Winnipeg Free Press column, March 4, 2017

In Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg’s The House of Secrets (Grand Central, 398 pages, $11), Jack Nash, the host of a conspiracy-themed television series, is killed in a car accident. His children, Hazel and Skip, survive. An FBI agent comes to see Hazel in the hospital, spinning a tale of murder and mystery: a man is dead, … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, March 4, 2017

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Winnipeg Free Press column, March 3, 2018

  If you’re a fan of the 1942 film Casablanca — and, really, how could you not be? — then you will absolutely want to read Noah Isenberg’s splendid We’ll Always Have Casablanca (Norton, 336 pages, $24). The author traces the film’s history from its origin as an unsold play about the threat of German anti-Semitism, through its production … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, March 3, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press Column, November 2017

Chris Smith’s The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History (Grand Central, 459 pages, $25) tells the story of the Comedy Central satirical comedy show in the words of its creators, hosts, correspondents, guest stars, writers, satirical targets, critics and producers. Like James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ Live From New York — the classic oral history of Saturday Night … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press Column, November 2017

Winnipeg Free Press Column, October 2017

The Grip of It (FSG Originals, 288 pages, $21) by Jac Jemc is everything you wished Jay Ansen’s The Amityville Horror had been: smart, elegantly written, and terrifying. Julie and James uproot themselves from the city and move to a small town, where they buy a house that soon begins to exhibit the sort of behaviour you don’t … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press Column, October 2017

Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

Dracula the Un-Dead (Penguin, 591 pages, $14) is a rousing and occasionally very frightening sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Authors Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, working from Bram Stoker's handwritten notes, have taken his characters and crafted a new story, set a quarter century after Dracula. Not only do they continue the story of Mina … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2016

Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X (St. Martin’s, 416 pages, $14) introduces us to a new action hero. Evan Smoak used to be a government assassin. Now he lives in anonymity, using his unique skills to help people who have nowhere else to turn. Imagine his surprise when he discovers someone has used his own carefully designed protocols to … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2016

Winnipeg Free Press column, September 2017

A cargo ship is stranded in the Arctic Ocean. A massive storm threw it way off course, and most of the crew is out of commission, suffering from a nasty flu. The water around the ship has frozen, and it looks as if certain death lies ahead for the crew of the Arctic Promise. But … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, September 2017