Laukkanen’s brisk pacing gives urgency to ‘Forgotten Girls’

T he frigid northwest provides a fitting background for “The Forgotten Girls,” Owen Laukkanen’s sixth chilling police procedural featuring Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint

Funny, first novel about freshman love at Harvard

The Idiot,” Elif Batuman’s beautifully written first novel, is a wry, funny coming-of- age story set at the dawn of email among a group of Harvard brainiacs too

‘High Noon’ book draws down on Hollywood blacklist

Years of risking his life to protect his fellow citizens come to this climactic movie moment: The lawman, his gun still hot from a showdown with an

A bear. A bat. A butterfly.

Images seen in Rorschach inkblots reveal the viewer’s unconscious mind, including any serious mental disorders. Or do they? Is the Rorschach test a brilliant diagnostic tool, or

What if this is a dystopian society we live in?

What if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake

‘The Freedom Broker’ has gripping action, thrills

A  woman who runs an organization that specializes in recovering victims from kidnappings finds herself in a case that hits too close to home in K.J. Howe’s

‘The Rising’ by Heather Graham and Jon Land

B est-selling authors Heather Graham and Jon Land team up to create “The Rising,” an exciting and wonderful character-driven first book in an imaginative series. Alex

‘Fatal’ is stand-alone thriller

A  stupid mistake has serious ramifications in “Fatal,” John Lescroart’s latest stand-alone thriller. Kate Jameson loves her life and marriage to Ron. She has two children, and

The CIA in Laos changed the way America wages war

Even with the hindsight of history, it’s mystifying that 56 years ago when John F. Kennedy was preparing to become president, the fate of the Southeast Asian

‘Little Deaths’ by Emma Flint is mesmerizing

Little Deaths, Emma Flint’s mesmerizing debut, works well as a look at misogyny, gossip, morals and the rush to judge others when a child goes missing.

‘The Lost City of the Monkey God’ by Douglas Preston

To pigeonhole Douglas Preston a true-crime author is a gross understatement of his skills as a writer. Yes, his many best-sellers with Lincoln Child are fun, suspenseful

Wagner embraces great actresses in engaging Hollywood memoir

A love letter to actresses he admired on and off the screen, Robert J. Wagner’s engaging memoir offers a warm embrace for the many women who helped

Fisher’s ‘The Princess Diarist’ doesn’t dish enough

I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first ‘Star Wars’ movie that it’s difficult to

‘Perfume’ by Lizzie Ostrom a solid pop culture guide

Fragrance has always been wrapped in social and economic issues, controversy, memories and history as Lizzie Ostrom so persuasively shows in the lively “Perfume: A Century of Scents.”

Police detective Karen Pirie returns in ‘Out of Bounds’

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie has always been a workaholic. But now immersion in her work doesn’t just give her life structure, it also has become a kind of

Tom Clancy true ‘Faith and Allegiance’

The latest novel featuring Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's iconic hero and now president of the United States, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the franchise.