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Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM

“The Fixer,” by Joseph Finder. Dutton, New York, 2015. 416 pages. $27.95.A down-on-his-luck Boston investigative reporter who loses his job, his fashion-model-gorgeous girlfriend, his home and a good hunk of his self-esteem has nowhere to go but up. This is Boston author Joseph Finder’s operating premise and it’s one we journalists happily embrace. You can’t keep a good muckraker down — at least in fiction.

Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Some published novels should never see the light of day. Ernest Hemingway’s reputation has suffered from the posthumous release of such wretched drafts as “True at First Light.” Papa Hemingway didn’t release them in his lifetime, and we can tell...

Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

“The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth,” by Joseph and Joyce Singular. Counterpoint, Berkeley, Calif., 2015. 289 pages. $26.

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM

“The Mountain Story,” by Lori Lansens. Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015. 312 pages. $26.

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes it can’t be helped.

Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Reclusive 87-year-old author Harper Lee’s follow-up to "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be released tomorrow, but you can

Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM

“Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories,” by Jerome Charyn. Liveright Publishing Corp./Division of W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 2015. 223 pages. $24.95.

Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” by Judd Apatow. Random House, 2015. $27.

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM

“Brutality,” by Ingrid Thoft. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2015. 452 pages. $26.95.

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Matthew Quick has looked through the silver lining.

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

There are certain types of books and movies that have fascinated me for so long that I have no idea when I first encountered them. It just seems like they’ve always been a part of my life. I have loved “film noir” crime films and “hard-boiled...

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