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»Padura fortifies his story with details culled from the many biographies of Trotsky (notably, Bertrand Patenaude’s recent Stalin’s Nemesis) to create a book which is James Ellroy-like in its scope and heft. At nearly 600 pages The Man Who Loved Dogs is certainly too heavy on the wrists, but all the same it’s absorbing.»

Ian Thomson

The many attempts to assassinate Trotsky: Ian Thomson about the novel The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura. His review at The Spectator.

»While Doctor Sleep is a very serviceable sequel to The Shining, it does lack the vertiginous attack and ability to frighten of early King.«

Ian Thomson

Stephen King isn’t as scary as he used to be, but Doctor Sleep is still a cracker, Ian Thomson says. His review at The Spectator.

»Before Dan Brown, Matthew Pearl wrote a much better Inferno-inspired whodunit, The Dante Club, set in 19th-century Boston. If Dante speaks to our present condition, it is not because we fear damnation (as Pearl was quick to point out) but because Dante wrote the epic of Everyman who sets out in search of salvation.«

Ian Thomson

Bibliographic thriller: Ian Thompson about Inferno by Dan Brown. His short review at The Spectator.