Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.
Kryk, John. Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015. 360p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781442248250. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781442248267. SPORTS Using archival materials, Kryk (Natural Enemies) chronicles the lives of two pioneering coaches: the University of Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost (1871–1946) and the University of Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862–1965). While […]
Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. F Bartsch’s first novel opens at a 1960 spelling bee at a Washington, DC hotel, where we meet Vera Baxter and Stanley Owens, brilliantly fierce competitors in the national championship. In a rare occurrence, they tie for the win, a […]
Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 944p. ISBN 9780385353779. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353786. F This epic, well-written, and highly entertaining first novel is set in New York City from around Christmas 1976 to the blackout of July 1977. Years earlier, wealthy widower William Hamilton-Sweeney had become engaged to a woman whose wheeler-dealer […]
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman brings down an American icon, and some people aren’t taking that very well, though apparently I’m not alone in believing that Atticus Finch needed another good, hard look. (Here’s my full review.) Others have grumbled that the writing is not altogether prize-worthy, but what were they expecting? Kickback against […]