Paperback Writers: An Archive of Past Reviews

Paperback writers: Classic Le Carré

Paperback writers: George Smiley gives a master class on gentle spycraft in a reissue of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.'

Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

Reissue of a Depression-era Federal Writers' Project opens a window on the city's colorful past.

Paperback writers: Two survivor stories

A reissue of Brooke Hayward's 'Haywire' offers a poignant memoir of her Hollywood parents; Nobel laureate Herta Müller's novel 'The Appointment' follows a woman on a bleak errand.

Paperback Writers: Between sea and sky

Paperback Writers: Time and change move subtly through the landscapes of Bruce Chatwin's novel 'On the Black Hill' and Erskine Childers' thriller 'The Riddle of the Sands.'

Paperback Writers: James Boswell's 'London Journal 1762-1763'; Michael J. Arlen's 'Exiles' [Updated]

James Boswell's 21st century-style, first-person account of life in 18th century England; a son's view of Armenian Dikran Kouyoumdjian, who wrote in 20th century London as Michael Arlen — until being driven out.

Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway

New books offer glimpses into earlier versions of "The Maltese Falcon" and "A Moveable Feast."

Paperback Writers: Vintage early Mantel

Hilary Mantel's novels 'Every Day Is Mother's Day' and 'Vacant Possession' show her formidable talent even as she's learning her craft.

Paperback Writers: Henry Miller's Grecian days

A reissue of "The Colossus of Maroussi" chronicles the American writer's travels around Greece with pal Lawrence Durrell in the grim days of World War II.

Paperback Writers: What made Dylan roar?

A reissue of Dylan Thomas' 'Collected Poems' offers an occasion to consider the poet's elemental voice and outrageous behavior.

Paperback Writers: Boston, down and dirty

Boston, down and dirty

Paperback Writers: Nightmare noir

Paperback Writers: Sillitoe's still running

Tuning back in to 'White Noise'

Welcome to Hecht's Windy City

The year's best paperback reissues

Paperback Writers: Slaughter and rubble

Paperback Writers: A view from the 'Heights'

'In Such Hard Times' by Red Pine/Bill Porter

Welcome to Banham's Los Angeles

Tricks with a knife

Duke Elric: A cross between Conan and Camus

Patrick White's cruel visionaries

Dreams of a dreamer

Exquisite strangers

'Humboldt's Gift' by Saul Bellow

A life runs backward

'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh' by Michael Chabon

The Truman show

Where's Weldon?

True New Yorker

Two timeless, Depression-era novels from Edward Anderson

His wit was hard-boiled

Dreams of an endless summer

No thanks, James

His own brand

Giving Angela Carter her due

The magical and the elemental, from Halldór Laxness

Unexpected affinities

Ayn Rand's epic storytelling