NEXT by James Hynes. An editor of a small magazine in Ann Arbor travels to Austin on a job interview and spends the day examining his life. What happens NEXT will knock you out.
THE THING THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien. Simply the best fictional evocation of the Vietnam War I’ve read. Heartbreaking.
THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman. A group of linked stories concerning the employees of a small Italian newspaper as well as the fate of the newspaper itself.
BROKEN SHORE by Peter Temple. Joe Cashin, a city homicide cop recovering from an injury, returns to the town where he grew up to investigate the death of elderly millionaire. After three aboriginal teens try to sell the man’s missing watch, the cops ambush the boys, killing two. Joe decides to find the truth on his own when it’s pushed aside. A terrific book that deserves all the accolades it’s received.
FATHER OF THE RAIN by Lily King. A woman about to embark on her academic career is drawn back through time when her father calls on her for help.
THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD by Dave Zeltserman. The tenth generation caretaker of Lorne Field pushes on despite the town’s disbelief in his mission to save them from a terrible fate. Not a misplaced word or emotion in this terrific horror story.
STONER by John Williams. Simply the finest book I read last year. Written fifty years ago, and seeming ever old-fashioned for then, this is the story of a professor who loves his job too much and the price he pays for that.
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE by Laura Lippman. A letter from a death row inmate forces a woman to face her long-buried past. This book goes in surprising directions in plumbing the depths of despair of the lone survivor of a series of murders.
CEMETERY ROAD by Gar Anthony Harwood. A work from a mature writer who well understands the effect of regret and guilt on a man's life. Wonderful and wrenching
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patricia Abbott has published more than fifty stories in literary and crime fiction outlets. Check out more from Patti at Pattinase.