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THE BOY IN HIS WINTER by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"The philosophical and literary musings are inventive, and Lock manages to make the combination of brevity and tall-tale looseness mostly work. But for all its charms, the book ultimately seems pretty diffuse."
The latest from distinguished elder statesman Lock, winner of the Aga Khan Prize from the Paris Review, is an eclectic hybrid of literary appropriation, Zelig-like historical narrative, time-travel tale and old-style picaresque. Read full book review >

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LOVE AMONG THE PARTICLES by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories are remarkably easy to follow and savor."
A strange and engaging collection of short stories. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN METEOR by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period."
A young Civil War veteran ventures West, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way. Read full book review >

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THE PORT-WINE STAIN by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"This chilling and layered story of obsession succeeds both as a moody period piece and as an effective and memorable homage to the works of Edgar Allan Poe."
Doppelgängers, literary intrigue, unhealthy obsessions, and a secret society of the death-obsessed menace a young man in this novel of 1840s Philadelphia. Read full book review >

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A FUGITIVE IN WALDEN WOODS  by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Precisely structured and abounding with memorable characters, this novel invokes the past while feeling decidedly relevant to contemporary issues and debates."
The protagonist of Lock's latest novel escapes from slavery and falls in with a group of transcendentalist thinkers in New England. Read full book review >

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If someone asked you to guess how many books have been written about Adolf Hitler or Germany’s World War II–era army, you might think, “Do I have to?” And you would be forgiven for reacting that way: even if you don’t know the number of books, you know the tally must be overwhelming (in fact, a cursory search on ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT by Samuel Lock
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Told in the voice of a now older and wiser Richard, Lock's charming, conversational novel is enchanting enough that gaps in the story don't seem to matter."
A first novel by British playwright and screenwriter Lock offers an endearing coming-of-age fable set in London in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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DEAD END by Joan Lock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Stuffed with more historical events and subplots than Bainbridge's is with departments. The abrupt resolutions to Best's personal suffering and the various mysteries don't do enough to dispel the murky atmosphere of a coal town"
Victorian Insp. Best, depressed by the tragic outcome of his last case (Dead Letters, 2003), departs London for cold, depressing Newcastle, where several young girls have gone missing. Read full book review >

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DEAD LOSS by Joan Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2006

"The lack of a satisfying climax leaves the Author's Note the most interesting part of this incoherent Victorian procedural."
Confusion reigns as Fenian bombs explode in London. Read full book review >

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DEAD LETTERS by Joan Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Best's third case is a middling period procedural most likely to appeal to readers who'd like to see Victoriana get blown up."
Stalwart Victorian Inspector Ernest Lock (Dead Born, not reviewed, etc.) goes up against more killers than one in 1880 London. Read full book review >