Troubled Blood

Troubled Blood

J.K. Rowling has released another mystery, Troubled Blood (Little Brown, $29.00), under her pen name, Robert Galbraith, starring two memorable characters, Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. If you have not read any of the previous books, Strike is a private detective...
Twenty-two Minutes of Unconditional Love

Twenty-two Minutes of Unconditional Love

Daphne Merkin has written a darling short novel Twenty-two Minutes of Unconditional Love (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $26.00). If you think the twenty-two minutes she is referring to is about sex, you have a dirty mind. Congratulations, you are right. Judith Stone is...
More Better Deals

More Better Deals

Joe Lansdale in More Better Deals (Little Brown, $27.00) has written a take-off on James Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice. Beautiful woman married to a disgusting wife beater, meets a younger good-looking guy, Ed Edwards, falls in love. They plan to murder the...
The White Russian

The White Russian

Evie has just graduated from college in New York in 1937. Despite her many questions, no one in her family ever will talk about her mysterious grandmother who was apparently married to or the mistress of a Russian general who fled the Soviet Union after the White Army...
The Holdout

The Holdout

Graham Moore The Holdout (Random House, $28.00) has written a 21st century Twelve Angry Men. Instead of Henry Fonda, Moore has created an obnoxious young woman named Maya, a recent college graduate. Living with her boyfriend and unemployed, she shows for jury duty...