Despite the requisite mysterious evildoers and violence, this thriller remains curiously unsatisfying, perhaps because the formidable skills the heroine displays don’t include common sense.
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.
The humor makes this novel a pleasure to read. Some of it is earthy and ribald, but on the whole, is in good taste. Not all will appreciate the uncomfortable details of the trade in animal parts, but the author uses comic interludes in lieu of didacticism to introduce us to this weird world.
The prose in “A Gambler’s Anatomy” is nearly always this good, and Mr. Lethem has a touching sense of the lives of obsessive misfits. They’re his tribe.
An undercurrent of menace and threat finally erupts, and Lasdun presents the inexorable turnings of fate in a subtle and disconcerting way.
...Frost’s engrossing, exceedingly clever novel certainly doesn’t solve all of Twin Peaks’ mysteries, but who would want that? This large, elaborately produced, illustrated volume will be eagerly devoured by existing fans...
Dialogue sometimes arrives as staged pronouncements, and there’s occasional overwriting—"his features slowly twisting into a horrible grimace of mirth"—but the fast-paced novel speeds over such potholes.
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.
Mma Ramotswe, with Grace by her side, brings her usual kindness and sympathy to her friends’ assistance—and McCall Smith leads the reader to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
To catch a killer, Amory sorts through the murky past with the reluctant aid of Milo; their charged relationship adds narrative tension. Fascinating and stylish characters fill out a finely tuned traditional mystery.
Having properly skewered his subject, Patterson, who got his start as an advertising executive, devotes his final 15 pages to the promotion of one of his fictional books. This is odd, but somehow a fitting end to a somewhat disjointed hodgepodge.
As with so many of my favorite novels, Fish in Exile is less about plot (though there is one, loosely speaking) and more about its immersive experience. It asks a lot from the reader, but rightfully so.
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.
The only less-than-satisfying aspect of the novel is the ending, which felt a bit too pat, almost like a “Movie of the Week” cop-out. But taking the journey with McKenzie for an afternoon or two is certainly worthwhile.
Stranded superbly evokes the existential dread of its characters’ plight and makes the empty white Arctic seem chillingly claustrophobic.
I was extremely satisfied and happy by the conclusion of both the mystery and the romantic storyline. Well, actually, the mystery left me a little heartbroken too.
Intense, London-centric, threaded through with a melancholy brilliance, it is an extravagant novel that takes inspiration from the classics and yet remains wholly itself.
Reshelving periodicals would provide more joy than the latest adventure of Harris’ plucky librarian, which provides scant detection and none of the domestic details series readers crave.
Eskens keeps the reader guessing as the tale takes several unexpected twists before reaching the satisfying denouement.
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...