It’s always exciting to read a positive review of a debut novel whose author you’ve never heard of before, especially when the books sounds as unique as this. There aren’t too many literary murder mysteries set in rural 19th century Iceland. Donoghue describes writing unlike what I’ve come to expect from most literary debuts too: “Kent handles her starkly austere story with uncanny precision and an utter lack of sentiment.” Burial Rights, despite the dumb title, sounds crisp and intriguing–definitely worth a look.
I’m not really a legal thriller kind of guy, nor am I the type of reader to hop into a series anywhere but from the beginning, but I am a sucker or modern stories based on classics, and so Turow’s latest Kindle County book sounds pretty interesting, in a so-bad-it’s-fun sort of way. Based on the Greek mythological twins Castor and Pollux, this courtroom thriller sounds like schlocky entertainment:
It starts with an italicized flashback to a lawn party on Labor Day weekend in 1982, and the passage is as dense as a standardized reading-comprehension test. Turow introduces us to many of the main characters, most of whom bear the names of Greek gods or variations on them. The patriarch hosting the party is Zeus Kronon; his daughter is Dita, short for Aphrodite. Among the guests are her boyfriend, Cass Gianis; his identical twin, Paul; and their mother, Lidia. The day ends in Dita’s murder.
Chances are good it’s just bad though; Liptak certainly seems to be leaning that way. Still, thriller fans looking to kill a weekend afternoon might want to take a gander.
Many of my favorite authors are Irish, and Barry’s writing sounds plucky enough to be right up my alley. I want to read his novel, City of Bohane, but this collection of short stories might be a nice way to dip my toe in the water.
Quickly: Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook looks like it might be the best how-to book for writers I’ve ever come across. The general consensus on Donna Tartt’s newest seems to be you should just give it a pass and reread The Secret History instead. My Red Sox are headed back to the fall classic; here’s one more collection of World Series books.