The New York Post | Logan Hill | February 1, 2004
NY Post declares Optic Nerve #9 “Required Reading”
NY POST, February 1, 2004 -- John Grisham returns to his bread and butter in "The Last Juror" (Doubleday, $27.95), a legal thriller about a convicted Mississippi rapist who vows revenge . . . Long-time Reagan confidant Michael Deaver delivers the anticipated "Nancy: An Intimate Portrait of My Years with Nancy Reagan" (William Morrow, $24.95) . . . Best-selling Russian crime novelist Boris Akunin scares up more readers with "Murder on the Leviathan" (Random House, $21.95) . . . Laurell K. Hamilton continues her odd mix of fantasy and detective fiction in "Seduced By Moonlight" (Ballantine, $23.95) . . . Anchee Min ("Madame Mao") returns with "Empress Orchid" (Houghton Mifflin, $24), a historical novel about a Chinese woman who becomes a concubine to the emperor . . . David K. Shipler, a Pulitzer winner for "Arab and Jew," investigates America's "invisible" impoverished families in "The Working Poor" (Knopf, $26) . . . Joanne Harris, author of "Chocolat," returns with "Holy Fools" (William Morrow, $24.95), another of her quirky period-piece thrillers . . . Thomas H. Cook's new thriller "Peril" (Bantam, $23.95) revolves around a woman who leaves her Long Island husband and becomes embroiled in Manhattan's underbelly . . . Chris Abani's odd, promising debut novel "Graceland" (FSG, $24) follows an Elvis impersonator in Nigeria . . . Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine debuts a long-awaited new issue of his comic "Optic Nerve" (Drawn & Quarterly, $3.50).