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Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 am
Deep into his new novel, Testimony, author Scott Turow makes a prescient observation about trial lawyers through the thoughts of his protagonist, Willian ten Boom. “The truth is that every effective
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 am

The long road to sports equality began long ago

Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck.University of Illinois Press, 2017.The role of women in sports has traveled a somewhat winding road, occasionally strewn with potholes and det
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Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 am

Guessing what a 19th-century president would do today

Lincoln on Leadership for Today: Abraham Lincoln’s Approach to 21st Century Issues. By Donald T. Phillips, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.In his first nationally televised one-on-one interview, Donald Tr
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Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 am
 Writer Nelson Algren once observed that “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Fans of Chicago’s baseball teams would certainly disagree since October is the month of basebal
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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 am

A mystery that reads like a crime novel, minus guns

Creatures on Display, by Wm. Stage. Floppinfish Publishing Co. Ltd. I have always believed that the only thing more difficult than reading about sex is writing about it. Creatures on Display, by Wm. S
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:00 am

After his conviction, the governor disappears

The Governor’s Wife, by Michael Harvey. Knopf, 2015.Many fictional detectives and private investigators are identified with the cities of their authors. It is a means for the writer to share with th
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Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 am
In the interest of journalistic disclosure, I confess that I am not a Chicago Cubs fan. Indeed those who know me understand that if there were a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders f
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 am

Admirer, friend and protector during an antisemitic era

Lincoln and the Jews: A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell.Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.In the weeks preceding the controversial speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a jo
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 am
Rock Island Lines, by Dean Klinkenberg. Published by Travel Passages, 2014. 258 pages.Reading mystery novels on a regular basis brings to mind the observation that “it’s not the wand that pulls th

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