Tim Simpson is busy tracking down paintings by Sir William Nicholson and his "abstract" son, Ben Nicholson, for White's Art Fund, as well as looking into an investment in a film and photographic archive for his bosses. So it comes as a shock when he is accused of murder. The victim, a dubious lady calling herself Bassington, had Tim's name in her diary, and Tim's old rugby-playing friend, Chief Inspector Nobby Roberts of Scotland Yard, is irritatingly insistent.
"Not a thrill"
Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.
"A random collection?"
"Alien Nation" by John Cassidy; "The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen; "Nostalgia" by George Saunders; "The Understudy" by David Sedaris; "Here's Why" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Drawn to Gypsies" by John Updike; and "Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin.
Justin Harrington, controversial TV presenter of a popular antiques show, is found dead in his car in Yorkshire - in suspicious circumstances. His school friend, and fellow antiques dealer, Bill Franklin is bemused by Harrington's death, wondering if his shady past is to blame. But when another mutual friend, also in the business, is shot dead by hired assassins, Bill finds himself caught up in a mystery in which he is the prime suspect.
A razor-sharp satire on the rise and fall of Tony Blair, told as an Edwardian boy’s school story. A wickedly funny tale of jam puffs and missing rifles in which the guilty, as usual in politics, escape punishment. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is pure coincidence. The animals, however, are real.
"Crossing the Line", by Steve Coll; "Verismo", by Michael Schulman; "The Return", by David Finkel; "Man and Superman", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Varieties of Disturbance", by John Lahr; and "Spectacles", by David Denby.
"Beyond the Palin", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Trust Crunch", by James Surowiecki; "Biden's Brief", by Ryan Lizza; "Campaign '08 Abroad", by Dana Goodyear; "Late Bloomers", by Malcolm Gladwell; "A Desert Encounter", by John Updike; and "Inside Jobs", by Anthony Lane.
"High Costs" by John Cassidy; "Wanted: S.W.F., Loves Keef" by Shauna Lyon; "Bella vs. Betty" by Kate Julian; "Strangers in Paradise" by Janet Malcolm; "Downpaging" by Ian Frazier; "Greensleeves" by Helen Simpson; "Proud Flesh" by Rebecca Mead; and "Prettier Pictures" by David Denby.
"Discriminating Tastes", by Kelefa Sanneh; "The Price of the Ticket", by John Seabrook; "The Courthouse Ring", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Wilder Women", by Judith Thurman; "One of the Boys", by Tad Friend; and "Lightened Loads", by Anthony Lane.
"Moneyman" by John Cassidy: "Divo's Diva" by Lauren Collins; "Troublemakers" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Very Bad People" by Zev Borow; "The Red Devil" by John Cassidy; "The Deposition" by Tobias Wolff; and "The Earthquake" by Louis Menand.