“The Galton Case,” by Ross Macdonald: A dirty, dirty job for Lew Archer

An extremely rich woman wants Lew Archer to find her long-lost son, in hopes she can make amends before she dies.It sounds like the coldest of cold cases, but things heat up soon enough. Macdonald's hard-boiled tale is one of those in which each mystery solved reveals another mystery behind it. Lies, murder, despair abound. …

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“One True Sentence,” by Craig McDonald: Murder and sex in the City of Lights

Looking for a riveting stew of murder, sex, history and literature? "One True Sentence," by Craig McDonald, offers that and a lot more. The novel, part of a series featuring writer Hector Lassiter, is set in Paris during the 1920s. Lassiter, who writes stories for crime magazine Black Mask while pondering more literary ambitions, is …

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“The Ironsmith,” by Nicholas Guild: An outstanding historical novel

This new novel from Nicholas Guild is a damned good read -- at once a deeply intriguing historical novel and a keep-the-pages-turning tale of intrigue and suspense. The novel is set in the area of Galilee, Capernaum and Jerusalem in the days just before the New Testament documents came to be. The protagonist is Noah, …

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Review: “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd

I really wanted to like this book. My fiction reading has slowed to a snail's pace, and I thought this book might get me back into it in a big way. I am a fan of Mary Shelley's excellent "Frankenstein," a fabulous blend of Gothic horror, science fiction and weighty themes. I thought a new …

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Jerry Coyne, evolution and the beasts that would devour our heroes … …

I just finished reading "Why Evolution is True," by University of Chicago Professor Jerry A. Coyne — and I highly recommend it. This outstanding book was written as an answer to those who say "there is no evidence for evolution," and as such you'll find it mentioned anywhere the science education culture wars are fought. …

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