Ellen Heltzel: Great Summer Reads
Ellen Heltzel, Book Critic and author of "Between the Covers," joined us with her picks for the best summer reads:
STIEG LARSSON LOOKALIKES: The success of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels has sent the Swedish crime novel craze into overdrive. These two lead the pack.
"The Snowman," by Jo Nesbo -- A serial killer is on the loose, leaving a snowman (it's Sweden, after all) as his calling card. Police investigator Harry Hole not only has the instincts to crack the case, but the brooding detective persona that is a standard feature of the crime genre in Scandinavia.
"The Hypnotist," by Lars Kepler -- Here we have a fast-paced thriller in which a doctor and a detective are brought together after a man and his family are brutally slaughtered. The doc reluctantly hypnotizes the surviving son to find out what happened, and that's just the start of his road down a dark tunnel toward solving the crime.
CIVIL WAR REMEMBERED: It's the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the most critical event in U.S. history since the country's founding. Read up!
LOCAL FLAVOR: Things really do look different here.
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