September 19, 2004 |
Russell BOYD, a south Vermont state trooper with a heightened sense of life's potential for disaster, and Frank Kohler, a computer repairman with dreadful memories and a bleak-seeming future, are the apposite protagonists in Craig Nova's riveting, finely rendered, insight-provoking novel: Two somewhat similar yet crucially different cruisers along life's two-lane blacktop are unwittingly bound for a head-on collision. Or almost unwittingly.
July 30, 1989 |
Marie Boule, a pivotal character in Craig Nova's "Tornado Alley," describes herself early on in the novel as a "small-town girl who is almost dangerous with frustration." An only child, Marie lives with her parents in Baxter, Penn., a spiritually and culturally barren resort area for fishing and hunting. Together they run "Al Boule's Hilltop Store," specializing in "Guns, Food, Worms and Night Crawlers."
October 19, 1997 |
Whether they mean to be or not, novels set in Los Angeles are expected to be about Los Angeles: to pass judgment on the city's peculiarities, render the lay of the land, even to confirm its existence for skeptical outsiders who tend to view L.A. as a desert mirage. Its symbiosis with Hollywood gives L.A. a chimerical quality, as if it had been invented by screenwriters. The real city has always gotten tangled in literary hyperbole.
October 5, 1986 |
NIGHT TRAIN by Todd Walton (Mercury House: $17.95; 325 pp.). In his fourth novel, Todd Walton, author of the critically praised "Inside Moves" and "Louie & Women," delivers an unusual and often gripping tale that begins like a hard-boiled crime story and becomes something resembling science fiction.
September 28, 1986 |
In his fourth novel, Todd Walton, author of the critically praised "Inside Moves" and "Louie & Women," delivers an unusual and often gripping tale that begins like a hard-boiled crime story and becomes something resembling science fiction. Walton evokes a paranoid romanticism reminiscent of Craig Nova, Don DeLillo or Thomas Pynchon as he tracks the fate of Lily and Charlie, two down-and-out musicians on the run from an army of "very well-connected" thugs out not just for blood but for spirit.