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Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 12:53 PM

“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 people till they crack. It’s a sensible device that relies heavily on energy and persistence.

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Matthew Quick has looked through the silver lining.

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 12:07 PM

There are certain types of books and movies that have fascinated me for so long that I have no idea when I first encountered them. It just seems like they’ve always been a part of my life. I have loved “film noir” crime films and “hard-boiled...

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM

“Farmed and Dangerous,” by Edith Maxwell. Kensington Books, New York, 2015. $25.As if Cameron Flaherty, the intrepid farmer trying to grow a business and organic produce on Boston’s North Shore, didn’t have enough to worry about.

Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 10:48 AM

The summer stretches for miles, and you’ve got plans.

Updated May 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

“New England Open House Cookbook,” by Sarah Leah Chase. Workman Publishing, New York, 2015. 400 pages. $22.95.There as many reasons to like “New England Open House Cookbook” by Sarah Leah Chase as there are clams in your chowder.

Updated May 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

“The Light of the World.” By Elizabeth Alexander. Grand Central Publishing, New York, 2015. 209 pages. $26.

Updated May 18, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Don’t want to spend your beach days flipping through tabloid mags? Looking for something to read on the airplane flight to your summer vacation destination? We’ve rounded up some of the summer’s hottest book...

Updated May 18, 2015 at 12:29 PM

It’s November, not April, when a group of American pilgrims set out to trace the route of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” Still, in Charlotte author Kim Wright’s “The Canterbury Sisters,” a lot of tales are spun, and a lot of dirt is dished.

Updated May 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Pick up your toys, please.

Updated May 12, 2015 at 11:12 AM

“Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” by Jon Krakauer. Doubleday, New York, 2015. 367 pages. $28.95.

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