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'This Side of Night' is suspenseful, thought-provoking

Jul. 15, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

"This Side of Night" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by J. Todd Scott In Texas' Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott's previous two novels, may finally have run into more than he and his smattering of small-town peace officers can handle. War between Mexican cartels has broken out again...

Review: Super sleuth Harry Hole at his sharpest in 'Knife'

Jul. 8, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

"Knife," by Jo Nesbø (Alfred A. Knopf) Full disclosure: I am not a Harry Hole junkie. I saw the movie version of "The Snowman," the seventh in the now dozen novels featuring Michael Fassbender as Nesbø's Norwegian detective, but "Knife" is my first written exposure to what many consider the king of...

Review: 'Evergreen' is a textured, emotionally charged tale

Jul. 1, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

"Evergreen," by Howard Owen (Permanent Press) When Willie Black was 15 months old, his father, Artie Lee, was killed in an apparent automobile accident. That's all Willie — police reporter for a Richmond, Virgina, newspaper — knows about his dad. He's never been curious about the man. That changes...

Review: Old friends return in Doiron's 'Almost Midnight'

Jul. 1, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

"Almost Midnight," by Paul Doiron (Minotaur) In nine previous crime novels, Paul Doiron's protagonist, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, has made more than his share of friends and enemies. Now, in "Almost Midnight," two friends featured in earlier books return, and both are in desperate need of help. One of them...

Review: Barron's 'Black Mountain' stars his ex-mob enforcer

Jun. 25, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

"Black Mountain," by Laird Barron (Putnam) Like a lyricist, Laird Barron excels at manipulating the tones and cadence of language. Like a Gothic novelist, the mood he creates is often bleak. "You don't teach a child to become a killer by rote lectures," he writes. "To create a predatory machine, you foster an...

Review: A vile conspiracy is taken down in novel 'Big Sky'

Jun. 24, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

"Big Sky," by Kate Atkinson (Little Brown) Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie, who last appeared nine years ago in "Started Early, Took My Dog," makes his long-anticipated return in Kate Atkinson's new novel, "Big Sky." Although the book is billed as the fifth installment in the Brodie series, the...

Mariska Hargitay: Haven't been in touch with Linda Fairstein

Jun. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay says she hasn't been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein since the former "Central Park Five" prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded. In an interview...

The Latest: DR prosecutor vows no impunity in Ortiz shooting

Jun. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The latest on the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic (all times local): 5:0 p.m. The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says that no one involved in the shooting of former Red Sox star will remain in impunity, not...

Publisher drops Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Jun. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher as fallout continues for the former Central Park Five prosecutor over the wrongful conviction of five teens for the 1989 rape and beating of a female jogger. On Friday, Dutton spokeswoman Amanda Walker confirmed a statement that the...

Central Park 5 prosecutor resigns from nonprofit boards

Jun. 4, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified following the release of the Netflix series "When They See Us," a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial. On Tuesday, the president of Vassar...