Dan Browns neuer Roman “Inferno” ist erschienen, Besprechungen dazu gibt es unter anderem von Jake Kerridge im Telegraph, von Steven Poole im Guardian oder in der New York Times von Janet Maslin, in der Los Angeles Times von Carolyn Kellogg.
Incest, alcoholism, robbery, gunfire, murder, sensational court trials — these are among the building blocks of the dysfunctional-family memoir, and in “She Left Me the Gun” Emma Brockes puts a check mark next to each.
Claire Messud’s latest novel, “The Woman Upstairs,” is an incongruous mashup of a very self-consciously literary novel and one of those psychological horror films like “Single White Female” in which someone, ominously, is not who she appears to be.
Reading the title of Claire Messud’s latest novel, anyone of a literary turn of mind will immediately think of the madwoman in the attic, the 19th century’s best-known “woman upstairs.”
Marilyn Stasio reviews several new crime novels like Anne Perry’s “Midnight at Marble Arch,” David Morrell’s “Murder as a Fine Art,” R. B. Chesterton’s “The Darkling” and David Mapstone’s “The Night Detectives.”
“After the first death, there is no other,” Dylan Thomas wrote. How obvious, one might think. But the one-time-only nature of death is anything but self-evident in Kate Atkinson’s new novel, “Life After Life.”
As he enters his ninth decade, Carré is in the midst of a hardy late-career bloom, thanks in no small part to the critical and popular success of the 2011 film “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” based on his 1974 cold-war espionage classic of the same name.
Marilyn Stasio on some of the most interesting new-releases in Crime Writing, like Charlotte Link’s “The Other Child,” Peter Lovesey’s new novel “The Tooth Tattoo,” Philip Kerr’s “A Man Without Breath” and D. A. Mishani “The Mising File.”
In 2003, the world discovered what a night nurse named Charles Cullen had been doing during the preceding 16 years. He had killed a judge, a priest and an unknown but large number of other people. He may have been the most prolific serial killer in history.
Marilyn Stasio reviews Donna Leons newest novel “The Golden Egg,” Lisa Ballantyne’s jolting first novel “The Guilty One,” Jo Bannister’s “Deadly Virtues” and C. J. Box’s new wilderness adventure “Breaking Point.”
In the midst of a love affair, Ursula Todd discovers that she is an excellent liar. The same can be said admiringly of Atkinson. “Life After Life” is a big book that defies logic, chronology and even history in ways that underscore its author’s fully untethered imagination.
Marilyn Stasio reviews for the New York Times Stephan Talty’s first thriller, “Black Irish”, Becky Masterman’s debut novel “Rage Against the Dying”, Lachlan Smith’s “Bear is Broken”, and “Donnybrook” by Frank Bill.
Kate Atkinson writes critically admired family sagas that are not really family sagas; crime novels that are not really crime novels; and now, in “Life After Life” a science-fiction novel, in the loosest possible sense, that is nothing of the sort.
Some novels are almost impossible to review, either because they’re deeply ambiguous or because they contain big surprises the reviewer doesn’t wish to give away. In the case of “The Accursed,” both strictures apply.
This is the seventh outing for Alex Berenson’s central character, John Wells, and the mileage is starting to show. Although “The Night Ranger” is skillfully engineered, its action hero feels distinctly weary.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories about the incomparable detective Sherlock Holmes have never been out of print since their first publication in 1887. Holmes collections abound, as do movies, TV series, video games, hats, pipes.
Marilyn Stasio reviews four of the most recent thriller publications: Thomas Perry’s “The Boyfriend,” Alexander Soderberg’s “The Andalucian Friend,” Cara Black’s “Murder Below Montparnasse” and Andrew Pyper’s “The Demonologist”.
North American readers care inordinately that fictional characters be likable. This preference is strange, given that few real people are thoroughly nice and that those few aren’t interesting.
Devotees of Holmes are a famously obsessive bunch, and in the 126 years since Arthur Conan Doyle introduced his coolheaded detective they have certainly had plenty of real-world intrigues to ponder alongside fictional ones.