Beneath the Wall, by Eryn LaPlant (Black Lyon Publishing, 2012, 313 pages)
This is a debut novel for LaPlant, who lives in Springfield, Illinois surrounded by history–oddly fitting for a woman who freely admits to fantasize about living in the past. A love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam conflict, this first novel is well worth a read.
The Racketeer, by John Grisham (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012)
Grisham can always be counted on to write a good legal thriller, and so far this one is one of the best I’ve read. Is Grisham displaying his disdain for a runaway federal prosecutorial system, a system that cares more about racking up convictions than about perhaps putting innocent men in federal prisons? Sure seems like it in The Racketeer.
The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, 2012)
The author of Tuesdays with Morrie takes us into time and time again, where we meet a two thousand year old man with unresolved regrets, a young woman who wishes time would end and an 82 year old control-freak who wants it to go on forever. All of them are missing something important, and Albom tells us how in this modern allegory of lives lived without understanding.