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(3 of the books are reviewed here)





The Round House

Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is, first and foremost, a storyteller.  In this novel she tells stories from the Ojibwe  reservation in North Dakota through the eyes of a teenage boy.  His family starts to fall apart when his mother is brutally raped.  When the police criminal investigators find nothing after a halfhearted effort, our young hero vows to find the perpetrator and extract vengeance.  This well written book was the winner of the National Book Award (05/16).

Killing a King

Dan Ephron

The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 is still regarded as the most traumatic event in the country's history.  The fact that this heinous act was perpetrated by a Jew only added to the national anguish.  It would have been easier to accept if Rabin's murderer was an Arab.  This well researched and well written book tracks the arcs of Rabin and his assassin to their ultimate destiny. (03/16)

All the Old Knives

Olen Steinhauer

Not as good as The Cairo Affair, but Steinhauer is still better than almost anyone else writing spy novels these days.  He uses a very interesting technique here.  The story is told in a first person narrative with the two main characters alternating chapters.  (02/16)

Shoot Now, Pass Later

Jeremy Roenick

For hard core hockey fans only.  Roenick was one of the best American born players in the history of the National Hockey League.  He currently is a hockey analyst on television.  He has never suffered from a lack of self-confidence and that shows clearly in his book.  (01/16) 

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