• Boise Confidential

    A local writer takes on a local murder
      There's something fascinating about reading true crime novels. Whether it's the dark and seedy underworld to be glimpsed, or the allure of watching a crime and its solution unfold, these books are like the cookie dough of the literary world: They aren't good for you, and have no nutritional value, but damn if you just can't stop consuming them.
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  • Death in the Sticks

    McManus' latest brings Blight to Idaho
      Patrick F. McManus is best known for his witty writings on the outdoors in his columns for Field and Stream and Outdoor Life and in his many books such as The Bear in the Attic and Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing. In his new novel, The Blight Way (Simon & Schuster, 2006), McManus tries his hand at mystery writing.
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  • The Last Night

    A fictional look into Nietzche's abyss
      When I was in high school, I read William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; actually, I ended up reading it twice. If you've not read it, the book is the story of one particularly screwed-up family, the Compsons, and is divided into four sections. It's the first section that's relevant to this review ...
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