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Charming anti-hero steals show in new Parker novel ‘Revelation’

THE late Robert B. Parker made a career — a very successful, almost 40-year one — out of a series of flawed-hero protagonists: Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone among them. They had at one point ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

Other-worldly fun in ‘Wrong Todays’

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 that altered the evolution of technology? Elan Mastai ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

Even in retirement, Rebus on the case

Does your idea of a relaxing and rewarding retirement involve inspecting drowned corpses on the dockside, interviewing murder suspects and interrogating notorious gangsters? No? Then you are not ex-cop ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

An expedition to Honduran city

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 romps chronicling the adventures ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday

‘The Princess Diarist’ fails to deliver

“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 know exactly how to tell it now,” Carrie Fisher announces on page ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday

‘The Beautiful Dead’ is solid psychological thriller

ART, obsession and the pull between one’s professional life and personal life make a searing background for Belinda Bauer’s new standalone psychological thriller. Although “The Beautiful Dead” succumbs ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday

Memoir embraces great actresses

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 him establish a successful career as a leading man or ...

January 8, 2017, Sunday

Lives collide in ‘Banana Sounds’

IN stories that take place in sane parts of the world, a man approaches a woman before kissing her, a city creaks before it collapses, and a gun is seen before it fires. But this isn’t that kind of city, ...

January 8, 2017, Sunday

A dictionary to beef up Chinese

FOREIGNERS, who come to China to learn Chinese, tend to ask: “How many Chinese characters are there?” The answer to this question might be more complicated than you think, as the number of characters ...

December 25, 2016, Sunday

Social history of scents down the ages

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.” The 10 chapters ...

December 25, 2016, Sunday


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