Ah, normality. It's so nice to be back in that state after what turned out to be a crazier-than-usual Edgar Week. But by "normality" I really mean "extremely tight deadlines" so I suspect the coming two weeks will be light on posts and long on stretches of being chained to the computer. Business as usual, indeed.
Also, the LA Times Book Prize was announced Friday evening, with Robert Littell taking the mystery/thriller award for LEGENDS. And my new column is up, featuring reviews of new books by Peter Abrahams, Carolyn Haines, George Shuman, Lisa Unger & Helene Tursten.
And so, the Update:
NYTBR: Walter Kirn pretty much flips head over heels for Gary Shteyngart's new novel ABSURDISTAN; Dwight Garner gets a little snarky about OAKDALE CONFIDENTIAL, the bestselling soap tie-in book ever; the continuing biography of Igor Stravinsky is applauded by Greg Sandow; and Kurt Andersen examines Gay Talese's new memoir in extreme detail.