Readers favs: suspense, drama

catandmouseIn The Switch by Joseph Finder, a traveler picks up the wrong laptop at the airport.  It just  happens to belong to a US Senator and contains details about a NSA surveillance program.  A tug of war ensues between a reporter, who wants to expose the secrets and Senator’s chief of staff, who wants to recover put a lid on the secrets and save his boss’s hide.  As in any good thriller, the action “whizzes by   quickly and suspensefully” (Kirkus Reviews).    In A House among the Trees by Julia Glass, the sudden death of a successful children’s writer  leaves the survivors to grapple with his legacy.  His intimates dispute his will while a filmmaker intrudes with plans for a documentary.  Glass’s story of personal and artistic legacies is “as grippingly readable as it is thoughtful” (Kirkus Reviews).

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