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Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis seeks out revenge, money and the heart of a Cuban immigrant. Lawton is a technical writer at Terex in Newton, Mass., and is working on his second book, Operation Salazar. The PeaceSeeker A. T. Eddo released The PeaceSeeker: Inspiring a New Generation, published by Tate Publishing, last week. The world is a chaotic place filled with hate when John Lewis begins his quest to find peace in …

Secrets sizzle in Depression-era summer

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was celebrated by readers around the world. The heartwarming story centered on members of a clandestine book club living on the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II. But the novel’s back story had its own drama in the United States. Mary Ann Shaffer, …

Sherman Alexie explores new realm with picture book

Saturday, July 4, 2015

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie – already a poet, novelist and short story writer – moves into a new realm with his first picture book set to be released in May 2016. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Yuyi Morales, Thunder Boy Jr., published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is about …

Science fiction and fantasy roundup

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tale with a twist Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is an enchanting twist on a tale from Polish folklore: A century-old wizard called the Dragon comes to a village to choose a young woman who will stay with him for …

Review: Fina Ludlow returns in Ingrid Thoft’s ‘Brutality’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The challenge of belonging to a high-profile and dysfunctional family, yet establishing your own identity, continues to be the theme of Ingrid Thoft’s exciting series about Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow. The only non-lawyer of the high-powered Ludlows, …

Linked destinies

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Surely everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears – an ordeal imposed upon thousands of Cherokees, who, after fighting and winning a judgment in the Supreme Court against their removal from the Eastern Seaboard, …

Reliving migration that helped settle America’s West

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The “lunatic notion” to attempt a 21st-century journey in a mule-drawn covered wagon along the historic Oregon Trail may have been embedded in Rinker Buck’s DNA. After all, it was a longer, more arduous reprise of his “dream …

In ‘Keepers,’ film critic revisits a lifetime at the movies

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A theater up the street asks its employees to include the title of a favorite movie on their nametags. The choices of these teenagers and twenty-somethings can be anything from Fast and Furious 5 or The Hunger Games …

‘Piranha’ is great summer reading

Saturday, July 4, 2015

‘ P iranha, the latest in the Oregon Files series of novels by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, and proves to be the best yet. Juan Cabrillo and his team are experts in covert missions, and their ship, …

Book suggestions to keep you reading all summer long

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suggestions from Katharine Nevins of MainStreet BookEnds in Warner will keep you reading great books all summer long. The Truth According to Us By Annie Barrows – $28 From the co-author of the perfect book The Guernsey Literary …

Former Durst prosecutor writing about book about murder case

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The former district attorney from New York who tried to convict millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is writing a book. Jeanine Pirro’s He Killed Them All will be published Nov. 3, Gallery Books announced Tuesday. According to Gallery, a Simon & Schuster imprint, the former Westchester County D.A. …

Don Winslow returns to drug wars in thriller ‘The Cartel’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Don Winslow is obsessed, and he knows it. “People refer to this as the ‘Mexican drug problem’ and it’s not the Mexican drug problem. It’s the American drug problem. It’s the European drug problem,” the crime novelist said …

In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If summer is a time when we allow ourselves to simply enjoy our entertainments, there’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Kevin Kwan’s lively Crazy Rich Asians. The story of Rachel …