literature

Top 10 Movies Made From Books: #8 Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke

Top 10 Movies Made From Books: #8 Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke

Top 10 Movies Made From Books #10 Rising Sun by Michael Crichton #9 The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver #8 Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke Heaven’s Prisoners is probably the least recognizable title on this list. The 1996 film release starred Alec Baldwin and Kelly Lynch. Baldwin played ex-police detective from New Orleans battling […]

Best in Fall History 2013: #4 The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan

Best in Fall History 2013: #4 The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan

Best in Fall History 2013: #7 Lincoln in the World by Kevin Perraino #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser #5 One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson #4 The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan With the 100th anniversary of the opening salvoes of World War I right around […]

Best in Fall History 2013: #5 One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Best in Fall History 2013: #5 One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

If there’s anything you can say about Bill Bryson’s work, you practically guarantee that it will be compulsively readable. All Bryson’s best works delve strongly into history, and his newest work, One Summer: America, 1927 looks to continue the trend. A lot was happening in late 1920s America. By picking this particular stretch of American […]

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

Fall is a favorite season for many reasons: the football, beautiful scenery as the leaves change, and of course high profile book releases just in time for Christmas shopping. Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a good one for history lovers. We’ve picked our 2013 Best in Fall History beginning last week with #7 […]

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

In the second decade of the 20th Century, a male nurse strolled into a New York City police station with something to say. Surrendering to police, the man confessed to murdering 8 nursing home patients with chloroform. It was plainly obvious he was guilty, but proving it turned out to be fiendishly difficult. Distressingly, the […]

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Six Years by Harlan Coben

If you’re familiar with Code 451’s Reading Room, it is well established that we are quite fond of Harlan Coben’s books. Over the years he’s shown a wonderful ability to take his plot and twist the reader in a direction we never saw coming. Coben’s Myron Bolitar series is outstanding with a nice blend of […]

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is a bestselling writer of 24 novels. His most recent work, Six Years, is a terrific standalone. (To read the Code 451 review of Six Years, click here.) Coben has written 12 standalone novels, 10 featuring Myron Bolitar, and 2 teen novels featuring Myron’s nephew Mickey Bolitar. He is as good a mystery […]

Tried & True, Repackaged For You!

Tried & True, Repackaged For You!

As the seasons come and go, the great reads remain solid as granite in the memory of man. Unfortunately for publishers, as the seasons change so do the tastes of the reading public. Yesterday’s bestseller is simply today’s drab book. While it is said that one should never judge a book by its cover, the […]

Modern Mystery and Detective Authors: #2 John Sandford

Modern Mystery and Detective Authors: #2 John Sandford

I read quite a few genres of fiction, however one of my first loves were mysteries. Whether it be Arthur Conan Doyle’s great Sherlock Holmes or Dashiell Hammett with the likes of The Maltese Falcon or The Thin Man. While we could debate the classic mystery novelist for years, we are also fortunate to have […]

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #3 Lee Child

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #3 Lee Child

I read many genres from sports biographies, business and finance, thrillers, action and spy, and even the occasional science fiction novel, but my first love was detective and mystery novels. I’ve read every Sherlock Holmes novel from Arthur Conan Doyle and many, including the best detective novel in history (one man’s opinion) The Maltese Falcon, […]

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