Thursday, December 07, 2023

Earning Nolan’s Seal of Approval

Here’s yet another “best books of the year” list, this one from Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal’s longtime crime-fiction critic:

Birnam Wood, by Eleanor Catton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Fixit, by Joe Ide (Mulholland)
I Have Some Questions for You, by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
The Kind Worth Saving, by Peter Swanson (Morrow)
The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman (Viking)
The Late Mrs. Willoughby, by Claudia Gray (Vintage)
The Lock-Up, by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)
My Men, by Victoria Kielland (Astra House)
Prom Mom, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
Small Mercies, by Dennis Lehane (Harper)

I’m a big fan of Nolan’s work—both his reviews and his books—and frequently find my reading tastes to be in accordance with his. There are a few novels here that I have not yet sampled (notably My Men, which I first heard of from Sarah Weinman), but which I shall now have to add onto my Christmas wishlist.

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