For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.
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I've always loved science fiction, one of the most flexible of genres. It can hold up a mirror to our current world by exaggerating trends. Here are five titles that run the gamut.
The Google doodle shows Poirot -- the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times -- and a cast of characters ...
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