“Cries of the Lost”
Permanent Press, $28
A smartphone is a useful tool, although, say, reading a novel on one might leave something to be desired. How about reading a novel about one?
When James Whitfield Thomson hemmed and hawed in describing just what his new novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” was about, his daughter challenged him to think in terms of what would go on a movie poster. His answer: “What could make a good man do such a thing?”