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A deeply affecting novel of the Holocaust (0)

February 27, 2017 • Historical Novels, Trade Fiction

The German Girl: A Novel, by Armando Lucas Correa @@@@ (4 out of 5) In a moving first novel, Armando Lucas Correa tells the story of The German Girl, a tale of the Holocaust loosely based on historical fact. The “German girl” is Hannah Rosenthal, the blonde, blue-eyed, 11-year-old daughter of a wealthy and prominent… Read More ›

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A revealing history of U.S.-China relations (0)

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present, by John Pomfret @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Some Americans seem to have the impression that the U.S. relationship with China began in 1972 when Richard Nixon flew to Beijing. In The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, journalist and long-time… Read More ›

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A deeply affecting novel of the Holocaust (0)

The German Girl: A Novel, by Armando Lucas Correa @@@@ (4 out of 5) In a moving first novel, Armando Lucas Correa tells the story of The German Girl, a tale of the Holocaust loosely based on historical fact. The “German girl” is Hannah Rosenthal, the blonde, blue-eyed, 11-year-old daughter of a wealthy and prominent… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

An exciting chapter in the Bernie Gunther saga (0)

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther #11), by Philip Kerr @@@@ (4 out of 5) The Other Side of Silence is the 11th novel in Philip Kerr‘s bestselling series of detective stories featuring Bernie Gunther. (A 12th is forthcoming as I write.) However, unlike the books that precede it in the series, this suspenseful… Read More ›

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48 excellent mystery and thriller series (2)

Two years ago I posted a list of my 36 favorite mystery and thriller series. What follows is an updated version of that list. I’ve made several changes in my Top 10 list. I’ve also added 12 titles—and demoted a few to a new category of “Not-so-great series.” Unless you’re a devoted fan of the… Read More ›