Have you read any of these books with a La Jolla-edge this year?
By Ashley MackinSeveral La Jolla authors published tales in 2012. Here’s a list:
■ Richard PlattPlatt lives in town with his wife, poet Susan Platt. His book,
“As One Devil To Another,”is a series of letters between the devil and his protégé, in the style of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. He also wrote the play “Ripples From Walden Pond: An Evening with Henry David Thoreau,” which premiered at the Cygnet Theater in Old Town San Diego earlier this year.
■ Jesse KellermanKellerman’s
“Potboiler”is his fifth novel — the former four were international bestsellers. Opening with funeral arrangements and a search being called off, “Potboiler” sets the stage for a complex thriller — complete with double crossing, romance and the inevitable twist. There is an undeniable Stephen King influence, bear in mind.
■ Benjamin K. BergenBergen is an associate professor at UC San Diego in the cognitive science department. Integrating psychology, philosophy, theory and humor, his
“Louder Than Words”explores different approaches to meaning; why certain things mean more than others and how we use language and visuals to express that. It is an elaborate exploration into how the mind works.
■ Hal TaxelTaxel chose La Jolla as the setting for his novel,
“A Legacy of Death,”wherein a Greek Orthodox family torn apart by jealousy and murder, live a life of drama exceeding soap opera levels. It contains strong language and sexual imagery.