Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chet Williamson to Ross Macdonald

SECOND CHANCE, written and read by Chet Williamson, is a literate cross genre suspense involving time travel, eco-terrorism, and nostalgic 60s romance.  Atmospheric and different, it moves at a measured pace, an unusual mix of genres that renders a fantastical plot more believable by avoiding cliches.  WE THE ANIMALS by Justin Torres is a short yet magical novel about a Brooklyn family featuring three brothers who grow up in intensely alive relationships full of conflict, hopes, and off-the-charts imagination.  Narrator to this poetic, well-written story is Frankie J. Alvarez.  THE GALTON CASE by Ross Macdonald, like "The Ivory Grin," is another classic mystery story read by Grover Gardner.  MEETING EVIL is an early novel by master mystery novelist Thomas Berger, read by Bronson Pinchot.  Another missed classic, RED HARVEST by Dashiell Hammett is read by Richard Ferrone.  LAST MAN IN TOWER by Aravind Adiga is a novel set in Mumbai about a real estate developer whose plans for a crumbling apartment building's space is thwarted by a schoolteacher who refuses to leave and generates resistance among the building's residents.  Winning of a major prize for his novel "The White Tiger," Adiga here finds voice for his characters through actor Sam Dastor. 

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