From father to son
On Father's Day, a novel and two nonfiction books about fathers and their sons.
The Demands (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown) by Mark Billingham, an acclaimed British crime fiction writer, is a tense tale about a man who takes hostages to try to find out what really caused his son's death in prison.
Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir (Twelve) by Anthony Swofford is the story of how the former Marine sniper and author of Jarhead was nearly destroyed by fame, then saved by reconciliation with his Vietnam vet father.
Major League Dads: Baseball's Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game (Running Press) by Kevin Neary and Leigh A. Tobin gathers 150 stories about dads who coached and guided their sons; Tampa Bay Rays players featured include Sam Fuld, Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor