The 17 Best Books to Pick Up This August
The 50th anniversary of a classic guilty pleasure, a wily short-story collection, psychological thrillers, and more reads we couldn’t put down this August.
Besides the page-turning momentum and thrilling set pieces, Dundas's novel has an almost sweet melancholy. So many of the characters are searching for redemption. Take the heavyweight contender's wife, Carol Jean Taft, who cuts a figure of barely contained desperation as she hopes against hope that her loyalty will be rewarded. Even the history of professional wrestling—under the influence of gangster promoters, and with attendance flagging—is presented with a curious sadness as the sport transitions from an authentically competitive contest to the theatrical farce we know today, mostly against the will of the wrestlers themselves.
When the betrayals, failures, and mishaps come, they're surprising and at times brutal, as merciless in their own way as that greatest of culprits here, the slow slipping away of time.