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Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

“Devil’s Bridge,” by Linda Fairstein. Dutton, 2015, New York. 384 pages. $28.Not far into Linda Fairstein’s 17th Alexandra Cooper crime novel, New York City prosecutor Cooper is mysteriously yanked into a black SUV. In that moment, the voice readers have known for 16 volumes goes silent.NYC homicide detective Mike Chapman, Cooper’s lover, best friend and collaborator during scores of criminal investigations and trials,...

Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Summer is dwindling down, which means an end to the Pittsburg Public Library’s summer reading programs.But it wasn’t all reading.The library had over 100 programs over eight weeks and had 5,747 children in attendance.

Updated Aug 3, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Devouring your next favorite comic book or graphic novel used to mean settling in on your (pick age-appropriate furniture) rocking chair/bed/recliner with a (pick age-appropriate beverage) glass of milk/soda/cocktail and turning crinkly...

Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Despite recent criticisms of “Go Set a Watchman,” I eagerly anticipated the second installment of what had been rumored as Harper Lee’s “lost” novel.The iconic author of the 1960 Pulitzer...

Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM

“The Fixer,” by Joseph Finder. Dutton, New York, 2015. 416 pages. $27.95.A down-on-his-luck Boston investigative reporter who loses his job, his fashion-model-gorgeous girlfriend, his home and a good hunk of his...

Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Some published novels should never see the light of day. Ernest Hemingway’s reputation has suffered from the posthumous release of such wretched drafts as “True at First Light.” Papa Hemingway didn’t release...

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM

It’s been heartbreaking to see so many intelligent, well-intentioned people wringing their hands in horror at the release of “Go Set A Watchman,” Harper Lee’s sequel — or maybe rough draft — to...

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

“The Mountain Story,” by Lori Lansens. Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015. 312 pages. $26.Intertwining plotlines vie for urgency in Lori Lansens’ nail biter, “The Mountain Story.” And...

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes it can’t be helped. Harper Lee’s novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” comes out today, 55 years after “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Lee’s beloved,...

Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Reclusive 87-year-old author Harper Lee’s follow-up to "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be released tomorrow, but you can

Posted Jul 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Thirty years after his friend’s death, Arma native Marcel Normand has finally gotten around to tell the story of someone who inspired him immensely: his friend and former colleague Lucile James.“I knew I would write her story...

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