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On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1W ago

Come spy with me

The Russia of Joseph Kanon’s Defectors (Atria, digital galley via NetGalley) is the Soviet Union circa 1961, gray and grim as the Cold War. Even the Party faithful have to wait in long lines...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2W ago

Gone reading

I’m on summer vacation, and it’s lovely, with family weddings, old friends, South Carolina peaches, and books, books, books. Oh, The Essex Serpent (HarperCollins, digital galley). I first wa...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1M ago

First wave

The summer books are beginning to roll in, offering diversion for the long, hot months ahead. If you were a fan of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, you’re no doubt longing to dive into ...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1M ago

Didn’t see that coming

“On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-fifth year, Rachel shot her husband dead.” That’s the humdinger first line of the prologue to Since We Fell (Ecco, digital galley), Dennis Lehane’s new th...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1M ago

Exit, pursued by a killer

The crime’s the thing — and so’s the cover-up — in M.L. Rio’s audaciously entertaining If We Were Villains (Flatiron Books, digital galley). Imagine Donna Tartt’s The Secret History set at a...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2M ago

South toward home

From the deck of his big new house on Brushy Mountain Road, JJ Ferguson can look down at the rooftops of the North Carolina community where he grew up as a foster child. The view is even bet...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2M ago

Page-turners

I really should stop reading creepy crime novels at bedtime if I ever want to get some sleep. Consider police detective Casey Duncan at the beginning of Kelley Armstrong’s decidedly chilly A...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 3M ago

Novel novels

I can’t remember the last time I thought of H.P. Lovecraft or read one of his weird horror tales. But then Samantha Bee recently invoked Cthulhu on her TV show, displaying his tentacled visa...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 4M ago

Head ’em up, move ’em out

I’m rereading Larry McMurtry’s epic Western Lonesome Dove. I’ve been wanting to for some time, and then I decided to review Paulette Jiles’ News of the World for my book club Friday, so I re...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 4M ago

Reality check

It’s about time. Really. In addition to having a wonderfully apt title, Elan Mastai’s first novel All Our Wrong Todays (Dutton Penguin, digital galley) is a wonderfully entertaining and time...