Books: Fiction & Facts
● By Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE By Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27.00
Marie-Laure, who lost her sight at 6-years old maneuvers her Paris neighborhood by memorizing a scale model built by her father, keeper of locks at the History Museum. When the Nazis invade, the two escape to her grand uncle’s tall, narrow house in Saint-Malo with a museum jewel, which may be immensely valuable or a fake. Werner, who lives with his sister in a German orphanage, discovers an amazing talent for building and restoring radios, an ability rewarded by forced recruitment in a Hitler Youth Camp from which he’s later ordered uncover resistance fighters locations. Arriving at Saint-Malo, it’s inevitable that Werner and Marie-Laure’s paths will cross. Beautifully written it’s infused with kindness and love even against the background of WWII.
MORIARTY By Anthony Horowitz, Harper, $26.99
Sherlock Holmes, believed to have fallen to his death along with his archrival Professor James Moriarty in a struggle over Reichenbach Falls, is very much present here, if only in spirit. New York Pinkerton Detective Frederick Chase arrives in London on the trail of an American criminal mastermind who he believes is eager to fill the gap left by Moriarty’s death. Scotland Yard’s Athelney Jones, who displays many of Holmes’ deductive skills assists Chase in the search. Horowitz conjures up the very essence of Conan Doyle in this suspenseful and convincing adventure with a very surprising ending.