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I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD: THE DIRTY LIFE AND TIMES OF WARREN ZEVON By Crystal Zevon HarperColl­ins, $33.95 The author is Warren’s ex-wife and selfconfes­sed “life long co-conspirato­r” who put this biography together from more than 80 interviews with “fellow mischief makers,” friends, family and lovers, among them Bruce Springstee­n, Stephen King, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt and Carl Hiaasen (who wrote the foreword). Combining stories, never-before-published photos, journals and other memorabili­a, Crystal nails the essence of Warren’s music and his roller-coaster life which ended with cancer on Sept. 7, 2003. The rock-and-roll anti-hero left behind a crushed cult following and a series of dark classics, including “Lawyers, Guns, and Money,” “Excitable Boy,” and “Werewolves of London.” SHAKESPEAR­E REVEALED By René Weiss John Murray, $39.95

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