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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. will prove her case against Durst “beyond a shadow of a doubt.” The book’s title is based on words whispered by Durst …

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 during a recent interview at the Landmark Tavern in Hell’s Kitchen, where he’s eating a …

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 Chu, a Chinese immigrant and economics professor who discovers that her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, isn’t …

New Edna O’Brien story anthology spans 5 decades

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Put on a pot of tea and curl up with The Love Object, the new collection of Edna O’Brien stories. If you’re lucky, it’ll be cold, damp and misty outside. Many of the 31 stories published between 1968 …

Willie Nelson memoir is a gift to fans

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In 2012 the city of Austin erected an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Willie Nelson in the heart of the business district. Schoolchildren, churchgoers, tourists, slackers, conventioneers, tech geeks – everybody, it seems – now congregate around this ponytailed …

The crossroads of racism

Sunday, June 28, 2015

From the riots in Ferguson to the movie about Selma, race has been at the forefront of the national conversation recently. On the news and at our dinner tables, the country is discussing how far we still have …

Annie unearths dark roots in ‘Let Me Die in His Footsteps’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Set against alternating backdrops of flourishing Kentucky lavender fields and a struggling tobacco farm, Lori Roy’s Let Me Die in His Footsteps traces the story of Annie Holleran, how she came to be, and how her entire town …

Swenson shares her life as a caregiver

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Harriet Swenson of Durham recently published Around the House. In its many brief chapters, she chronicles dealing with her husband’s illness and being his caregiver. David Swenson, a geologist from the Swenson Granite family, was diagnosed with chronic …

‘The Enemy Inside’ is compelling legal thriller

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Steve Martini’s latest book to feature attorney Paul Madriani begins with a seemingly easy case, but quickly turns deadly. Alex Ives needs Madriani’s help when he’s accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Washington, D.C., attorney. …

A pioneer on the organic food trail

Saturday, June 20, 2015

When it opened in 1979, so many presidential administrations ago, Restaurant Nora was unlike any other eatery in Washington. The gustatory landscape then was dominated by dark, masculine establishments with meat, more meat and puddles of Old World …

‘Empire of Deception’ con man rivals Madoff, Ponzi

Saturday, June 20, 2015

You’ve heard of Charles Ponzi, the swindler who gave big returns to early investors using money from subsequent clients. And you’ve heard of Bernie Madoff, imprisoned for one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Chances are you’ve …

An engaging study of a man

Saturday, June 20, 2015

By 2016, Democrats will have held the White House for 16 of the previous 24 years, enacted national health reform and spent more than $800 billion on a Keynesian plan to stimulate the economy. Some critics have charged …

Forget the ‘wife bonus’ -– how much of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ do we believe?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Did the “wife bonus” raise your suspicions? That was the killer revelation in Primates of Park Avenue that helped drive pre-publication buzz for Wednesday Martin’s new memoir of life among the one-percenters. But the idea that Manhattan financiers …