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5:03am

Mon September 1, 2014
Book News & Features

Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

Charles Cumming's latest book is A Colder War.
Jonathan Ring

If you were making a movie about the world of British espionage, you'd want to cast someone like Charles Cumming as your undercover agent. He's tall and handsome and self-assured and utterly charming in that self-deprecating British way. You can imagine him effortlessly gliding through the small talk of embassy parties or sweeping a gullible female officer off her feet — in service of Queen and country, of course. In other words, it's easy to be seduced by him.

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1:16am

Mon September 1, 2014
Crime In The City

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

Kwei Quartey sets one of the crime scenes in his second D.I. Dawson book in Agbogbloshie, an Accra slum.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

White egrets swoop down on the Agbogbloshie Canal and stoop to pick at mounds of filth and trash in search of food. The clogged and stinky waterway dominates Agbogbloshie, the main shantytown in Accra, Ghana's capital city. You wonder how the birds manage to maintain white feathers as they wade in the putrid, muddy water.

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4:21pm

Sun August 31, 2014
Author Interviews

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:19 pm

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.

Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. The civil war officially began in 1983 and continued until 2009.

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6:03am

Sun August 31, 2014
Author Interviews

This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 11:31 am

Lee Child is the author of 19 Jack Reacher novels — and is currently working on the 20th.
Sigrid Estrada AP/Random House

As Lee Child writes new installments in his Jack Reacher series, he thinks back to something his father said: When it came to books and films, "he would say he wanted the same but different," Child tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer. And that, for Child, is the fun and the challenge of it all.

Personal is his 19th novel starring Jack Reacher, the retired U.S. military policeman who puts his folding toothbrush in his shirt pocket and boards a bus to wherever that bus is going.

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3:20am

Sun August 31, 2014
Author Interviews

'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 11:31 am

David Mitchell's previous books include The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Cloud Atlas.
Paul Stuart

The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell's newest book — he's best known for 2004's Cloud Atlas, which was made into a movie with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Mitchell's many fans have been eagerly waiting for this new one, hoping it would present the same kind of fascinating puzzles as Cloud Atlas, which featured a very complicated set of nesting plots.

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