Alibi V.13 No.19 • May 6-12, 2004 

Speed Reader

The Sea House

Esther Freud
Ecco
hardcover
$24.95

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

Jonathon King
Dutton Books
hardcover
$23.95

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

Paul Bloom
Basic Books
hardcover
$26

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

Randall Sullivan
Atlantic Monthly Press
hardcover
$25

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.