Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts in category Fiction Reviews

Frederick Busch, The Night Inspector (Ballatine Books, 20...

Frederick Busch, The Night Inspector (Ballatine Books, 2000)

Frederick Busch’s The Night Inspector is a very good book. It is set in New York City just after the Civil War. Like the 2002 film Gangs of New York, this novel centers on the Five Points and the surrounding area. It paints a similarly ugly picture of the city—filthy, smelly, violent, and churning. The […]

Eileen Spinelli, Silly Tilly (Scholastic, 20...

Eileen Spinelli, Silly Tilly (Scholastic, 2009)

Is this book cute—yes!  It is amusing and David Slonin’s illustrations are excellent. It features Tilly, a silly goose, who does all sorts of goofy (and sometimes annoying and even destructive) things to elicit laughs from others. Eventually, the other animals tire of Tilly and shun her until she quits acting obnoxiously. She complies, but […]

Colin Dodds, What Smiled At ...

Colin Dodds, What Smiled At Him

Colin Dodds has produced another fine novel. It comes on the heels of his 2011 novel, Another Broken Wizard. What Smiled At Him (2012) could well be called Men Without Women Or Direction. It features Marv and Lynn, a pair of late 20-somethings males who living but without much purpose.  Marv is a salesman, Lynn […]

Colin Dodds, Another Broken Wiz...

Colin Dodds, Another Broken Wizard

Can you ever go home? And should you? Worcester, Massachusetts is a long way from Manhattan—economically, socially, and spiritually. Jim Monaghan, a young business man, grew up there and has mostly escaped it.  Until he returns to Worcester. Jim falls back into his alcohol-fueled, youthful, crazy days with his old pal, Joe Rousseau, a wild […]

M. L. Longworth, Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Myst...

M. L. Longworth, Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery

There are times when a person just needs a mental escape from the daily rhythm—this summer read gave me just that.  It was a lot of fun. Death at Chateau Bremont (New York: Penguin, 2011) offers charming French locales, vivid characters, and an intriguing who-done-it. The main characters, Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet, are both […]

“We’re All George Here, GeorgeR...

“We’re All George Here, George”

Back in the late 1990s, I worked at the New York Press newspaper.  It was a heady time—the paper’s circulation was soaring, the ad dollars were rolling in, and the paper got bigger and bigger, leaping from a thin tabloid to a thick tabloid wrapped in a broadsheet.  Indicative of the its power and a […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...