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Monday, April 26, 2004

Monday monday 

And just to let you all know: this will probably be the last of the morning updates for a while because starting tomorrow, this blog will be all about Edgar, Edgar, Edgar. Edgar Week, that is, with the associated parties, gossip, and goings-on. If I can get my act together, I might even post pictures, too. We shall see. But in the meantime:

When was the last time I lined to Janet Maslin's reviews? I can't even remember. But this time I must as she takes on the new books by Boris Akunin and Alexander McCall Smith, and finds both to her liking, although Akunin's LEVIATHAN seems to fall down by "amplifying racist stereotypes" prevalent in the late 19th century setting the book uses.

Patrick Anderson is entertained by William Lashner's new legal thriller PAST DUE, but wonders whether Lashner could produce a great crime novel a la MYSTIC RIVER if only he'd tone down the wisecracks. Possibly, or he could produce standalone templates a la Harlan Coben....

As WH Smith seems to go into the crapper (and is trying to sell off one of its biggest assets, Hodder Headline) the International Herald Tribune tries to analyze what exactly went wrong.

A newly discovered diary of Albert Einstein's final year of life sheds additional light on the man and his mind, as reported by the Guardian.

Janni Visman's atmospheric new psychological thriller, YELLOW, is reviewed in today's Independent.

Hee hee--BERGDORF BLONDES, the digested read. Almost as funny as Choire's review in the NYTBR some time back.

I don't know what I like better: when Kevin Burton Smith loves a book, or when he doesn't. Either is entertaining, but luckily for George Pelecanos, Kevin really dug HARD REVOLUTION.

And finally, the mysterious--oh hell, it's truly bizarre--death of a leading Sherlock Holmes expert leads to a no-decision after an inquest was conducted. Anyone want to take a crack at solving this mystery?

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