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Friday, March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on Bookreporter.com beginning Friday, March 20th:

Also mentioned in the Bookreporter.com Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

ADMISSION by Jean Hanff Korelitz
AMERICAN RUST by Philipp Meyer
DREAM HOUSE by Valerie Laken
EAST HOPE by Katharine Davis
AROUND THE NEXT CORNER by Elizabeth Wrenn

Reviews and Excerpts
THE LAST DICKENS by Matthew Pearl (Historical Mystery)
Critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history’s greatest mysteries in his most enthralling novel yet --- a story centered around the lost ending to Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel and the perilous quest to uncover his final mystery. THE LAST DICKENS is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, unerring period details, and meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers THE DANTE CLUB and THE POE SHADOW.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE LAST DICKENS.

HEART AND SOUL by Maeve Binchy (Fiction)
Bestselling author Maeve Binchy is the undisputed modern-day mother of Irish fiction. In her latest novel, HEART AND SOUL, she once again taps into the very soul of the Irish people, portraying in her characters their often irreverent wit, tough stoic exteriors and soft sensitivities. Reviewed by Roberta O’Hara.
- Click here to read an excerpt from HEART AND SOUL.

THE BELIEVERS by Zoë Heller (Fiction)
In unflinching, squirm-inducing, often painfully funny prose, Zoë Heller examines what happens when the center falls out of a dynamic and intellectual, but dysfunctional, family. THE BELIEVERS explores big ideas with a light touch, delivering a tragic, comic family story as unsparing as it is filled with compassion. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE BELIEVERS.

DON’T LOOK TWICE by Andrew Gross (Thriller)
Detective Ty Hauck plunges into what seems like a vicious case of retribution and follows the trail to a sinister gambling scheme at an upstate casino. Until Annie Fletcher, a young restaurateur in the midst of rebuilding her life, witnesses something she shouldn't have --- and immediately runs to him with what she knows. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

DEATH OF A WITCH: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
DEATH OF A WITCH is the 24th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth, the sometimes cantankerous, always amusing village policeman from the Scottish Highlands. Hamish has recently returned home from a holiday abroad to find that a strange woman calling herself Catriona Beldame has seemingly cast a spell on the men in the village. When Catriona and three villagers are murdered in quick succession, Hamish must work fast to solve the crime before a cloud of suspicion falls on the entire village. Reviewed by Usha Reynolds.

FOOL by Christopher Moore (Fiction)
Murder. Treason. Footnotes. Cumbersome olde style grammar. Profanity. The more than odd shag. This is certainly NOT your great-great grandfather's King Lear but rather a retelling by a comic mastermind. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION by Keith Donohue
(Fiction)
Before the Wright brothers’ first flight, conventional wisdom held that space travel was impossible. In 1901, H.G. Wells asked readers of THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON only to believe. Keith Donohue, author of THE STOLEN CHILD, asks the same of his readers, not in space flight but in angels --- both good and destructive. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.

THE RED CONVERTIBLE: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008 by Louise Erdrich (Fiction/Short Stories)
This unique volume brings together for the first time three decades of short stories by one of America's most prolific and highly respected fiction writers. Louise Erdrich has selected these pieces --- 30 works that first appeared in magazines as well as six unpublished stories --- from among a much larger oeuvre. She has ordered them chronologically but also by theme and voice. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

HUNTING EICHMANN: Howa Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb (History)
Few fictional spy thrillers can match for sheer drama the true story of the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann, the top-level planner and executor of the Nazis’ notorious “final solution to the Jewish problem.” Eichmann, who had eluded capture for 15 years, was tracked down in Argentina by a band of determined Israeli pursuers who had planned their nighttime kidnapping operation down to the last detail. Neal Bascomb’s fascinating book lets the reader follow the action in minute detail. Reviewed by Robert Finn.

SHE ALWAYS KNEW HOW: Mae West, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler (Biography)
In this new biography of larger-than-life leading lady Mae West, esteemed biographer Charlotte Chandler draws on a series of interviews she conducted with the star just months before her death in 1980 to paint a candid portrait of the woman who invited generations to “come up and see her sometime.” Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

THE LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport (Biography)
In 1918, from late April until mid July, former Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his German-born wife, the former Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children await their fate while imprisoned at the Ipatiev House in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg. Reports of their brutal murders, after months of confinement, shock and sadden the world. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

LEAVING INDIA: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents by Minal Hajratwala (Memoir/History)
In LEAVING INDIA, journalist Minal Hajratwala mixes history, memoir and reportage to explore the questions facing not only her own Indian family but that of every immigrant: Where did we come from? Why did we leave? What did we give up and gain in the process? Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.


Women’s Ficton Author Spotlight
PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas
It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country. Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. After a chance encounter between the two women, the harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.
- Click here to read Sandra Dallas’s bio.
- Click here to read more about PRAYERS FOR SALE.


Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
PLEA OF INSANITY by Jilliane Hoffman
The prosecutor --- Julia Vacanti. Young, ambitious, and facing a case that could launch her career. The defendant --- David Marquette. A successful Miami surgeon and devoted family man. The victims --- Marquette’s own wife and three small children. The plea --- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The perfect father and model husband, David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His experienced defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.
- Click here to read Jillliane Hoffman’s bio.
- Click here to read more about PLEA OF INSANITY.

LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops --- the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Everything inside her tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.
- Click here to read fast facts about Lisa Scottoline

LORDS OF CORRUPTION by Kyle Mills
When an obscure charity recruits Josh Hagarty to manage their activities in a war-torn region of Africa, he is eager to sign on and atone for a past he regrets. After a lifetime of bad luck, someone is finally giving him a chance. All he has to do is not blow it.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from LORDS OF CORRUPTION.


Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
MALICE by Lisa Jackson
Opening his eyes in the hospital room post accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears... but it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago.
- Click here to read an excerpt from MALICE.


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