Philip K. Jason
A University of Maryland Ph.D., Phil retired to Naples, Florida, in 2001 after a 36-year college teaching career, most of it at the U.S. Naval Academy. Now a freelance book reviewer, Phil’s “Florida Writers” column appears in the various local issues of Florida Weekly. He also writes for Fort Myers Magazine, Southern Literary Review, Jewish Book World, and other print and electronic publications. His 20 books include The Critical Response to Anais Nin; Acts and Shadows: The Vietnam War in American Literary Culture; and Don’t Wave Goodbye: The Children’s Flight from Nazi Persecution to American Freedom. A former officer of the Naples Press Club, Phil chaired the club’s annual Authors and Books Festival for eight years.
37 entries by Philip K. Jason
By Nicole Krauss
This ambitious meditation on spiritual transcendence and self-reflection hits all the right notes.
By Chris Vola
Does this New York vampire novel have enough bite to deliver?
By Annette Gendler
An exquisitely written conversion story which expounds upon personal and collective identity.
By Julia Dahl
A gripping, worthy addition to the Rebekah Roberts series
By Ryan White
Chronicling the once-obscure singer’s unlikely rise to mayor of Margaritaville.
By Ron Liebman
Corruption reigns inside a high-powered legal establishment.
By Blume Lempel; translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
These spare, skillful tales are both introspective and illuminating.
By Donna Everhart
A harrowing story of domestic trauma with Southern Gothic flair.
By Dave Barry
A hilarious and insightful tour of the Sunshine State.
By Ronald H. Balson
An emotionally rich Holocaust thriller about long-kept secrets.
By Yiftach Reicher Atir; translated by Philip Simpson
This psychological thriller probes the damaging uncertainties of life undercover.
By Michael Harvey
This taut thriller tackles the perils of going home again
By Michael J. Tougias and Alison O’Leary
A lightly fictionalized, little-known tale of disaster at sea
By Ellen Prentiss Campbell
This brilliant tale of loss and redemption spans four decades, from a WWII-era Japanese detention center to the DC suburbs of the 1980s
By Richard Engel
"An unexpected, suspenseful page-turner."
By Julian Borger
This well-researched, sobering chronicle "is a necessary and admirable achievement."
By Averil Dean
A close-knit trio of friends comes undone in this dark, suspenseful tale set on Colorado’s slopes.
By Patrick McGilligan
A delightfully readable, masterfully researched biography about one of film's most notable names.
By Ben Nadler
A young man with an uncertain future seeks answers about his past.
By Ronald H. Balson
This fast-paced, globe-spanning thriller takes readers from Hawaii to Hebron.
By Jonathan Kellerman
This taut new thriller features a memorable, series-worthy heroine.
By Bill Pronzini
Imagine “La Belle Dame sans Merci” reborn in San Francisco noir.
By Julia Dahl
This page-turner of a mystery, set in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community, brings a mother and daughter together at last.
By Peter Longerich; translated by Alan Bance, Jeremy Noakes, and Lesley Sharpe
A stunning, encyclopedic study of Hitler’s propaganda minister.
By Adam Mitzner
This smart courtroom thriller manages to humanize the law.
By Joseph Kanon
This taut page-turner captures the contradictions and complexities of the post-WWII German capital.
By Robert Levy
Hauntingly inventive, this debut page-turner of a novel is as creative as it is creepy.
By Patrick Bishop
Recounting the hunt for an anti-British terrorist in the closing days of Mandate Palestine.
By Mike Pace
Are dreams or demons driving the protagonist of this thriller?
Gary Garth McCann
Politics, a legal trust, and a dead governor’s sister intersect in this thriller set in the DC metro area.
A sharp biomedical thriller asks, what if old age and infirmity were not inevitable?
By Anais Nin, Edited by Paul Herron
A new, unexpurgated volume of Anaïs Nin’s diaries.
A theatrical study of the Yiddish writer whose short stories were the source for “Fiddler on the Roof.”
In this work of creative nonfiction about the life of a Latvian Jewish immigrant and her experiences in early-20th-century New York City, the author turns voluminous research into flowing action and imagery.
Henning Mankell, translated by Ebba Segerberg
Caught up in personal and career concerns, the protagonist in this novel about a novelist learns to look beyond himself and see the true suffering of others.
Philip Jason reviews the thrill ride that is Andrew Gross' 15 Seconds.
Artistic invention and South American history color this richly textured novel in which a chance meeting with the poet Pablo Neruda leads to a game of sleuthing.