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Angel Of Darkness Caleb Carr (Little Brown £15.99)


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lhs :s a seguel o‘ sorts, featuring the same divergent out forthright tharat ters who handed together in 189‘) as an art-not detet trve agenty Putting a serra: killer A year later, they are patting to l);l.l(l a watertight (ase against a (ortnrvng k.dnapper who -s (onnet ted to tne deatns of several (-‘lrr(Il("‘. in susprt :oust rt umstantes

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Scepticism Inc. 80 Fowler (Cape £9.99)



Billed as a hilarious satrre' on organised religion and 'the greatest novei ever narrated by a supermarket trolley', St ept/(rsm //l( tells the story of Edgar lvlalroy, founder of a (ham of metaphysrtal hettrng shops Religious ‘nuts' as they are referred to, place bets for vast amounts of mOney to demonstrate the strength of their

faith Of tourse the pets (an never be proved and Steptrt rsrn Int hetomes a sarldly suttessful 'll‘tlllllldlf()l‘(l: ousrness vvnose motto is 'Who Knows, and WHO presents ( usto'ners thil hadges stating ‘l've put my money where my metaphysits are'

Sadly Bo Fonz'ler‘ is no Lenny Brute anti nahat satire there purports to he rs juvenile, not prtrng lf you find the idea of Vatrtan issued (()rl(1()rris‘v‘v'hrtt‘ glov-i II‘ the dark hearing the prtture ot' the VleJ‘. Mother hilarrotrs then this :s the 1)()()K for you Otherwse it reads ifkf‘ a dissertation with some “.‘vd( Ky hits to tattn the tutors eye Alv‘rxr

Martin Dressler: The Tale Of An American


Steven lvlillltauser (Phoenix House £12.99)



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A truly remarkable at hrevement, Mart/n Dress/er, \‘.'hi( h earned its author the 1997 Pulrt/er Prr/e for fittron, Imprints itself (telrtately, rno‘elrhly onto the reader's mind, leavrng a dark resrdua! phantom set of memories, etht) ret oller trons of plates never seen

lhe son of a (rgar maker, Martinis porn and the New York of the late 19th (entury Ambitious Ill a turrous, o'etat hed way, he negrns a rapid (Irml), astendrng the ladders of opportunity Leaving tne topattonrsts of ms rnherrtante, he moves from hotel heli- ooy to owning and handing rnt reasrngly plrantasmagorrtal hotels of nrs own eret trng the stuff of dreams high on hard steel frames

Movrng everyvrxhere around lvlrllhauser's :mmat ulately Judged prose rs the I)(l(I\()I()Llll(I sense of a (rty in the slow vrolente of itself, the perpetual hum of progress, the deafening and soundless grind of one (entury ahuttrng another We retognrse the hrrth of our own dyrng (entury

Wrth hrs vague, abstratt ambition, Martin rs (reator, produtt and (aptrve of hrs own Amerrtan Dream one full of half seen strangers and sharp hauntrng details, where the fantastrt and the everyday to-exrst, a dream that is a world but, like all other dreams, must fade frnally away tDLl

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