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Taiga?s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan by Melinda Takeuchi (1994-06-01)
Melinda Takeuchi
The History of England, Vol 2
David Hume
The History of Scepticism: From Savonarola to Bayle
Richard H. Popkin
Cicero: On Moral Ends (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Raphael Woolf, Julia Annas
Das Goldene Vlies: Dramatisches Gedicht in Drei Abteilungen
Franz Grillparzer
Euripides IV: Rhesus / The Suppliant Women / Orestes / Iphigenia in Aulis
Charles R. Walker, Frank William Jones, William Arrowsmith, David Grene, Euripides, Richmond Lattimore
Notes from Underground & The Double
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jesse Coulson
The World of Thought in Ancient China
Benjamin I. Schwartz
The Last Generation of the Roman Republic
Erich S. Gruen
The Legend of Gold and Other Stories
William J. Tyler, Jun Ishikawa, Ishikawa Jun

Backtrack , by Joseph Hansen

Backtrack - Joseph Hansen

Ordinarily, I enjoy Hansen's books, and tasty prose is to be found in this one, as well. However, the young protagonist (knowingly) falls in love with the man who killed his father, and the murderer/lover proceeds to try to eliminate the protagonist in precisely the same manner as he had earlier killed the father... The murderer/lover then follows the protagonist's broken body to the hospital and stabs him in his hospital bed a half-dozen times... Oh, and the protagonist refuses to tell the police about any of this when the detective insistently questions him about it... Unfortunately, I found neither the main character nor the plot credible, and that is a cardinal sin in this genre. But Hansen still evokes a scene so well...