Posts Tagged ‘ Harper ’

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo – review

January 14, 2012
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During World War II, Norway was occupied by the Nazi army, and the head of the government lent his name to the English language synonymous with traitor—Quisling. About 400 Norwegian youths volunteered to fight with the Germans on the Eastern front against the Russians. Most of them did not survive the war. But those...

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The Final Reckoning by Sam Bourne – review

January 14, 2012
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Truth and fiction merge in this thriller about survivors of the holocaust taking justice into their own hands, seeking out Nazis and murdering them. It comes to light when the last survivor of DIN, the secret group of Jewish resistance fighters (yes, there were some) and concentration camp inmates after the war, travels to...

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Agent X by Noah Boyd – review

January 8, 2012
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Kate Bannon, the Assistant Director of the FBI who readers, and ex-FBI Agent Steve Vail, first met in this author’s “The Bricklayer,” returns, in fact, in the first sentence on the first page of this, the second in the series. And a most welcome return it is, of those protags and the series itself....

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A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear – review

December 14, 2011
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The common characteristics of the Maisie Dobbs series are the growth in the character, developments over time and, of course, current events. In the present novel Maisie, who served as a nurse in France during World War I (after having been a servant girl before), has grown over the years, mentored by Dr. Maurice...

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Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando – review

November 8, 2011
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Contemporary themes are a trademark of a James Grippando novel, and this one is no exception. It boasts at leas two: Guantanamo, and data mining, the collection and sale of personal information over the internet. How these two topics intertwine form the basis of the plot, which is kind of unusual for the Jack...

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Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance – review

September 7, 2011
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With a bow to the late Tony Hillerman, who was a master at the genre of this novel (and the predecessors in the saga of the Walker family), J.A. Jance has written a murder mystery surrounded by the further development in the family’s history peppered with lots of Indian lore....

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Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin – review

May 23, 2011
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Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin – review

What does an author do when he “falls in love” with characters in a novel he completed? Why he just writes another using them again. But the characters here brought down a President, proving him to be a serial killer, in “Executive Privilege.” So, what to do? Just try to kill a Supreme Court...

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Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black – review

January 26, 2011
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Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black – review

Persistence is a virtue, and Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist in the M.E.’s office exhibits plenty of that in this novel in which she still has not recovered from the death of her fiancé. A young woman has been found frozen to death on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland and there are...

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Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill – review

December 7, 2010
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Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill – review

Andy Dalziel (the “Fat Man”) is still recovering from the after-effects of injuries (and a coma) resulting from an explosion two novels ago. But he ignores medical advice and returns to his duties as Detective Superintendent, albeit a little shakily. Is it time to turn over the reins to his protégé, Pascoe? Or does...

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The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd – review

October 20, 2010
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The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd – review

The reader is introduced to Steve Vail, the titular brick mason, in the opening pages of this book as he calmly and efficiently thwarts a bank robbery by two armed men, in the aftermath of which he just as calmly disappears. Just a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time....

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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo – review

May 28, 2010
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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo – review

There are several questions raised in this novel, the third in the Harry Hole series. And they apparently can only be answered by Harry Hole, the Norwegian alcoholic detective, if he sobers up. Haunted by the death of his partner he is frustrated after pursuing proof of the identity of her murderer for two...

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The Price of Butcher’s Meat by Reginald Hill – review

March 10, 2010
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The Price of Butcher’s Meat by Reginald Hill – review

Sometimes being too clever is good. Then, on the other hand, sometimes not. This recent Dalziel and Pascoe mystery provides an example of both. It is too clever by half. To begin with, the Fat Man, Andy Dalziel, is now awake from the...

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The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu by Michael Stanley – review

March 8, 2010
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The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu by Michael Stanley – review

Following the successful introduction of Detective David “Kubu” Bengu in “A Carrion Death,” the writing duo of Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears have followed up with another excellent novel featuring the rotund Botswanan. In addition to drawing a colorful character, the authors depict the African landscape, people and environment with realism. The case begins...

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Fugitive by Phillip Margolin – review

March 1, 2010
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Fugitive by Phillip Margolin – review

Amanda Jaffe and her father are leading criminal defense attorneys in Oregon, having won high profiles cases outlined in previous novels in the series. Each is separately presented with another challenging defendant in the current novel. The wife of a U.S. Congressman is charged with conspiring to have her husband murdered, but Frank Jaffe...

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