The author of ''The Fourth Procedure'' is currently enjoying ''Sleepers,'' ''Nano,'' ''Show of Evil,'' and ''The Origin of Satan''

By EW Staff
May 26, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

What Stanley Pottinger is reading

I’m reading four books at the moment. One is a bound galley of a book that’s coming out in July called Sleepers, by Lorenzo Carcaterra. It’s fabulous, unbelievably good. It’s a nonfiction story about four boys who grew up together in Hell’s Kitchen. It wrecked two days of my life — I stayed up till four one morning and till five the next. I’m also in the middle of Nano, by Ed Regis, about new technologies that may come up in the next 10 years. It’s very good — the bridge between science fiction and reality. I just started Show of Evil by William Diehl, a continuation of Primal Fear. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in Illinois, and it reminds you again why he’s a best-selling author. I’m also reading The Origin of Satan, by Elaine Pagels, a brilliant analysis of the relationship between Judaism and early Christianity and the origins of anti-Semitism. I tend to read more than one book at a time, which is strange. If it’s light I take it with me when I’m traveling; if it’s heavy I read it at home; if it’s a paperback I tear it apart and read it in pieces.

Stanley Pottinger’s first novel, The Fourth Procedure, is currently on the best-seller list.