Review: 'Lincoln's Greatest Case' by Brian McGinty

"Lincoln's Greatest Case" by Brian McGinty; Liveright (272 pages, $26.95)

On the Mississippi River, between Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa, a steamboat crashed into the first railroad bridge ever built across the river. The impact caused ...

With Lou Reed, any interview could be a battle

"Lou Reed: The Last Interview and Other Conversations"; Melville House (128 pages, $15.95)

When I saw the latest entrant in Melville House's "Last Interview" series, I almost did a spit take.

In a series that offers the thoughtful, provocative ...

A worthy companion for Sherlock Holmes fans

"The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide" by Daniel Smith; Arum Press (224 pages, $27.99)

Remember the glory days of literary "companions"? There was William S. Baring-Gould's (ironically) slim "Nero Wolfe of West 35th Street," the ...