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“The Black Box” by Michael Connelly; published in hardback by Little, Brown and Company; 416 pp.; $29.99. By Seamus Scanlon In Michael Connelly’s 25th novel, “The Black Box,” the flawed protagonist LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tries to navigate his way through the emotional, social, personal and workplace culverts as he...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott The reviews are in for “The Black Box” and they agree: Michael Connelly is not resting on his laurels. His 25th novel is, according to the New York Times’ Janet Maslin, “a standout, thanks to thoughtful plotting, the kind that ultimately jigsaws all the pieces of a story into...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott My father would tell us kids about Christmastime in his small town in the West of Ireland.  He’d build the scene: the narrow bustling streets filling up with shoppers; the churches making their preparations; the excitement of the children, which inevitably lifted the...

By Peter McDermott The Rev. James Martin was being interviewed by telephone last week when he heard a huge noise. “It sounded like thunder,” he recalled of the evening that Hurricane Sandy struck. It was the beginning of one of the side dramas of the larger story: parts of a crane beside Carnegie Hall had come...

Published in the Irish Echo on Oct. 31, 2012 Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott Mitt Romney got into trouble not once, but twice in 2012 with comments he made to donors behind closed doors. There was his writing off of 47 percent of Americans as moochers who weren’t going to vote for him. He was pandering, of...

By Peter McDermott During his first spring in the White House, Richard Nixon read with interest an article written by journalist Pete Hamill. He then had Xeroxed copies of “The Revolt of the White Lower Middle Class” made for all Cabinet members. The Irish-American newspaperman had been a friend and supporter of the...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott In 1960, a future Republican president wrote to his party’s nominee, Vice-President Richard Nixon, offering support because he said the Democratic candidate was clearly under the sway of the philosophies of Karl Marx. It may seem strange, then, that Congressman Paul Ryan in his...

Published in the Oct. 3, 2012, edition of the Irish Echo. Theatre / By Orla O’Sullivan Not alone death, but death announcements specifically, featured heavily in this year’s 1st Irish Theater Festival, a month-long event that concluded Sunday. Things we would rather not acknowledge; how we present to the world;...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott Screenwriter, novelist and journalist Budd Schulberg (1914-2009), it seems, was friends with everybody from Harpo Marx to Muhammad Ali. He was once led astray by F. Scott Fitzgerald for a lost long alcohol-fueled weekend when they were working on a screenplay together. Three...

Theatre / By Orla O’Sullivan “Silent” written by Pat Kinevane * Directed by Jim Culleton * Starring Pat Kinevane * The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st St., at 11th Avenue, NYC * Tickets: (866) 811-4111  * Run has been extended a week through Sunday, Sept. 30. If Pat Kinevane is in danger of being typecast in the tiny...