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Fabulous Hell

by Rich Wertz

A kind of Catcher in the Rye for a new generation of alienated gays, this novel rarely understates anything as it piles pathos upon estrangement upon pathos. The protagonist, nameless except for an infrequently used nickname, is an... Read More

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Predictions

by Rich Wertz

Don’t fall in love with your own airship, warns Umberto Eco in his little section of this book. His warning, meant to evoke memories of those foolish days when inflatable aircraft were considered the future of aviation, is quoted in... Read More

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Nordic Nights

by Rich Wertz

The third Alix Thorssen mystery novel is set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during the town’s annual winter festival. Forget about cowboys and gunfights. This Jackson Hole is a tourist town with artsy shops, skiers in Lycra tights, press... Read More

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Ship Shapely

by Rich Wertz

Before Les Quincy disappeared, he was a professional flagpole painter and a sexually profligate sailboat captain. The suspects in his disappearance, all shapely young women, served as his crew and took turns sharing his bed. If this... Read More

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The Waterman

by Rich Wertz

The prose smells of salt water and diesel fuel in Tim Junkin’s first novel, a coming-of-age story set on the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1970s. Young Clay Wakeman, his parents dead, returns from college to follow in his father’s... Read More

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Mr. Wroe's Virgins

by Rich Wertz

In 1830, in Lancashire, England, prophet John Wroe obtained from his congregation seven women, purportedly virgins, to provide him comfort and household assistance. Jane Rogers’ fictionalized account of the ensuing events is woven from... Read More

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Death in Lacquer Red

by Rich Wertz

In the first of what is to be a series of mysteries with young Swedish immigrant Hilda Johansson as heroine, Agatha Award winner Dams’ (The Body in the Transcript) new novel is more reminiscent of Nancy Drew than of most contemporary... Read More

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Lie in the Dark

by Rich Wertz

Sarajevo under siege in the 1992-1996 war is not merely the setting for Fesperman’s novel about a murder investigator whose big case arrives during a conflagration, but a living entity. Like its people, Sarajevo endures the war not... Read More

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