Author Archives: A. J. Kinnaman

Classic crime, British style

Brit crime fans can choose between a period mystery by Charles Todd and contemporary action by Deborah Crombie.  In A Cruel Deception by Todd, nurse Bess Crawford is tasked with finding out why an officer serving with Britain’s delegation at … Continue reading

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More classic crime

Not quite in Grisham and Child’s league, but still heavy hitters are Nelson DeMille and Michael Connelly. In The Deserter  by DeMille, a Delta Force posted to Afghanistan disappear from his base.  He resurfaces in a video that shows him … Continue reading

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Fall Classics!

Ok, so we just saw a great World Series, Washington vs Houston, that went 7 games before the Nationals* prevailed. Now, its time to get down with the fall suspense classics, Child vs Grisham. In Blue Moon by Lee Child, … Continue reading

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Risky business

Into the Panet by Jill Heinerth transports readers deep into inner space. Author Heinerth has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She brings to life the split-second decisions that determine life or death. … Continue reading

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Notes on the human condition

Range by Daniel Epstein argues that we need generalists in our increasingly specialized world.  Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell looks into what we might want to know about the people we don’t know. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown … Continue reading

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Fresh stories: the body politic

A Republic, if You can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch makes a case for constitutional “originalism”. Oliver Wendell Holmes by Stephen Budiansky profiles the pioneering jurist who “revolutionized our understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved … Continue reading

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Fresh stories: history

Crusaders by Dan Jones (Templers, Magna Carta) tells how a plea from the Byzantine Empire for military aid in its border wars launched a mass movement that upset the co-existence of Christians and Muslims in Palestine. What followed was decades … Continue reading

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