I don’t read too many books in the thriller genre, even though many cross my desk; flip-through-and-toss-out is usually how it goes. But The Cold Kiss, by John Rector, is a highly rewarding exception. This is one I just couldn’t stop reading: It’s an old-fashioned suspenser about a young couple on the lam, who decide to give a sickly man a lift — only to end up snowbound in a motel with his dead body . . . and the hundreds of thousands of dollars they discover hidden in his luggage. It’s a classic noir set-up, and one that, in this instance, doesn’t let the reader go. This is Rector’s first published novel, and it hits the stores this week — just in time for the heat wave: There’s no better place to spend a few imaginative hours these days than Rector’s snowbound motel.
Every election people talk about an “October surprise” that upends the conventional wisdom about the outcome. Well, it appears we can see the contours of at least one October surprise. The Democrats have managed to shoot themselves in the foot with their handling of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the ... Read More
In the most recent issue of National Review (“The Case against Pope Francis,” October 29, 2018), NR senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote, “The Francis pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries and accountability for malefactors at the Vatican. Instead, almost the ... Read More
In Brooklyn, there is an occult bookshop called Catland Books. “Catland” is, one imagines, an apt description of the homes of the women who congregate there. The operators of the establishment have announced that they are planning to hold a special hex session this weekend to make Supreme Court justice ... Read More
Well, did you think Rod Rosenstein was going to say, “You got me. The Mueller probe was inappropriate and politicized?” No, you didn’t. And the deputy attorney general did not disappoint. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Rosenstein defended the investigation as “appropriate ... Read More
With Election Day a little more than two weeks away, Republican Senate candidates in Arizona and Missouri appear to have a small lead over their Democratic opponents. In Arizona, a New York Times/Siena poll shows Republican congresswoman Martha McSally ahead of Democratic congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema by two ... Read More