I just finished a mystery/thriller by a New York Times bestselling author, someone whom I’ve read sporadically over the years, usually quite happily. This particular book is set in the 1980s but was published not long ago, so it’s not one of the author’s early works. Yet reading it was a slog when her technique and years of writing experience should have made it a slam-dunk.
We all know the phenomenon that happens when a book is truly good — time is suspended as we enter… Continue reading
I’ve always liked stories about lawyers and the law, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starting me off in a big way in childhood. Being from the South, the book has always had a special resonance with me, and, really, who doesn’t love Atticus Finch — or Gregory Peck?
Now that I’m writing my own novels, I’ve learned to appreciate lawyerly books – and movies and TV — even more, not just as pure entertainment but also as little instruction manuals on how to tell rich and satisfying tales, no matter the… Continue reading