Ellis is not the Dirty Three violinist, but the English graphic novelist. Here he creates a highly visual novel, without pictures. In violent downtown New York, the ultimate gun collection is found. Each weapon can be linked to an unsolved murder. Economic history meets noir, police corruption, native American ritual and black humour. And Ellis is gifted at both character and narrative.
When I was a Child I Read Books
Robinson has written only three novels, but of exceptional quality. This fourth book, of non-fiction, showcases her thinking. It is a book to be read slowly, with pauses for pondering. Robinson is an American intellectual of the highest order, liberal in the original sense, but also Calvinistic (and as she notes, the two words are not contradictory).
Finding Casey is the sequel to Solomon's Oak. The three damaged characters of that novel have made a home together, in Santa Fe. Mapson is a superb observer of place, which is so strong as to be almost a character. There is much to enjoy in this book, not least that Mapson draws on several well-known cases of child abduction. She makes of them something different, and highly credible.