How Orson Welles and John Huston tried to make 1 more film

Orson Welles is among the great directors who are praised in spite of their final films. John Huston, on the other hand, managed to keep audiences on their toes to

‘In the Dark Places’ has solid, multilayered plot

Peter Robinson's intelligent series about Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks deftly explores contemporary issues that by their nature often take place in the urban areas of Yorkshire, England, with the

Weiner explores idea of soul mates in ‘Who Do You Love’

Author Jennifer Weiner delicately sets the stage for a story detailing the celebrations and challenges of romance in "Who Do You Love." She chronicles a relationship that spans 30 years. Readers

‘Badlands’ is intriguing stand-alone novel from C.J. Box

The new Wild West, in which a hamlet becomes a boomtown because of its oil-rich fields, makes a sturdy background for C.J. Box's intriguing new stand-alone novel. Taking another break from

Barclay delivers gripping story in ‘Broken Promise’

Linwood Barclay returns to the small town of Promise Falls for his latest novel, “Broken Promise,” bringing back several characters and delivering another gripping tale. In this story, journalist David Harwood

‘The Redeemers’ showcases author’s storytelling abilities

The sense of justice and righteousness that Sheriff Quinn Colson has brought to his tenure in Mississippi's Tibbehah County is drawing to a close in Ace Atkins' gripping new novel,

Ernest Cline returns with new novel, ‘Armada’

Zack is a high school senior, and he’s counting the days until he graduates. He works at a video game store that specializes in classic games. Zack and his friends

‘The Assassins’ has fast pace, many twists

The duplicity begins as six master assassins rob a Baghdad museum to recover money owed to them by Saddam Hussein. Judd Ryder has given up the spy game, but that

In ‘Keepers,’ film critic revisits a lifetime at the movies

A theater up the street asks its employees to include the title of a favorite movie on their nametags. The choices of these teenagers and twentysomethings can be anything from

New Edna O’Brien story anthology spans 5 decades

Put on a pot of tea and curl up with “The Love Object,” the new collection of Edna O’Brien stories. If you’re lucky, it’ll be cold, damp and misty outside. Many

‘Finders Keepers’ recalls ‘Misery’ as King torments a reader

The power of books over readers is a frequent theme in the work of Stephen King. Who can forget Annie Wilkes in “Misery,” chopping off novelist Paul Sheldon’s foot with an

How 250,000 refugees were rescued in Turkey

It reads like a story drawn from contemporary headlines: U.S. Navy warships deployed to the Middle East; ISIS-like beheadings and other atrocities targeted at Christians; fears in Washington about denial

John Corey returns in DeMille’s ‘Radiant Angel’

In Nelson DeMille's latest John Corey thriller, "Radiant Angel," Corey has left the FBI and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He now works for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group in New York

Cussler’s ‘Piranha’ is great book for summer reading

Piranha,” the latest in the Oregon Files series of novels by Clive Cussler, has a new co-author, Boyd Morrison, and proves to be the best entry in the series to

‘Irrationally Yours’ delivers clever advice wrapped in humor

In his compilation of articles from his Wall Street Journal column, “Ask Ariely,” Dan Ariely wraps in a clever bow all the questions we’ve ever wanted answered concerning the behavioral

‘Solitude Creek’ is outstanding thriller by Jeffery Deaver

What begins as a fun outing for a mother and her daughter turns terrifying in “Solitude Creek,” Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller. They go to a small concert venue that brings in

‘The Fall’ is tantalizing legal thriller

John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a case

‘Pleasantville’ has gripping, believable plot

The compelling “Pleasantville” continues Attica Locke’s insightful look at African-American life in Houston, where politics, race and classism converge in myriad ways. Locke sets her third novel in Pleasantville, a Houston

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