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Unique to the mystery genre in America

Book Review By Derryll White Paretsky, Sara (1982). Indemnity Only. This is Sara Paretsky’s first published novel, and the first volume in the V.I. Warshawski series. I was very pleased to see it was dedicated to Stuart Kaminsky. He is … > Read More

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An exquisite writer who lays claim to traditions of Homer

Book Review By Derryll White Kadare, Ismael (1989). The File on H. “Just as in the metabolism of living beings, so in oral poetry, death is what guarantees that life goes on.” Kadare won The Man Booker International Prize in … > Read More

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A book more about Hemingway than Africa

Book Review By Derryll White Hemingway, Ernest (1935). Green Hills of Africa. People may think ‘Why are you reading something almost 80 years old?’ Well, I grew up with Ernest Hemingway and Tom Wolfe and D.H. Lawrence, and from time-to-time … > Read More

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American Gods an incredible book

Book Review By Derryll White Gaiman, Neil (2001). American Gods. I have to say from the start, this genre of ‘science fiction’ is away outside my normal frame of reference. I haven’t read anything here since my youth, when Ray … > Read More

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The Shadow Woman is a very good read

Book Review By Derryll White Edwardson, Ake (1998). The Shadow Woman. The novel has a very unconventional opening, through the eyes and voice of a child. It is somehow innocent, unrelated to drug wars and biker gangs. But such is … > Read More

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It feels as if Coady is writing out of my own memory

Book Review By Derryll White Coady, Lynn (1998). Strange Heaven. This is Lynn Coady’s first novel, written in Fredericton, New Brunswick but, in large part looking at her native Cape Breton and life around Halifax, Nova Scotia. When I first … > Read More

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Descriptive excellence can’t save novel

Book Review By Derryll White Carcaterra, Lorenzo (2010). Midnight Angels. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo Buonarrati This novel is advertised as a “religious artifact quest thriller” – shades of … > Read More

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Inspector Montalbano series an easy way to travel

Book Review By Derryll White Camilleri, Andrea (2006). The Wings of the Sphynx. Inspector Salvo Montalbano of the Sicilian police feels old at 56. Not only does he feel old, he begins to doubt himself and his ability to be … > Read More

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Thorough research makes many things clear

Book Review By Derryll White Wood, Naomi (2014). Mrs. Hemingway. I have read most of Ernest Hemingway’s work over the past 50 years, and am currently re-reading some of it. Through it all I have never quite understood the allure … > Read More

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Making us think about the world we’ve inherited

Book Review By Derryll White Westlake, Donald E. (1962). 361. ‘361. (Destruction of life, violent death). Killing.’ – Roget’s Thesaurus of Words and Phrases. Thank goodness for Hard Case Crime, the dedicated publisher that is bringing out the best of … > Read More

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