Posts Tagged: fiction

“ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE” Ruined My Trip

All the Light We Cannot See

By Paul Levine Anthony Doerr ruined my vacation. He also destroyed the confidence of blossoming writers and set an impossibly high standard for other novelists. What’s the matter, Tony? Winning the Pulitzer wasn’t enough? Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, the lyrical, compassionate, hauntingly gorgeous novel that won this year’s…

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Nuclear Weapons: Fact, Fiction and Loose Nukes

Several years ago, I wrote “Ballistic,”  a novel in which an Air Force missile base in Wyoming was attacked by terrorists. The story raised the fear of “loose nukes,” nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would use them. Or, in the shorthand language of flap copy: A Nuclear Missile… A Band of Terrorists… And…

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Why I Dedicated My Book to an Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien Crossing

“To the woman carrying a rucksack, clutching her child’s hand, and kicking up dust as she scrambled along a desert trail near Calexico, California.” —Dedication of “Illegal” by Paul Levine   The following is true…with some dialogue editing. “Let me get this straight,” the Hollywood producer said. “You dedicated your book to an illegal alien?”…

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Grisham Books in Order and “Sycamore Row”

John Grisham, the king of the legal thrillers, has a new book out.  So, what’s new about that?  For more than two decades, Grisham has been writing about a book a year, starting with “A Time to Kill” in 1989.  We’ll consider both the new book and all Grisham books in order. What’s interesting about…

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The Books of Scott Turow

Scott Turow and Paul Levine in Los Angeles… The two heavyweights of legal thrillers, John Grisham and Scott Turow, have new novels out at the same time.  We examined Grisham’s blockbuster “Sycamore Row”  in a prior blog.  Today, let’s take a look at the books of Scott Turow, starting with his law school memoir and concluding…

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