| May 17, 2009
Glen David Gold
Alfred A. Knopf: 576 pp., $26.95
Glen David Gold's massive new novel begins with a trick, a coup, the literary equivalent of sleight of hand. For a writer whose first book, "Carter Beats the Devil" (2001), concerned...
| Dec 7, 2009
"She was a horrible human being," recalls Otto Penzler, one of her publishers. It's an apt eulogy for a novelist whom Graham Greene, rather more charitably, dubbed "the poet of apprehension," a 20th century demiurge whose "world we enter each time with...
| Oct 7, 2009
At a drinks party in London last summer, Ruth Rendell seemed to let slip to a reporter from the Telegraph that "The Monster in the Box" would be the last in her long series of detective novels featuring Chief Inspector Reg Wexford.
The report seemed...
| Dec 6, 2009
Note: This is the first of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: series characters as viewed by their creators.
In an essay for the Wall Street Journal last spring, Alexander McCall Smith explains the...
| Aug 29, 2010
It may seem, thanks to her ManBooker Prize winning novel 'Wolf Hall' (just out in paperback, Picador: 608 pp., $16), that the novelist Hilary Mantel needs no more attention; but in fact the large body of her work — and she's been publishing for more...
| Jan 31, 2010
Brian Moore was born in Northern Ireland, immigrated to Canada and spent much of his life living here in California, in Malibu. He wrote scripts, short stories and a string of novels, many of which, like "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," "Black Robe"...
| Apr 4, 2010
I should admit up front that my favorite narrators tend to be unreliable. While other readers seek comfort or order, a breather from life's everyday chaos and bad news, I like having my consciousness pricked by protagonists who don't understand their...
| May 17, 2009
1. Visualize Harry Dean Stanton.
Head north out of Detroit on I-75 past 8 Mile Road and you get to Bloomfield Hills, the wealthy suburb where Elmore Leonard lives. Although he was born in New Orleans in 1925, the 83-year-old novelist grew up middle-class...
| Dec 23, 2007
James Bond may be the prototypical English spy, but more discerning readers know that John Le Carré's novels come as close as possible to depicting a "true" portrait of the men and women who populate British intelligence. His most indelible creation,...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador)
"Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
| Apr 5, 2008
Studio head and producer Harvey Weinstein remembers his friend and colleague, director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient," "Cold Mountain"). A memorial service for Minghella is being held today in London.
The memories are vivid; snatches of...