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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 self-esteem has nowhere to go but up. This is Boston author Joseph Finder’s operating premise and it’s one we journalists happily embrace. You can’t keep a good muckraker down — at least in fiction.Before...

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...

Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM

“Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories,” by Jerome Charyn. Liveright Publishing Corp./Division of W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 2015. 223 pages. $24.95.Most people who read Jerome Charyn’s new book of short...

Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” by Judd Apatow. Random House, 2015. $27. Since I usually review books I like, it’s a short hop, skip and jump to this: “Sick in the...

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

“Brutality,” by Ingrid Thoft. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2015. 452 pages. $26.95.The young and successful Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow has found an M.O. that works wonders. She pesters...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Matthew Quick has looked through the silver lining.“It’s funny, when you start writing you say, ‘I want to be a fiction writer’ and you really have no idea what that means,” said Quick. When his...

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