Books by Linda Spalding

THE PURCHASE by Linda Spalding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Too slow-paced and dark for the casual reader, but a serious, probing look at the interaction of character and environment during a seminal period in American history."
A displaced Pennsylvanian acquires a slave, with disastrous consequences, in Spalding's (Who Named the Knife, 2007, etc.) brooding latest. Read full book review >
WHO NAMED THE KNIFE by Linda Spalding
TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A literary tapestry of true crime, memoir and personal essay that simultaneously enthralls and disturbs."
A stint as a juror leads, many years later, to a relationship with a convicted killer. Read full book review >
A DARK PLACE IN THE JUNGLE by Linda Spalding
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 21, 1999

"The picture here of Galdikas's activities is unremittingly distressing and raises serious questions to which she will have to respond."
Bad press for primatologist BirutÇ Galdikas and her work with the orangutans of Borneo, from novelist Spalding (The Paper Wife, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PAPER WIFE by Linda Spalding
Released: April 15, 1996

"Unfortunately, though, she overshadows these elements with her hectic plot—one that in the end brings us no closer to understanding the characters she so nicely crafts."
Despite an intriguing start full of psychologically complex relationships and ambiguous connections, Spalding's second novel (after Daughters of Captain Cook, 1989) pales halfway through without ever regaining its initial vibrancy. Read full book review >