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Review of An Officer and a Spy

  In Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, Alfred Dreyfuss is stripped of his rank, charged with treason, and shipped to Devil’s Island, barely escaping the firing squad. But not all are convinced that the Jewish officer is guilty … Continue reading

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Review of Tokyo Kill

  In Barry Lancet’s Tokyo Kill, antiques dealer/security agent Jim Brodie gets a visit from an aging World War II veteran whose colleagues are being murdered. Brodie agrees to provide protection for the man without a second thought. The killings … Continue reading

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Review of The Hit

    David Baldacci’s Will Robie returns in The Hit, and is under orders to track down and eliminate one of his own team members. But it seems she’s already got the drop on him. Will Robie be able to … Continue reading

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Review of The Poisoner’s Handbook

  In Deborah Blume’s, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, the author reveals how Charles Norris and Andrew Gettler investigated mysterious deaths that had previously gone unsolved. Each chapter traces the … Continue reading

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Review of Things That Matter

  In his book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics, Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer shares his invaluable insight into everything from baseball to America’s role in the world. Delivered with his characteristically concise … Continue reading

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Review of Avenue of Spies

  In Alex Kershaw’s Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France, Dr. Charles Sumner, his wife Tonette, and their son Philip, live on Avenue Foch, an upper-crust neighborhood in … Continue reading

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Review of The Wood’s Edge

In Lori Benton’s The Wood’s Edge, Major Reginald Aubrey suffers two overwhelming losses in quick succession. As the fort he’s defending falls into French hands, Aubrey’s newborn son dies in his mother’s arms. Terrified for what the loss of the … Continue reading

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