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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 …

‘Spinster’ is thought-provoking look at singlehood

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Even its opening lines are provocative: “Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice . . …

Could you unplug for a year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, Love and Miss Communication. Readers must consider one thought-provoking question: Could you remain offline for a year? Evie Rosen’s future is …

‘The Forgotten Room’ unleashes its secret

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In The Forgotten Room, professor Jeremy Logan tackles another baffling case – that might be his last. Lincoln Child, of the writing duo Preston & Child, has written several outstanding thrillers featuring Logan, who specializes in analyzing and solving possible supernatural mysteries. This time, Logan is sent to …

‘Pedro’ is an easy read with lots of insight

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It was September 2001, and the Boston Red Sox were in the final month of a miserable season. Ace pitcher Pedro Martinez had been shut down for the rest of the year with a rotator cuff injury, and …

Second book released in continuation, not triology

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clocking in at almost 500 pages, Early Warning, the middle volume of Jane Smiley’s three-volume saga of the Langdon family, is a good reminder of our culture’s conflicted tastes. In an era of tweets, texts and flash fiction, …

Young Readers:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

‘Tommy Can’t Stop’ With his big round eyes, toothy grin and fizzy energy, little Tommy is a character easily recognizable to both parent and child. He leaps, kicks and stomps – quite literally bringing down the house. “ …

The invention of handguns in medieval London

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You will be forgiven if, upon completing Bruce Holsinger’s novel The Invention of Fire, you decide that the author spent his early years in late-14th-century London, later to be magically transported to our own time. Holsinger is a …

Stephen King wins Edgar for best mystery novel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stephen King isn’t only a master of horror. He’s also a man of mystery. King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners at the 69th annual Edgar Awards on April 29, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King’s crime story Mr. Mercedes received the best novel prize …

Stories from the attic: Two new books draw on experiences of past generations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grandparents’ experiences are the inspiration behind two books with local connections that were released Tuesday. When Emilie Christie Burack of Hopkinton discovered a box of cassettes her grandfather made documenting his life and his family, the find led …

‘Pleasantville’ has gripping, believable plot

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The compelling Pleasantville continues Attica Locke’s insightful look at African-American life in Houston, where politics, race and classism converge in myriad ways. Locke sets her third novel in Pleasantville, a Houston neighborhood that was built after World War …