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Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton, co-owner of The King's English Bookshop, and Austen Diamond, producer of 13% Salt. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during NPR's Weekend Edition.

Books & Beats: January 30, 2016

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The Travelin' McCourys play at The State Room on Thursday, February 4th.

In The Drifter (Putnam), the debut thriller by Nicholas Petrie, a veteran still struggling with his time in Iraq and Afghanistan helps a fallen comrade’s wife get rid of vicious dog.  But things get complicated when he finds a suitcase full of money and explosives under her porch.  Betsy Burton says Petrie “is good with words and his narrative has a hard-driving thrust that keeps the pages turning and nerves jangling.”

The Travelin’ McCourys have deep bluegrass roots.  Austen Diamond says they’re a band you might not know, but really should.  They’ll be at The State Room on Thursday, February 4th.

Jam-band Lettuce take the stage at Park City Live on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Veteran Phish bassist Mike Gordon performs at Park City Live, too, on Friday, February 5th.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Price Tag” by Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

2: “Get Greasy” by Lettuce

3: “Yarmouth Road” by Mike Gordon  

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