Alibi V.13 No.13 • March 25-31, 2004 

Speed Reader

The Anatomy of Fascism

Robert O. Paxton
Knopf
hardcover
$26

Paxton cuts the bugger open and gives us a good, nasty look at its beating black heart. It ain't a pretty picture, but it's one we should all tape to our refrigerators to remind us to be vigilant in the face of new and mutating authoritarian threats around the world.

The Burglar on the Prowl

Lawrence Block
William Morrow
hardcover
$24.95

Bernie Rhodenbarr, everyone's favorite burglar, is back with a bang in the 10th installment of Lawrence Block's popular mystery series. This time he's recruited by a friend to burgle documents from a sleazy plastic surgeon.

Aloft

Chang-Rae Lee
Riverhead Books
hardcover
$24.95

The head of a family in crisis, Jerry Battle's single solace comes from flying his airplane. Advance readers say that Chang-Rae Lee's latest novel confirms this young Korean-American's reputation as one of the best new writers around.

Right as Rain

Bev Marshall
Ballantine Books
hardcover
$23.95

Mixing laughs with tragedy, Marshall sets this sprawling family epic in the South from the '40s through the '60s. Advance readers say Right as Rain is an elegantly crafted page turner.