Can't Travel? Let These Books Take You Cross-Country Instead
Reading on those long cross-country roads (Photo: Getty Images)
A classic drive from coast to coast requires a lot of music, ideally a convertible, and definitely a pile of mysteries to keep you company at night in those lonely motels. (The lonely motel out on the open road is, of course, my fantasy, having seen “Psycho” too many times.)
And if you can’t get on the open road? These books are the next best thing. In every part of the U.S., there are writers creating iconic characters that unlock the secrets of a certain society, or culture, or crime.
I’ve suggested one book for each writer, but all of them have written plenty of others, including a series featuring favorite cops and PIs.
BOSTON: “Promised Land: A New Spenser Mystery” by Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker’s private eye, Spenser, and his sidekick, Hawk, the coolest black dude in the business, uncover bad guys at an astonishing speed in Boston’s back alleys and bars. Spenser, who first appeared about 1973, never seems to age, nor does his girlfriend, the shrink, Sarah Silverman. He also cooks and drinks a lot of Scotch.
BOSTON: “Mystic River” by Dennis Lehane
While you’re still around Bah-ston, you’ll want to read at least one of Dennis Lehane’s complex, brooding, dark books. There’s a reason this was made into an award-winning movie.