Alibi V.13 No.24 • June 10-16, 2004 

Speed Reader

E.L. Doctorow

Sweet Land Stories
Random House
hardcover
$22.95

In his first new short story collection since the mid '80s, Doctorow offers up five stories that puncture the bright, bloated balloon of the American dream. From the White House to a tiny Midwest town to a cult commune in Kansas, Doctorow burrows his way through the heart of the nation, delivering fine tales in the process.

Live Bait

P.J. Tracy
Penguin USA
hardcover
$23.95

P.J. Tracy is actually two people—a mom and daughter team with a talent for crafting great Minnesota-based murder mysteries. This time out, two wise-ass police detectives must investigate the murder of a gardener found dead in a greenhouse with a bullet in his head.

Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism

Ron Rosenbaum (editor)
Random House
paper
$16.95

With anti-Semitism on the rise—in the Middle East, in Europe and, surprisingly, in the diatribes of various contemporary left-wing thinkers—the timing couldn't be better for this compilation of 50 essays examining this disturbingly tenacious social disease.

Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror

Douglas Farah
Broadway
hardcover
$24.95

As a reporter for the Washington Post, Farah revealed the connections between al Qaeda, diamond smuggling and Charles Taylor's brutal repression in Liberia. In Blood From Stones, Farah digs into additional aspects of the terror-financing network as well as the U.S. government's embarrassingly disorganized intelligence services.