Monthly Archives: March 2015

FICTION: Force of Habit by W. B. Cameron

March 27, 2015
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Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself. –William James Albert buttoned his overcoat and picked his way down the snowy steps. Behind him loomed his ancestral home, a Victorian reminder of more gracious times. For three-quarters of a century the old house had watched Albert set forth...

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The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten — review

March 25, 2015
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Fifteen years is a long time between police investigations involving the same person, but that is what Inspector Irene Huss finds as she investigates the death of a young woman, Sophie, who as an eight-year-old girl was suspected of arson in the death of her stepfather when their house burned down. What is so...

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Black Horizon by James Grippando — review

March 23, 2015
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Jack Swyteck, the book’s protagonist, is an accomplished defense lawyer, demonstrated in numerous previous novels in the series. However, in this entry his role as an attorney, bringing suit for wrongful death for the young widow of a man apparently killed when an offshore rig exploded, is merely peripheral to a wide-ranging thriller and...

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The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver — review

March 23, 2015
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A typical Lincoln Rhyme novel is built on an accumulation of facts or clues to be analyzed and repeatedly summarized at the end of each chapter, as the criminologist and his team attempt to solve a crime and lead to the capture of the culprit. This novel is no different, except for the crime,...

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A Few Drops of Blood by Jan Merete Weiss — review

March 18, 2015
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Venice has Donna Leon and her Commissario Guido Brunetti, and now Naples has Jan Merete Weiss and her Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri. The author brings fully to life the historic beauty of the city, as well as its rampant poverty and nearly total control by the Napolitan version of the American mafia...

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Wolf by Mo Hader — review

March 16, 2015
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The first several pages are in the third person, with pov being that of Amy, a five-year-old with verbiage typical of a child that age (a bit disconcertingly). Early on the reader is given hints about a place deep in the woods near Litton, Somerset, in the West Country of England, where a gruesome...

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FICTION: The Custodian by William E. Wallace

March 5, 2015
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“Line 23,” the bailiff said, reading the last entry on the printout. “Kettzinger, James Eron. For arraignment and setting.” “Kent Wales for the people, your honor,” said the deputy district attorney handling the Monday morning calendar. Condoli stood up and moved to the defense side of the bench. “Carlo Condoli, your honor, appearing specially...

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Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman — review

March 3, 2015
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When an author is asked to write a novel continuing a series originated by someone else, much less a master like Robert B. Parker, fundamental questions must be decided: try to imitate the style and writing, how to maintain the integrity of the characters, and the like. Alternatively, Reed Farrel Coleman, a successful author...

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Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman — review

March 3, 2015
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Liz Daniels, her husband, Paul, and their children, Ally, six, and Reid, eight, are taking a rare and unexpected vacation, to visit the remote home in the Adirondack Mountains in western New York State where Paul’s parents have always lived. “Rare” and “unexpected” because Paul has been virtually estranged from his parents, visits to...

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