Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: WILLIAM LEITH

THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman (Windmill, [pounds sterling]7.99) NEW YORK, soon after 9/11. A committee meets to discuss the Ground Zero memorial. There's been a competition to design the memorial; architects have entered, anonymously. The committee decides on a winner but there's a problem. The winner is an architect called Mohammad Khan. Not a religious Muslim -- just an American Muslim. A regular guy. This is a very sensitive issue. Should the committee reconsider? Soon, the story leaks to the press, and we have a rollercoaster of a novel. Waldman draws the characters beautifully.

THE COLD COLD GROUND by Adrian McKinty (Serpent's Tail, [pounds sterling]7.99) SEAN DUFFY is a detective in Belfast in 1981. He's a cop but he's also a Catholic -- a marked man. He's bright, decent, cynical, and he likes a drink. Bobby Sands has been dead for a week. The second hunger striker, Frankie Hughes, has just died. There are riots. Duffy is just about to go to bed when he gets a call. …

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