Other Press, $15.95, 352 pp.
Lawrence Douglas’s new novel The Vices starts off with a crackerjack first paragraph:
On July 18, 200—, at 18:00 GMT, the Queen Mary 2 left Southampton with 2,912 passengers and roughly half as many crew. She arrived at the Brooklyn dockyards on the morning of July 24 with 2,911 passengers. In a brief wire service piece, the New York Times identified the missing passenger...
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