The Saturday Night Ghost Club

Reality never changes.  Only our recollections of it do.  Whenever a moment passes, we pass along with it into the realm of memory.  And in that realm, geometries change.  Contours shift, shades lighten, objectivities dissolve.  Memory becomes what we need it to be. Neurosurgeon Jake Breaker recalls a summer spent in Niagara Falls many years…

World Gone By

Seven years after the events of Live By Night, Dennis Lehane’s World Gone By picks up as Joe Coughlin settles into a position acting as a bridge between the criminal underworld and high society.  Coughlin makes a lot of people a lot of money, which means a lot of people are very happy – so…

Sharp Objects

Chicago-based reporter Camille Preaker travels back to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate a rash of murders targeting the town’s children. I think I bought this book shortly after I had read Gone Girl in 2014.  I was desperate for more Gillian Flynn.  However, the book sat on my shelf, unread, for four…

Katerina

James Frey’s new novel, Katerina, takes place between Paris in 1992 and Los Angeles in 2017.  It is the story a young writer trying to carve out his place in the world and a torrid love affair that consumes him to his core. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an…

Hope Never Dies

The 2016 Presidential Election has ended.  Former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t quite know what to do with himself.  As he watches his former boss Barack Obama vacationing with the likes of Richard Branson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper, he feels discarded and hopeless.  All this changes when Obama arrives…

Calypso

David Sedaris returns with a new collection of essays dealing with getting older, medical woes and the fallout of his sister’s passing. My partner Alaina and I went to a live reading a few weeks ago. It was my first time seeing David read from his work in person and he’s just as charming and…

November Road

Career criminal Frank Guidry is sent to Dallas to retrieve a getaway car that was to play a part in the assassination of President Kennedy.  The car wasn’t used, so Frank is tasked with retrieving it from the scene of the crime and dumping it into the ocean so that a link cannot be established…