Alibi V.13 No.11 • March 11-17, 2004 

Speed Reader

Dead Line

Brian McGrory
Atria Books
hardcover
$25

Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory whips out his third taut political thriller. In Dead Line, reporter Jack Flynn is back again, this time investigating the murderous connections between a mayor's son and the theft of some valuable paintings.

Civil Wars: Gay Marriage in America

David Moats
Harcourt
hardcover
$25

Moats won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials supporting gay marriage. In Civil Wars, he documents in gripping and emotional detail the chronology leading up to Vermont passing the first state law allowing civil unions between gay couples.

The Last Goodbye

Reed Arvin
HarperCollins
hardcover
$23.95

Arvin has crafted an intelligent legal thriller about a down-on-his-luck lawyer who, while investigating the death of an old college buddy, unveils a string of murders that are somehow connected to a famous African American opera singer.

The Epicure's Lament

Kate Christensen
Doubleday
hardcover
$23.95

A failed, 40-year-old poet lives alone at his family's estate, smoking like a chimney despite the fact that he suffers from Buerger's disease, an affliction that is almost always fatal for smokers. According to advance readers, Christensen has created a peculiar but likeable antihero at odds with everyone around him. This one should be a zinger.