Books: Complex Relations
● By Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU By Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99
Frank Bascombe returns in this quartet of novellas set in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In the first, the buyer of his former beachfront house now ravaged by Hurricane Sandy summons him seeking advice or consolation. In the second a strange woman visits him at his home and asks if she can look around the house where she once lived. Later, over coffee, she reveals a disturbing secret about the house. In the third, his ex-wife moves into an assisted living home and he reluctantly delivers her a pillow, sadly recalling a happier time; finally, Frank visits an old friend who is dying and together they reflect on their past lives and ruminate on the necessity for dying to make room for others. It’s poignant and funny and hopefully, Frank will visit us again soon.
THE KIND WORTH KILLING By Peter Swanson, William Morrow, $25.99
If you liked Double Indemnity or Strangers on a Train, you’ll enjoy this suspenseful thriller about two strangers who meet on a plane and over several martinis, exchange intimate details about their lives. Ted tells the voluptuous Lily about discovering his wife having an affair and how he wished her dead. Imagine his surprise when she offers to help him kill her in exchange for a favor she’ll ask for later. But they soon learn there are others who may thwart their plans including a very shrewd detective.