Lovers of literary form and accomplishment, those with an existentialist bent, or anyone still haunted by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, will devour Sultry Moon, a near-perfect example The Novella. Concentrated, lean, and powerful, this winner of Mexico's National Book Award takes place over three days and four chapters. Ramiro Bernardez, successful and polished, returns from studies abroad to begin a highly-anticipated career in law. Over the course of a dinner party, however, he falls in love with his host's daughter and becomes a rapist and murderer, on the run from his crime and psychologically invisible to himself. Erotic, horrifying, and breathlessly intense, Giardinelli has created nothing short of a masterpiece.
By Downie, Ruth
Downie continues her Roman Empire mystery series with this sixth offering starring Gaius Ruso and his wife Tilla. In northern Britannia, a young British boy goes missing, and accusations fly that he was abducted by one of the soldiers. Fans of historical mysteries wiill celebrate this new release, while newcomers will want to start at the beginning, with Medicus (2006), Terra Incognita (2008), Persona non Grata (2009), Caveat Emptor (2011), and Semper Fidelis (2013).