Although the epigraph of Damon Galgut's novel is taken from Chekhov, it is the ghost of Graham Greene that hovers most palpably over The Good Doctor, and even in the cadence of its title.
A confession is, by definition, a declaration of guilt.
Despite their indifference to genre fiction, American publishers of literary novels have consistently made exceptions for homegrown crime writers.
A year ago now, when the Bush Administration was preparing the world for an American invasion of Iraq, John le Carré wrote a column of scathing, sharp-toothed commentary for the Times
Toni Morrison's slim new novel, Love, may seem, at first glance, to fit within a group of books one could crudely call Morrison Lite, not requiring any heavy lifting from the reader like h
Martin Amis is the most condescended-to novelist of his time. He is also
one of the most literate, funny, quotable and (this the condescenders
never neglect to mention) talented.
In January 1948 Dutton brought out the third novel of a promising young
writer named Gore Vidal. The publishing house was nervous.
On the page, Patricia Highsmith could inspire a law-abiding citizen to
become a willing accomplice to murder, at least within the realm of the
Louis Begley is perhaps currently best known as the author of About
Schmidt, the novel from which the recent acclaimed film starring
Jack Nicholson was adapted.
Kingdom of Shadows, the sixth of Alan Furst's novels of historical espionage fiction, was hard for me to put down--and when I did, I couldn't wait to pick it up again.