REVIEW: DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson

In Larson’s latest, he manages to bring tension worthy of The Hunt for Red October or Das Boot to a pivotal day in May 1915. Two vessels, unaware of their fates, barrel toward an outcome the reader knows all too well. Despite the fact most are aware of at least the basics of the sinking of the…

REVIEW: THE ACCURSED by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is often heralded as the Queen of American Gothic, at least of modern day writers.  Recently she has focused her efforts on short stories and editing collections of others’ short stories.  This offering is a hefty novel that she began working on nearly 30 years ago while living near Princeton, NJ. Set…