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Archive for March, 2019

St. Louis Provides Novel’s Setting for Dysfunctional Altruists

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It was practically the Alter family credo, an anti-Hippocratic oath: “First, Do No Good.”

In keeping with that possible credo, Arthur has a girlfriend 30 years his junior whom he was seeing even when Francine was dying. The offspring suspect that Arthur has ulterior motives for inviting them home, but, optimistically, they fly to St. Louis anyway.

You can read my review of Andrew Ridker’s Altruists in March 17, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by clicking on the image below.

You can buy Andrew Ridker’s first novel, The Alchemists, at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

March 16th, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Jonathan Lethem’s Latest, ‘The Feral Detective,’ is More than the Usual Whodunit.

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Like any good detective story, there’s plenty of adventure, violence, some sex, and there’s that opossum, too. Everyone loves opossums, don’t they? But this allegory disguised as a detective story portrays political division in America – between rural and city folk, men and women, old and young.

You can read my review of Jonathan’s Feral Detective, by Jonathan Lethem by clicking the picture below.


You can buy The Feral Detective, Jonathan Lethem at Barnes and Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

March 3rd, 2019 at 8:55 pm