my trashy novels for smart people


It’s cold up here in the Northeast…nothing like a REAL good book to warm your cockles.

  • The Eight by Katherine Neville – Catherine Velis is a computer expert who is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries.
  • Back Bay by William Martin. Six generations pursue a lost Paul Revere treasure from the days of old Boston to the Back Bay of modern day.
  • The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte – An art restorer sets out to solve the riddle of a 15th-century masterpiece in this multilayered thriller and finds that one murder begets another, down through five centuries.
  • The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte – Set in a world of antiquarian booksellers where dealers would gladly betray their own mothers to get their hands on a rare volume, The Club Dumas is a thinking person’s thriller: fallen angels, satanic manuals, and a passion for the works of Raphael Sabatini and Alexandre Dumas are woven through a tale of murder, sex, and the occult.
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – Science-fiction fantasy in the guise of an old-fashioned Victorian novel. A highly comic romp, its title is the subtitle of Jerome K. Jerome’s singular and hilarious, Three Men in a Boat .
  • Krippendorf’s tribe by Frank Parkin – [forget the movie!] To qualify for a research grant house-husband and anthropologist manque James Krippendorf invents an Amazonian tribe, the Shelmikedmu, a fine example of english black comedy.
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett – Pratchett’s wackiness collaborates with Gaiman’s morbid humor in a zale tale of switched babies, anti-christ and Armageddon.
  • Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt – Inheriting a magic ring from a dying badger, Malcolm Fisher suddenly finds himself in the middle of an hysterical present day Ring of der Nibelungen.
  • The Dutchman by Maan Meyers – In 1664 in the trading post of New Amsterdam, the slow-witted, drunken Schout (i.e., sheriff), Pieter Tonneman, must solve the mystery of a friend’s death before the British invade as threatened.
  • Zaddik by David Rosenbaum – An ex-cop from the NYPD, is called upon to recover a magnificent 72-carat diamond that was to be used as dowry in a historic wedding meant to unite two powerful, bitterly antagonistic Hasidic sects.
  • The body: A novel by Richard Sapir – A crucified body is found in a rich man’s tomb recently excavated in downtown Jerusalem and Rome sends the requisite Jesuit scholar/warrior for God to investigate.

I have been compiling this list for years…please suggest any additions!

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