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The Nature of Midnight by Robert Rice
A postal murder mystery set in Montana and Seattle in 1918 and present day, with strong local color and careful explication of postal procedure. Full-bodied characters, and Red State and Blue State locations get less-than-stereotypical treatment. Makes a reasonable case for unsolved mysteries surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania.
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
If you know who Leibniz was and you love pirates, this 800-page brick is for you. With a little more plot and rather less lecturing than Vol. 1, this middle volume of the trilogy is stronger than the start. Still huge and sprawling and, well, Baroque, it's a historical romp.
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Hell Screen by I.J. Parker
Tightly-written, this Heian-era Japanese mystery is emotionally honest and genuinely creepy, even as it verges on family drama. The protagonist is a detective with an extended web of commitments to sisters, a troublesome brother-in-law, and a bitter, dying mother. Drawn from the same well as van Gulik.
Rating: ★★★★☆

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saycestsay
Jul. 26th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I haven't seen *any* of these books.
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