The Reading List: 4 Great Books for December
Round out your winter reading list with these new releases.
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Before her death earlier this year at the age of 85, British baroness Ruth Rendell was the ruling grande dame of crime fiction, having earned a wide following for her police procedurals and psychological thrillers. Dark Corners, her posthumous novel, examines the twisted relationship that develops between a man mired in guilt and the tenant who blackmails him. Like the rest of the Rendell canon, it’s captivating and sinister.
The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson
Thomas Levenson brings his knack for sharp narrative to The Hunt for Vulcan: an account of our solar system’s “missing” planet-and the scientists who helped solve the puzzle.
John Le Carré: The Biography by Adam Sisman
The pre-eminent spy novelist and author known as John le Carré is as elusive as his secret-agent characters. Sisman, an acclaimed biographer (An Honourable Englishman), shines a light on the man behind the nom de plume in John Le Carré: The Biography.
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
In 1995, Maguire reimagined Oz with his hit book Wicked. He pays a similar visit to Wonderland in After Alice, tracking Alice’s pal Ada as she follows her friend down the rabbit hole.