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Whitcoulls recommends Hernan Diaz and Don Winslow

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Sun, 22 May 2022, 12:14pm

Whitcoulls recommends Hernan Diaz and Don Winslow

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 22 May 2022, 12:14pm

Trust by Hernan Diaz. Terrifically clever novel – it’s four interlinked books, the first of which tells the story of a hugely successful 1920’s NYC financier; the second the memoir of Andrew Bevel, a similarly successful man who claims the first book was a fiction based on his life, and who believes his wife was misrepresented and wants to set the record straight – which he attempts to do by hiring a young woman to write it for him. In the third story that young woman, Ida, recalls how she became engaged with the project – and 50 years later on revisiting it discovers an entirely different perspective on what she’d written way back then; and finally, the diary of the misrepresented wife. 

City on Fire by Don Winslow. Wonderful author. The first novel in an epic crime saga about the Irish and Italian crime syndicates in America during the 1980s and 90s. Set on Rhode Island, two criminal family's control all of New England – until a beautiful modern-day Helen of Troy comes between them, launching a war that will see them kill one another, destroy an alliance and set a city on fire. This is really gritty.