The Books

Talking Hands

For the first time, a book for a popular readership takes a look at the world of the signed languages of the deaf—and explains what they reveal about how all language, signed and spoken, works inside our heads. (2007)

The Riddle of the Labyrinth

In 1900, while excavating on Crete, the charismatic Victorian archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed inscribed clay tablets amid the ruins of a lavish Bronze Age palace. (2013)

Conan Doyle for the Defense

A sensational Edwardian murder. A scandalous wrongful conviction. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the rescue. (2018)

The Confidence Men

The astonishing true story of World War I prisoners who pulled off one of the most ingenious escapes of all time … by means of a Ouija board. A nonfiction thriller featuring cunning, danger, mind control and magic. (2021)

The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum

America’s first great organized-crime lord was a lady—a nice Jewish mother named Mrs. Mandelbaum.