December 27, 1986 |
Robert Donat played Mr. Chips romantic in 1939. Peter O'Toole played him fey in 1969. In 1987, Roy Marsden plays Chips "tough." The BBC's version of James Hilton's classic 1934 story, airing in three parts on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" starting Jan. 4, employs the actor best known to Americans as the dour detective Chief Inspector Dalgliesh, who unravels P. D. James' puzzles on "Mystery!"
January 15, 2010 |
It is a world of bleak twilights and tortured souls. A world of cold dawns and dour sleuths. A world of frozen lakes and repressed detectives. A world of winters and losers. Yet as grim, glum and downright depressing as a Scandinavian setting for a mystery novel can be, something remarkable is afoot: Such novels continue to be fabulously popular in the United States and internationally. In the next few months, major new whodunits set in places such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland will be released, including "The Man From Beijing" (Knopf)
January 5, 2013 |
How does an author of seriously literary fiction discover one of his books was owned by Bernie Madoff, the investor who defrauded his clients of billions of dollars? He sees it listed in an auction on EBay. That's how Rick Moody came to know that Madoff's library included his novel "Purple America . " Parts of the Madoff library collection is appearing piecemeal on eBay from a seller who won the books (Lots 750, 751 and 752) in a U.S. Marshall's auction of some of Madoff's Florida possessions.
April 13, 1997 |
The finely layered life of an English village is such a fertile setting for the deliciously illicit that it is very nearly cliched. Writers from Agatha Christie to P. D. James have made it clear to us that the English have been busily sinning out in the hinterlands for generations, probably since the days of William the Conqueror. Indeed, adultery, duplicity and homicide seem as intrinsically British as tea and crumpets.
May 5, 2002
*--* Southern California Rating FICTION *--* *--* 1 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon (Picador: $15) Cousins in the comics biz 2 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Vintage: $14.95) A warmhearted novel about working-class lives in Maine 3 FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury (Ballantine: $6.99) An alternate future when government makes books the enemy 4 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler (Ballantine: $14.95) A mom gets another chance at love 5 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D.