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Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 9:17 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 8:35 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 27, 2015 at 8:21 AM

It’s been heartbreaking to see so many intelligent, well-intentioned people wringing their hands in horror at the release of “Go Set A Watchman,” Harper Lee’s sequel — or maybe rough draft — to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Particularly at issue is the...

Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 8:13 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 9:28 AM

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

Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 8:21 AM

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

Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 1:04 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 1:12 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 8:12 AM

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

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM

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

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Matthew Quick has looked through the silver lining.

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