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Review: A hunting trip turns deadly when a blizzard strikes

Jun. 27, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

“Outside” by Ragnar Jonasson (Minotaur) It’s reunion week in Iceland for Daniel, Armann, Gunnlaugur, and Helena, who were tight in college and like to get together every year or so to drink heavily and catch up. They all have issues. Daniel has been lying about...

Review: 'Elsewhere’ ponders the meaning of motherhood

Jun. 27, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

“Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin (Celadon Books) Sometimes it’s fun to read something that doesn’t fit in any particular category. “Elsewhere,” the new novel from Alexis Schaitkin (“Saint X,” 2020), is best described as a dark fairy tale, with elements of the...

Review: Lee Goldberg scores again with vivid 'Movieland'

Jun. 21, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

“Movieland,” by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer) Eve Ronin, a young Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy, is passionate about finding justice for crime victims, but her inexperience, ambition and willingness to defy authority have gotten her in a world of trouble. ...

Review: 'The House on the Lake' is a wild, improbable ride

Jun. 21, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

“The House Across the Lake” by Riley Sager (Dutton) Casey Fletcher and her husband Len bought a cottage on a remote lake in Vermont as a getaway from their hectic life in New York City. But after he drowned there, Casey chose to anesthetize her pain with alcohol. ...

George Lamming, a giant of modern Caribbean writing, dies

Jun. 19, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Lamming, a giant of post-colonial literature whose novels, essays and speeches influenced readers and peers in his native Barbados and around the world, has died at age 94. His death this month was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said,...

Review: Hardboiled detective novel meets modern-day issues

Jun. 16, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

“And There He Kept Her” by Joshua Moehling (Poison Pen Press) Jesse, 17, is breaking into a house in Sandy Lake, Minnesota. Jenny, his girlfriend, shows up to stop him. But what neither of them anticipated was for the owner, Emmett, to catch them. Joshua...

James Patterson sorry for saying white writers face racism

Jun. 15, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson is apologizing for saying that white male writers are being subjected to “just another of form of racism,” comments the best-selling author had made during an interview with The Sunday Times in London. Facing widespread criticism on social media,...

Lincoln birthplace to observe Juneteenth with presentations

Jun. 14, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is observing Juneteenth with two free presentations. Ranger Layton Carr will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in pushing for emancipation and how that led to the...

Life for 'How to Murder Your Husband' author in spouse death

Jun. 13, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A self-published romance novelist who once wrote an online essay called “How to Murder Your Husband” was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murdering her husband at his workplace in Portland four years ago. Nancy Crampton...

Review: A prison experiment gone wrong in ‘Spiderhead’

Jun. 13, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

George Saunders’ short story “Escape from Spiderhead” is not, you might say, an obviously cinematic piece. It’s the kind of subtly unsettling work — stark, moody and dialogue heavy — that could easily be a play or a haunting experimental film. So it’s an especially bold leap to use it...