Fiction

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Katie Kampenfelt is smart, but not educated. She’s sassy, erratic, impulsive, and yet totally honest with the readers of her blog. She types away at her computer telling us the story of her life.

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“We hear of crimes so horrific they provoke anger and disbelief in equal proportions . . . These are the ugly manifestations of a society that is becoming unworthy of that name.”

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It is no secret that I’ve been a huge supporter of Hard Case Crime and their truly marvelous line of new and classic noir crime thrillers.

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Chang-Rae Lee’s novel, The Surrendered, is an ambitious work that explores, through the intersecting lives of three main characters, the effects of war and intense traumatic experiences.

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The Sweden of travelogues and ski vacation brochures is nowhere evident in the somber world of Chief Inspector Erik Winter, the protagonist of Åke Edwardson’s fifth crime novel to be published in E

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A manic desire. A refusal to let things go. An unwavering belief in one’s importance. Meet Philippa Gregory’s The Red Queen.

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What if Franklin Delano Roosevelt, instead of winning a third term as president, had been defeated by the Republican candidate Charles Lindbergh, the celebrated aviator and “America First” isolatio

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It’s a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time—or is it?

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“A well composed book is a magic carpet on which we are
wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.” —Caroline Gordon

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Inheritance: n.
1. The act of inheriting.
2. The biological process of genetic transference of characteristics from parents to offspring.

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Sometimes in life it takes the realization of the enormity of the problems of the less fortunate in the world to awaken individuals to issues that haunt them much closer to home.

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The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a steampunk fairytale set in an alternative twentieth century.

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Imagine the lives that would be saved, the life-altering wounds prevented, if there existed a device that could find and detonate Improvised Explosive Devices well ahead of a military patrol or con

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Full disclosure demands that I start by revealing that I am also a translator of Scandinavian languages. That’s what led me to pick up this book.

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One of the most accurate and inaccurate criticisms leveled at the romance genre is that they are all the same.

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 Erika Meyer sure found an unusual focal point for her novel Strangers in America.

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The joy of pulps is how some are so hard to categorize, case in point this terrific novel set in an alternate 1950s.

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Shortly before his death, the comedian and social critic, George Carlin, decried the “pussification of the American male.” Carlin was complaining about the rise of materialistic, metro-sexual men i

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 Rockin’ the Bronx is a tragic tale of home-from-home and heartbreak.

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973By the end of the sixties Arthur Clarke and Isaac Asimov were constantly asked who, between them, was the best.

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the inciting incident
Scene: Arc d’ Triumph. Jude Law meets Gabriel

Garcia Marquez, calls him Gabo.

Marquez slaps the boy and calls him puta,

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If reading a suspense thriller by David Baldacci is like driving in a new Porsche, reading a private investigator thriller by S. J.

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Noir, by acclaimed author Robert Coover, is a brilliant parody of noir and hardboiled fiction and film. Noir is funny yet respectful, showing knowledge of the genre it parodies.

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Eloquent Books, June 2009

A Picture Book That Encourages Children to Believe In Themselves

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