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Must read books

Must read books — ”The Secret Pilgrim” and ”Middle Passage” are two of our hot reads this week

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THE SECRET PILGRIM John le Carré
Le Carre lays on his Cold War theme with an uncharacteristically heavy hand, but his writing remains dazzling, with all the storytelling finesse his readers have come to expect. B+

MIDDLE PASSAGE Charles Johnson
The winner of this year’s National Book Award for fiction, Middle Passage churns like an old-fashioned adventure novel, the kind associated with Robert Louis Stevenson and Captain Marryat, but with a wit and purpose more redolent of Joseph Conrad. A-

LIVE FREE OR DIE Ernest Hebert
The fifth and final novel in Hebert’s masterful series about the fictional town of Darby, N.H. A-