A perfect end-of-the-summer beach book

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  As I head off for a two-week vacation, I want to recommend a wonderful thriller I just read, Joseph Finder’s “Vanished” (St. Martin’s Press). I couldn’t save this perfect beach book for my own jaunt to Delaware because I had to read “Vanished” to prepare for an interview with the author that will run […] [Read More]

‘A Solo Act’ becomes ‘Too Much Money’

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I didn’t have much time to write the blog posting below about Dominick Dunne yesterday — right after I put those few notes together, I had to come up with the 24-inch obit/tribute that ran in the newspaper and online this morning (see link below). “Nick” Dunne was one of my favorite interviews because he […] [Read More]

The passing of Dominick Dunne

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David Patrick Columbia reported in his New York Social Diary blog earlier today that novelist and journalist Dominick Dunne lost his two-year battle with bladder cancer last night at his Manhattan home. The 83-year-old Hartford native spent a lot of his time in a cozy retreat near the Connecticut River in Hadlyme where I was lucky enough to interview […] [Read More]
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Murder (and nostalgia) on the North Carolina shore

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Margaret Maron has won nearly every prize given to mystery fiction for her novels about North Carolina judge Deborah Knott. Maron kicked off the series 16 years ago with “Bootlegger’s Daughter.” The new “Sand Sharks” (Grand Central Publishing) is the 15th book about this very wise and witty woman who manages to run into almost as […] [Read More]

Gay ‘Lincoln’: preaching to the converted at the NYC Fringe

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  With more than 200 plays to choose from spread out over two weeks — and a universal $15 ticket price — the NYC Fringe is one of the great summer bargains and theater adventures. $15 is barely more than the price of a movie ticket in New York City and in past summers I’ve […] [Read More]

Getting off the beaten path in New York City

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I’ve been having fun reading the text by Naomi Fertitta and enjoying the photography of Paul Aresu in the new guide book/coffee-table book, “New York: The Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods” (Universe). The title says it all. Fertitta and Aresu take the intimidation factor out of New York by zeroing in on small neighborhoods […] [Read More]
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A parent’s worst nightmare

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Linwood Barclay has come up with a terrific premise for his new thriller, “Fear the Worst” (Bantam), in which a college-age girl goes missing in the first chapter and her divorced dad learns she has been (inexplicably) lying about her summer job at a local hotel. Barclay’s down-to-earth hero Tim Blake is shocked when his […] [Read More]
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‘A room in the house where the dad sighs’

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I wish I didn’t already have plans for Sunday night because I would love see the New Hampshire band, Wild Light, that is opening for The Wallflowers at The Ridgefield Playhouse. I’ve been hooked on the debut CD, “Adult Nights” (Star Time International/Columbia), for the past few weeks. These are songs of substance played with […] [Read More]

Where were you when the lights went out?

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Summer has been rushing by too quickly.   It wasn’t until last night that I was able to get to the Yale Summer Cabaret for the first time this season and I am very glad I had the chance to catch the world premiere musical, “Fly-By-Night.” Sadly, this is the final production of the summer […] [Read More]

Hot fun in the summertime

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“A Perfect Getaway” barely registered in terms of box-office gross last weekend, but it’s a very entertaining and very unpretentious little horror movie with a neat twist at the end. The movie’s reliance on solid acting and clever plotting seems positively old-fashioned in this era of torture porn like the “Saw” series and the recent […] [Read More]