Alibi V.13 No.19 • May 6-12, 2004 

Speed Reader

The Sea House


Sigmund's great granddaughter, Esther Freud, has created an elegantly crafted novel set in a coastal English village that cleverly weaves together two complementary narrative strands. Advance readers have said Freud's fourth novel is a beautiful piece of work.

Shadow Men

Dutton Books

In King's third Max Freeman novel, the ex-cop from Philly investigates the disappearance of a father and two sons in Florida's Everglades. With a grab bag of nasty secrets and cast of colorful characters, Shadow Men should appeal to both new fans and old.

Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

Basic Books

Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom sifts through the history of art, religion and morality and attempts to reconcile what he discovers with recent findings in child development research. Bloom has a lot of admirers, and readers have said his most recent book is funny, smart and a joy to read.

The Miracle Detective: An Investigation of Holy Visions

Atlantic Monthly Press

Sullivan travels around the world to hunt down researchers who investigate claims of religious visions. The Miracle Detective's balanced inquiry should provoke both wide-eyed believers and natural born skeptics.