Just to let you know, we'll be among the missing till January 15th. Tuesday, December 9th, the writing doctor will be doctored with super-duper double deluxe spinal surgery. It'll be at UCSF in San Francisco. The computer's keys will be silent till January 15th.
Meantime, I'll be reading a slew of books, mostly crime fiction, the best anodyne of them all. What follows is the NY Times list of Notable Crime fiction. As for you, take pity on the writing doctor and send in your favorites. See you in January in between the snow flakes falling.
Jesse Kellerman. THE GENIUS (Putnam, $24.95)
Denise Mina,SLIP OF THE KNIFE (Little, Brown, $24.99),
Ian Ranklin, EXIT MUSIC (Little, Brown, $26)
George Pelecanos, THE TURNAROUND (Little, Brown, $24.99).
Debra Ginsberg, THE GRIFT (Shaye Areheart, $23.95),
Christine Barber’s first novel, THE REPLACEMENT CHILD (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Nevada Barr’s WINTER STUDY (Putnam, $24.95).
Thomas H. Cook, MASTER OF THE DELTA (Otto Penzler/Harcourt, $24),
Andrew Pyper, THE KILLING CIRCLE (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur, $24.95),
Karen Maitland, COMPANY OF LIARS (Delacorte, $24),
Ariana Franklin, THE SERPENT’S TALE (Putnam, $25.95),
Lawrence Goldstone, THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION (Delacorte, $24), by Lawrence Goldstone.**
Frank Tallis, VIENNA BLOOD (Random House, paper, $15)**
Andrew Martin, LOST LUGGAGE PORTER (Harvest/Harcourt, paper, $14)
Catherine O'Flynn, WHAT WAS LOST (Holt, paper, $14),
As for old tried and true favorites, take a look at Daniel Silva, Peter Robinson, Donna Leon, Henning Mankel, and Asa Larsen.