Eight years ago, Glen David Gold published Carter Beats the Devil, a swashbuckling adventure novel about a famous real-life magician named Carter the Great who gets wrapped up in a conspiracy to assassinate President Harding and hypnotize the American people into complacency. It's one of the most thrilling, likable books to be published in the last 10 years. Now Gold finally returns with Sunnyside, a new novel that opens with a scene in which "Charlie Chaplin is spotted simultaneously in 800 places across the country, causing mass hysteria and panic." (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm, free.)

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