‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing

Geocaching — the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects — lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an

‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels

Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions.

‘Midnight in Siberia’ looks at Russia today

As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But "Midnight in Siberia" reminds us of another important

Hurtling towards disaster – the modern addiction to speed

Speed,” it seemed to Aldous Huxley, “provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.” In “Speed Limits,” however, modernity’s apotheosis of speed has more to do with pain than pleasure. An ever-quickening pace

Bravo host dishes dirt in ‘Andy Cohen Diaries’

In his new book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year,” author Andy Cohen tries to explain to his rescue dog, Wacha, the luck of going

Preston & Childs return with ‘Blue Labyrinth’

A family secret over 100 years old comes back to haunt FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's latest thriller, "Blue Labyrinth." A knock on Pendergast's

Connelly has another winner with ‘Burning Room’

Harry Bosch and his rookie partner tackle a cold case with present-day ramifications in Michael Connelly's latest novel, "The Burning Room." Ten years ago, a man was shot and paralyzed. The

‘The Killer Next Door’ is gripping mystery

Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts. Alex Marwood’s second stand-alone novel delivers a multilayered plot

“Superstorm” (Dutton), by Kathryn Miles

It’s been a weak hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, with little to worry U.S. coastal residents, but any forecaster will tell you: It only takes one storm to

‘Time Out of Mind’ is rich study on Dylan

For Dylan’s many obsessive fans, who have been offered a wealth of analyses of this singular artist over the years, Bell delivers the goods. Chapters are heavy with engrossing and

‘Full Measure’ is realistic on every level

T. Jefferson Parker, known for his crime novels, delivers an emotional and gut-wrenching literary departure that’s miles away from what his fans and readers would expect in “Full Measure.” Patrick Norris

Jason Aldean focuses on his rock side on new album

Jason Aldean, who helped elevate hard rock dynamics and hip-hop conventions in contemporary country music, focuses on his rock side on his sixth studio album, “Old Boots, New Dirt.” Aldean has

Jon Land delivers with ‘Strong Darkness’

In 1883, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong, assisted by the state’s famous “hanging judge,” Roy Bean, is on the trail of a serial killer who butchers Chinese railroad workers by

Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams

When “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in

Lancet imbues new novel with vivid sense of Japan

Art, social issues, culture and, yes, war — all the things that make or break a society — converge in Barry Lancet’s exciting second novel about antiques dealer Jim Brodie,

‘Bad Feminist’ essays are sharp, funny

Roxane Gay may call herself a bad feminist — she cops to loving pink and dancing to misogynist music — but she is a badass writer. In her new collection of

Author’s ode to crosswords is right on the mark

If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There’s the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an

An insightful look at digital-age clutter

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection” (Current), by Michael Harris I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin

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