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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 …

Just Published: ‘What Makes Me Special!” and “Legendary Locals of Concord”

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What Makes Me Special! Elizabeth McKinney of Manchester wrote What Makes Me Special! based on a school assignment her daughter Lillian completed. Lillian flaps her arms up and down when she is excited. Profits from the book will …

Review: ‘The Fall’ is tantalizing legal thriller

Sunday, June 14, 2015

John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a case involving Greg Treadway, a middle school teacher who …

‘A Good Killing’ is ripped from the headlines

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Good Killing, Allison Leotta’s new legal thriller, has sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis heading home to defend her sister, who has been arrested in the death of a high school coach. Anna’s sister, Jody, was last seen with …

A sad, truthful homecoming

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In the opening scene of Anne Enright’s new novel, the eldest son announces he’s going into the priesthood, and his Irish mother lets out a series of anguished cries and flees to her bedroom. “This was not the …

Cancer can level a playing field

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tom Brokaw readily acknowledges that he’s lived a pretty charmed life. He drops boldface names with force, in part because his is one of them. He is accomplished at making the passing reference to the chartered jets he …

How 250,000 refugees were rescued in Turkey

Sunday, June 14, 2015

It reads like a story drawn from contemporary headlines: U.S. Navy warships deployed to the Middle East; ISIS-like beheadings and other atrocities targeted at Christians; fears in Washington about denial of access to the region’s vital oil supplies. …

Suspensful tale, despite knowing the ending

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I just finished a book from the Concord Library, Dead Wake, by Eric Larson. Larson is a really great writer. I’ve read two of his other books, Devil in the White City, where the villain turns out to …

New Hampshire photographer wins regional book prize

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bob McGrath of Rye won the Bronze Medal Award for best nonfiction book in the U.S. Northeast region by the Independent Publisher Awards at the BookExpo American convention in New York City. McGrath’s book, Seacoast – The Seasons …

Not for the easily offended

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mislaid, indeed. The title of Nell Zink’s new novel is just the first wry, indecorous joke in this zany-brainy story about a teenage lesbian who sleeps with a gay man. Zink writes with such faux innocence that her …

A Viking hoard of facts

Sunday, June 7, 2015

When we think about Europe in the centuries between late antiquity and the Renaissance, our viewpoint often tends to be heliotropic; that is, we direct our attention to the continent’s sunny parts, to the civilizations centered on Rome, …