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An intimate look at Stalin’s terror (0)

A review of The Twelfth Department (Captain Alexei Korolev #3), by William Ryan @@@@ (4 out of 5) Several English-language authors have written widely about crime in the old Soviet Union. Martin Cruz Smith’s terrific Arkady Renko series is the best known of the lot, but John Le Carre, Joseph Kanon, and others have notably… Read More ›

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An extraordinary episode in Israeli history (0)

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A review of The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, by Uri Bar-Joseph @@@@ (4 out of 5) The history of the state of Israel is one of continuous war punctuated by intermittent stretches of peace. The open military conflicts the young nation has experienced have always threatened its continuing existence, but none more… Read More ›

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A journey into the multiverse (0)

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A review of Dark Matter: A Novel, by Blake Crouch @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Imagine that every decision you make throughout your life creates a new universe: the old one representing the path you actually take, the new universe conforming to the alternate path. Over the years, then, your life branches into innumerable possible… Read More ›

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An intimate look at Stalin’s terror (0)

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A review of The Twelfth Department (Captain Alexei Korolev #3), by William Ryan @@@@ (4 out of 5) Several English-language authors have written widely about crime in the old Soviet Union. Martin Cruz Smith’s terrific Arkady Renko series is the best known of the lot, but John Le Carre, Joseph Kanon, and others have notably… Read More ›

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Vacation time!

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Hi! Please don’t be surprised if you see no new posts from me during the first two weeks of September. I’ll be out of the country and will have limited access to the Internet, if any at all. But I’ll be back in mid-month. Keep on reading! Cheers, mal