Pierre Lemaitre, „The Double“ by George Pelecano, „Japantown“ by Barry Lancet and „The Land of Dreams“ by Vidar Sundstol.
Rannie doesn’t commit crimes; she’s far too conscientious to do anything unkind, (she’s even nice to her ex-husband and has weekly dinners with her former mother-in-law). No, Rannie solves crimes, to the bemusement of everyone who knows her — including herself.
This time Marilyn Stasio reviews „W is for Wasted“ by Sue Grafton (still settled the materialistic 1980s), „Then We Take Berlin“ by John Lawton, „Seven for a Secret“ by Lyndsay Faye and „Black Skies“ by Arnaldur Indridason.
„Doctor Sleep“ is Stephen King’s latest novel, and it’s a very good specimen of the quintessential King blend. King’s inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: “Doctor Sleep” has all the virtues of his best work.
Marilyn Stasio has now been on the case for 25 years. In Sept 1988 Stasio took over the Crime column from her predecessor, Newgate Callendar. She’s been grading detective work ever since.
“Doctor Sleep” has its own vivid frightscape, one that’s not too derivative of “The Shining.” And it’s scary enough to match the first book, though not better or scarier. King has in recent years created much more fully imagined characters than he did in his 100-proof horror days.
The horror of the Sept. 11 attacks and the fallout from them, of course, embody virtually all the central themes of Mr. Pynchon’s work: his apocalyptic sense of a nightmarish modern world where we are left to deal with the “slow escalation of our helplessness and terror”.
Lee Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, “Never Go Back,” may be the best desert island reading in the series.
Guinn follows Charles Manson from his childhood through his teenage years and then concentrates on the vicious Svengali he became. While no one would say Manson’s boyhood was anywhere close to ideal, Guinn shows he was never truly abandoned.
No one can accuse Marisha Pessl of unfamiliarity with the tools of the modern thriller. With pages of faked-up old photos, invented Web sites and satellite maps, her second novel, asserts itself as a multimedia presentation more than an old-fashioned book.
There is a haunting suspicion running all through „Night Film“: that this book was more exciting to write than to read, and that Ms. Pessl reveled too contentedly in the universe she created.
Justin St. Germain’s spectacular memoir, “Son of a Gun,” calls to mind two others of the past decade: J. R. Moehringer’s “Tender Bar” and Nick Flynn’s “Another Bull____ Night in Suck City.” All three are about boys becoming men in a broken world.
„Little Charlie Manson was a disagreeable child,“ Jeff Guinn writes in „Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson,“ an otherwise brawny, deep-digging biography that’s much more riveting than might be expected.
The author of this book is from Colombia, but he is nothing like Gabriel García Márquez. Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s brilliant new novel favors the cold, bitter poetry of Bogotá and the hushed intensity of young married love.
Consumed by Colombia in the 1980s – There are many sounds you don’t want to hear in the cockpit of an airplane. High on the list is an alarm followed by an electronic voice uttering the words “terrain, terrain” and “pull up.”
The detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith — who was unmasked a few days ago as a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame — doesn’t provide the reader with many clues to its author’s real identity.
Marilyn Stasio reviews some of the most interesting new crim novels including Ivy Pochoda’s „Visitation Street“, James Lee Burke’s „Light of the World“, Bill James’s „Play Dead“ and James Lee Burke’s latest novel „The Devil’s Cave“.
This fascinating new novel is largely set in Mozambique during the early years of the 20th century. But the story starts in Sweden. A young girl, Hanna Renstrom, is sent away from her isolated rural home because her family, confronting a famine, can not feed all its members.
Robert Kolker’s “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery” is, physically, a well-made book. Its cover image is crisp and haunting. Someone has paid close attention to this volume’s many maps. They are stylish and, a rarity, actually helpful.
Mr. Huston’s premise, in „Skinner“, is that this was a very effective way to create a ruthless, unstoppable hit man who has a backlog of psychic pain but a limited understanding of human emotions.
Riding Waves of Thrills, Chills and Carats — Janet Maslin advises beach reads from Stephen King, Kevin Kwan, Carl Hiaasen, J. Courtney Sullivan, Rebecca Lee, Wilton Barnhardt, Joe Hill and more.