Louise Erdrich’s writing speaks softly and carries a big stick. She doesn’t shy away from challenging issues – death, rape, murder. But her characters and their story lines are so layered and complex the darkness draws readers into her suspenseful dilemmas.
When author Erik Larson started research for his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the 1915 sinking of the luxury ocean liner, he wasn’t expecting many surprises. As with the Titanic, everyone knows the ending: Almost 1,200 passengers died when a German submarine torpedoed the ship off the coast of Ireland.