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The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Atria). It’s not exactly psychological suspense, though there’s psychology involved, of course; in fact, most of the suspense consists of: what … more
  The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam). Big contemporary…hm-m, murder mystery, for one thing; but then, theater novel, gay drama—and still more, by this column … more
The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond (Atlantic Monthly Press). First-rate espionage novel—but then some; then quite a lot, in fact. The intrepid FBI operative, a displaced New Yorker in … more
Together We Will Go by J. Michael Straczynski (Scout Press). Another smart, nervy novel by a person who also writes for television and film and comics…would be one way to introduce this … more
Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings by Earl Swift (Custom House). Wonderfully enjoyable, exhilarating read (and lots of photos). Everybody old … more
All suspense fiction this week. Something about the season? Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza (Putnam). Outstanding first crime novel, set in a suburb, but a pretty distant one, where a mix of New … more
THE UGLY CRY: A MEMOIR by Danielle Henderson (Viking). An excellent title for a book full of rage and sorrow and tenderness and, overlying it all, pride and satisfaction, and not so much high hopes … more
GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown). I almost began by calling Elin Hilderbrand “a column favorite”—she has been a favorite writer of ours almost all along (her career is not quite … more
DOWNEAST: FIVE MAINE GIRLS AND THE UNSEEN STORY OF RURAL AMERICA by Gigi Georges (Harper). A book by a social scientist of insight, not only theories, and some gifts: for making character and … more
THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE by L. R. Dorn (Morrow). A thriller of sorts, and satisfying on that level, but also an ingenious and brilliantly executed, very contemporary re-telling in quite different form … more
THE LADY'S HANDBOOK FOR HER MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS: A MEMOIR by Sarah Ramey (Anchor). Just now out in paperback, somehow overlooked by the column when it was published to great acclaim a year or so ago … more
THE FREE WORLD: ART AND THOUGHT IN THE COLD WAR by Louis Menand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Well…that “war” isn't really the point, here—there's even a touch of irony in the use of the term; … more
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