By far the durable of the novels on the 1958 bestseller list are The Winthrop Woman by Anna Seton and Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Travers.
Seton’s fictional biography draws on historical accounts of life in Puritan New England for its story and even its dialog, but there’s not a dust mote in sight. Seton will keep you on the edge of your chair.
Travers’ story is a courtroom murder mystery that puts Perry Mason to shame. We know the defendant committed the murder. We suspect the hero will get him acquitted. The real mystery is whether the guy ought to be acquitted.
If I had to make a third choice, I’d pick The Enemy Camp by Jerome Weidman over heavyweights like Loita and Doctor Zhivago. Weidman’s protagonist, George Hurst, is a fairly ordinary guy who gets a bum deal sometimes because he’s a Jew and sometimes because he’s gullible. It’s not a great book, but it is insightful and entertaining.