Review: Seven Sisters by Katherine Kovacic

In Patricia Highsmith's "Strangers on a Train," two strangers agree to exchange murders; each will kill the person the other wants dead, and ensure they — the obvious suspect — has an airtight alibi. With no possible connection between killer and victim, both get exactly what they want. It's the perfect crime, and such a simple, genius concept for … Continue reading Review: Seven Sisters by Katherine Kovacic

Review: Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami

What I wanted from Haruki Murakami’s “Novelist as a Vocation” was something like Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” But this is a much lighter, more affable affair — yet edifying nonetheless; its lessons on the craft of writing more nuanced, prismed through Murakami’s own experiences and peculiarities rather than providing practical … Continue reading Review: Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami

Review: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

When I heard “Demon Copperhead” was inspired by “David Copperfield,” I thought — no thanks, not for me; until we meet again, Barbara Kingsolver.  I struggled through that particular Dickens novel in my late teens — probably more me than it, to be fair; this was a time when Patterson and Clancy were my bread … Continue reading Review: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Review: Taken by Dinuka McKenzie

The disappearance of an infant drives Dinuka McKenzie’s outstanding sophomore novel “Taken,” which sees the return of Detective Sergeant Kate Miles, back from maternity leave and the tumultuous events of “The Torrent.” McKenzie strikes me as an unrepentant classicist when it comes to crime fiction, and here, once again, she keeps the traditional police procedural … Continue reading Review: Taken by Dinuka McKenzie