...the dreamily brilliant Paris police commissioner, assisted by his baffled, balky team of underlings, investigates the deaths of members of the Association for the Study of the Writings...Vargas keeps introducing unexpected, fascinating new plot elements, even as the action totters on the brink of absurdity.
So intriguing is Nem that I would have liked to read more verbatim – perhaps even an appendix containing transcripts of the interviews. That is to quibble. The complexities of Nem’s character are all too evident.
The novel is far from perfect. The Butcher’s Hook is unevenly structured: what little plot there is in its first, frustratingly slow chapters is stretched too thin...For all that, however, this author remains one to watch.
Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.
Mr Beer’s book makes a compelling case for placing Siberia right at the centre of 19th-century Russian—and, indeed, European—history. But for students of Soviet and even post-Soviet Russia it holds lessons, too.
The authors tend to use too much detail (Rosa plops down on Claire’s “soft, comfortable, dark green, velour sofa”), and almost every female character is attractive (Claire is “beautiful”; others are “hot” or “stunning”). All this might have worked better on the screen.
There are some fabulous pitched battles leading up to a conclusion that it’s easy to imagine in the cinema – the only major duff point is the love-at-first-sight romance to which Alex is subjected, which fails to ring true for a number of reasons, not least its opening act of torture.
Unlike most Reacher books, which start at breathless velocity and then wind up having to work through huge, empty action scenes later, this one gets better as it goes along. Its complexity pays off with a better than usual MacGuffin and real teamwork against a global enemy.
Each of these books is as memorable for its locations as it is for narrative or even denouement, and “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” really takes Harry traveling.
Yes, it’s formula. Yes, it’s not as gritty an exercise in swamp mayhem as Hiaasen, Buchanan, or Crews might turn in. But, like eating a junk burger, even though you probably shouldn’t, it’s plenty satisfying.
The danger that Kendra and Adam face increases dramatically as they get closer to the truth, as does the attraction between the two. The plot builds to a stunning conclusion.
Although the final confrontation between Livia and Senator Lone and his henchman, Skull Face, is way over the top, on the whole Eisler keeps a firm hand on the throttle of what could be the first of a rewarding series.
Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won’t be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death.
If you love Twin Peaks, there is no way I can’t recommend this book to you, although it really is made for the hardcore fan. And if you were looking for answers to mysteries laid out by the series finale, except for a few (Audrey lives!) you’ll probably be disappointed. But hey, we have a whole new season of the show coming for all that.
They loved and hated the month of October. Loved it because a new Mitch Rapp novel came out and hated it because they would have to wait another year for the next one. With Order To Kill, readers will get those same feelings. It appears the torch has been passed to Kyle Mills.
...John Preston’s book is by no means the first on the subject, although he has tapped several new sources...What can be said, however, is that this is probably the most forensic, elegantly written and compelling account of one of the 20th century’s great political scandals...
...flimsy account of eight months incarcerated...“Gone ‘Til November,” is a flagrant missed opportunity, landing at a moment when mass incarceration is at the forefront of U.S. civil rights discourse...
This is less a thriller than an analytical study of the complexities of crime detection and the importance of the human link between those who comprise the Murder Squad.
MISSING moves. Patterson’s trademark short chapters are on display, and in abundance, as he and Fox demonstrate their storytelling ability at warp speed. American readers may experience a bump or two when encountering Australian geography and/or slang, but for the most part the book gives off a southern California vibe...
An individual may feel empowered because of the choice involved; but for Brodak, gambling is really a form of self-harm that distracts from the hard business of living and maintaining healthy relationships. An intelligent, disturbing, and profoundly honest memoir.