Quarry, by Max Allan Collins (1976)

Quarry, by Max Allan Collins (1976)

After the old guard of mystery/hard-boiled/detective writers mostly died out about 10 years ago, Max Allan Collins (1948- ) has quietly assumed their mantle of greatness.  I’m thinking in particular of Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, and Donald Westlake.  Collins...
The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu

Brilliant Chinese “hard” science fiction from Cixin Liu (aka Liu Cixin, if you are Chinese). The book is many things.  It plays an unpredictable switch on first contact stories, because the scientists who make first contact are disaffected with their own...