THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is packed and ready for my Thursday cross-country flight. Having gone to college and worked in Washington, DC, I have a soft spot for that setting--also the scene (well, thereabouts) of my favorite television show, THE AMERICANS! Plus, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an honest-to-goodness PhD scientist and all that brainiac-ness (?!) shines through her sharp prose.
Janet Fox's THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. I started it as my plane took off from JFK and finished, breathless and sleepless, as I touched down in Amsterdam a last week. Set in a Scottish castle during WWII, this creepy and compelling tour de force is anchored by a feisty-yet-realistically-insecure main character, Kat. And Janet Fox is a true writer's writer, Vermont College MFA, and insightful student of the craft.
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