Thursday, December 03, 2015

Everybody Has an Opinion

Keeping up with “books of the year” lists will become harder as we move quickly now toward Hanukkah, Christmas, and the end of December. Britain’s Guardian newspaper today announced its 16 choices for “Best Crime and Thriller Books of 2015.” They include The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins; Disclaimer, by Renée Knight; The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz; Even Dogs in the Wild, by Ian Rankin; The Cartel, by Don Winslow; and a work that somehow sailed right past my radar--I Saw a Man, by Owen Sheers.

Although The New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of 2015” tally shuts out crime and mystery fiction, its recent “100 Notable Books of 2015” selection finds room for Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham; Dragonfish, by Vu Tran; Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon; and The Whites, by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt.

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