Review: Robin Cook’s latest thriller, combining medical and religious issues, is no nail-biter

“Intervention” (Putnam, 387 pages, $25.95), by Robin Cook: Ever productive Robin Cook is out with his 29th novel in some 30 years. Is it his usual one, exploring a hot medical topic? Not quite. In “Intervention,” the author attempts to combine two genres — medical and religious thrillers. Unfortunately, the result is less than stellar.

Review: A deftly written post-9/11 tale of refugee and immigrant life in Middle America

“Short Girls” (Viking, 292 pages, $25.95), by Bich Minh Nguyen: Bich Minh Nguyen enriches her first novel with such incisive personal and cultural observations that she creates a whole much greater than its parts.

Clean sweep: Readers prefer “Julia” to “Julie”

NEW YORK —On paper and on screen, “Julia” is stealing the show from “Julie.”

No politics or sex: Myanmar artists gasp for breath in junta’s stifling grip

YANGON, Myanmar —Hours before the performance art show was to open to the public, the censors arrived and the grilling began. Under their watchful gaze, the nine artists performed parts of their works, aware that every movement could arouse suspicion.

Stockin’ up: Free e-books offerings are the latest craze

NEW YORK — James Patterson’s latest best seller, “The Angel Experiment,” is a little different from his usual hits. The novel isn’t new; it came out four years ago. Readers aren’t picking it up at bookstores, but mostly on the Kindle site at

Oscar-winning ‘On the Waterfront’ screenplay writer Budd Schulberg dies in NY at 95

NEW YORK — Budd Schulberg, the son of a studio boss who defined the Hollywood hustle with his novel “What Makes Sammy Run?” and later proved himself a player with his Oscar-winning screenplay for “On the Waterfront,” died Wednesday at age 95.

Travel briefs

Leaf-peeping in Iowa: Mississippi River, bridges of Madison County

Actor Del Toro accepts Cuban government award in Havana visit with Duval, Murray, Caany

benicio-del-toroIn Cuba, Del Toro wins award with Murray on hand



1. “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown (Doubleday)



1. “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown (Doubleday)


Key: F-Fiction; NF-Nonfiction; H-Hardcover; P-Paperback

Obituaries in the news

Stuart Kaminsky

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prolific mystery writer Stuart Kaminsky, whose 70 books included one the Mystery Writers of America deemed the best mystery novel of 1989, has died at a hospital in St. Louis. He was 75.


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