Alibi V.13 No.5 • Jan 29-Feb 4, 2004 

Speed Reader

Charlie Opera

Carroll and Graft

A retired window-washer with a love of opera goes to Vegas on vacation and wakes up in a ditch behind a construction site. He soon finds himself mixed up with New York mobsters. Advance readers say Stella's latest crime novel is fast, funny and brilliant from start to finish.

Holy Fools

William Morrow

From the author of Chocolat comes this odd novel set in 17th century France about a gypsy acrobat named Juliette and her demonic lover. According to advance readers, lush prose and dark humor combine to make for an ambitious and gripping read.

The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shapes the American Revolution

Oxford University Press

Breen, a Northwestern University historian, delivers a novel analysis of the American Revolution by examining the role of colonists as consumers in an early American economy dominated by centralized British power. By doing so, he actually manages to say something new and original about a subject that otherwise seems to have been beaten to death.

Report from a Parisian Paradise: Essays from France, 1925-1939

W.W. Norton

Considered the greatest European newspaper correspondent of his age, Roth left Germany for France just before the Nazis rose to power. This collection of essays presents magnificent portraits of his beloved adopted country just before the world turned dark.