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Editor’s Choice

Michael Koryta’s HOW IT HAPPENED is a first rate thriller in the Harlan Coben tradition and includes one of the most cardiac-inducing climaxes since Meg Gardiner’s last UNSUB novel. The truth isn’t always the truth… In 2017’s I AM ANOTHER YOU, documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang finds herself...

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Brad Meltzer’s THE ESCAPE ARTIST is my favorite thriller of 2018 so far, and I’ve read a bunch of ‘em. A fast-paced and genuinely suspenseful story involving a mysterious plane crash, a tough-as-nails Army combat artist (yes, there apparently is such a thing), and a government mortician with a...

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Rodney Crowell revisits a dozen of his best songs on ACOUSTIC CLASSICS, which unfortunately isn’t subtitled VOLUME 1, because I’m starving for more. “Shame on the Moon” (which Bob Seger took to #2 on the pop charts back in the day) gets the biggest lyrical overhaul, while the hits from 1989’s...

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The monthly ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY luncheons in Fort Walton Beach are always a treat. The food and company are tip-top, and the guest speakers’ areas of expertise often extend far beyond the boundaries of paint on canvas. Recent luncheons have included a ceramic artist (Skip Deems, pictured here)...

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The first season of Amazon’s GOLIATH, starring Billy Bob Thornton as a down-and-out lawyer, was pretty good, but they’ve raised the bar (pun intended) for the second round of episodes. The storyline involves a wrongfully incarcerated youth, a Mexican drug cartel, a mayoral election, and Mr...

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Someday we can tell our grandchildren that for one brief, glorious moment during the summer of 2018, the power of social media was used for good. How a 14-year-old WEEZER fan (perhaps the only 14-year-old Weezer fan) convinced the band to cover Toto’s seminal 1982 hit “AFRICA” is anyone’s guess...

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You can’t judge an album by its cover, especially when you’re dealing with long-overdue Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe. True, the cover of THIS TRAIN IN CONCERT—which, oddly, does not include the song “This Train”—resembles an unholy marriage of Harvard...

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Robert B. Parker’s iconic Boston detective presses on, thanks to the latest from author Ace Atkins and narrator Joe Mantegna, OLD BLACK MAGIC: A SPENSER NOVEL. Audio has been my preferred method of delivery for this series, long before Mr. Atkins (masterfully) inherited the writing duties. This...

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Season 4 of Amazon’s BOSCH, based on Michael Connelly’s iconic detective (brilliantly portrayed by Titus Welliver), derives much of its storyline from the 1998 novel ANGELS FLIGHT. But the civil rights angle makes this 10-episode run as timely as ever, and several plot threads from the previous...

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GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX, a novella by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, was first published in 2017 and I’m embarrassed to say I missed it until I spotted a copy at the Destin Library. This coming of age story—seen through the eyes of a pre-adolescent girl—is charming and, of course, a touch creepy...

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