Reliability Redux

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Reading the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni broght me back to the question of reliability. Unquestionably, Dugoni’s invented world of Tracy, her long dead sister Sarah, her new beau Dan, and her buddies Kins and Faz creates that kind of comfortable, compelling reading environment that I have commented on in…

Who’s Afraid, Indeed

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America lost one of its finest playwrights this week when Edward Albee died at age 88. Perhaps best known to my generation as the author of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Albee wrote thirty or so plays. His first was The Zoo Story (1958), and that’s the one I studied in high school alongside some…

What do you know about the Clinton Foundation?

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Given the current toxic environment of accusations and name-calling, we thought you might like a “just the facts, ma’am” eReadUp on the Clinton Foundation. The idea that as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initiated a pay for play scheme involving international donors to the Clinton Foundation has gotten some traction in the press. You can…

Reliability and Backstory – Sunday with books

By: Dave Conner

Rethinking last week’s article on author reliability, I further crystallized what I mean by reliable author: An author who writes books that I enjoy reading, often in a series around a single character, without generating a lot of variation in my response. The author is reliable if he/she cranks out plenty of books, is devoted to…

What makes an author reliable? – Sunday with books

By: Graham C99

When I went on vacation in July, I left with a list of writers I knew I would enjoy from the hammock. Who were they? Woods, Jance, Kellerman, Hallinan, Perry–all terrific mystery writers whose books are, well, just comfortable to read. Beach books, I think they are called. I could have included Patterson, maybe even…