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This photo provided by William Morrow Publishers shows the cover of the book, "One Mile Under," by author Andrew Gross. (AP Photo/William Morrow Publishers)

Andrew Gross delivers with ‘One Mile Under’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Detective Ty Hauck returns from a hiatus to tackle a personal case in Andrew Gross’ latest mystery, One Mile Under. Dani Whalen knows the Roaring Fork River like the back of her hand, and she enjoys taking tourists on whitewater rafting excursions on the more exciting sections. One morning, her group comes across another boat and the body of someone she knows. From all appearances, Trey Watkins had an accident, hit his head and drowned. She knows Watkins knew the river better than she does, so she’s skeptical of the official report since he wasn’t wearing his usual helmet. When a local hot air balloonist …

Narrative of ‘Adult Onset’ feels intensely personal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon. A famous author of YA novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is …

Memoir recounts days in mental asylum

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barbara Taylor was a promising young historian when madness struck. She wound up at Friern Mental Hospital, an institution outside London. Friern was once the largest asylum for the mentally ill in Europe, and it looked the part: “a B-movie image of a loony bin,” Taylor writes in The Last Asylum, her engrossing …

Cotton Malone is on the case in Berry’s ‘Patriot Threat’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cotton Malone tackles a case that could cause an uprising over taxes in Steve Berry’s new thriller, The Patriot Threat. A deposed North Korean leader believes he can regain his honor and return to power by bringing down …

Former banker focuses on financial crisis in new book

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A banker by trade, Forrest Russell Cook never intended to be an author. Now retired and living in Dublin, Cook ultimately decided to dabble in writing after reading a number of books and articles on the financial crisis …

After decades of silence, White House domestic staff share stories in new book

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Many of the men and women who have worked in the White House residence – serving presidents and their families in their private quarters – are breaking with a long-held tradition of silence: They are dishing about life …

Not your typical femme fatale

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The first-person narrator of The Bullet, Mary Louise Kelly’s thriller about long-buried family secrets and the limits of self-knowledge, could not be further removed from either the pistol-toting pulp-fiction dames who gave rise to the femme fatale, or …

A close-up look at the one-child policy

Saturday, April 11, 2015

When Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2012, the judges must have known about Frog, the socially conscious novel he published in China in 2009. While his other recent books, such as Life and Death …

Former poet laureate Charles Simic to stop by Gibson’s Bookstore

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Whether he is revealing the influence of literature on his childhood development, pondering the relationship between food and comfort or elegizing the pull to return to a homeland that no longer exists, Charles Simic shares his distinctive take …

A dazzling, funny series of memories

Saturday, April 4, 2015

‘Events! If you want those, you’d best stop reading now.” So proclaims Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island, a rather dazzling array of sentences and paragraphs and snippets of memory and thought that aren’t quite sure where they are. The …

Mesmerizing and masterful murders

Saturday, April 4, 2015

David Morrell’s Inspector of the Dead, a sequel to Murder as a Fine Art, tells the riveting story of a man determined to exact revenge for injustices done to him and his family. The people he intends to …

Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dennis Lehane’s thrilling trilogy about organized crime in the early 20th century is more than a look at gangsters and their ways. Without glorifying the illegal, Lehane’s World Gone By examines how crime works on one’s soul and …

We all die someday

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tom Perls, an amiable, boyish-looking professor at Boston University, has earned a respectable place in the hierarchy of academic medicine. But measured by media attention, Perls is a contender for the top echelons. He’s given hundreds of interviews …