Posts Tagged ‘ Putnam ’

Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby by Ace Atkins – review

October 7, 2012
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It is completely understandable that publishers and families would be reluctant to give up a long-standing franchise. In the case of Dick Francis, at least, his son Felix, who did research for many of the father’s novels, then co-wrote them before taking over alone, keeping it not only in the family but on a...

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Buried Prey by John Sandford – review

January 15, 2012
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Discovery of the bodies of two young girls, murdered 25 years earlier, sets the stage for a look at the popular protagonist, Lucas Davenport, both as a rookie patrolman and later as the seasoned investigator of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension a quarter of a century later. Soon after joining the Minneapolis police department,...

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Cold Wind by C.J. Box – review

January 7, 2012
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It’s not easy being a game warden, especially if your name is Joe Pickett and you keep getting sidetracked with all kinds of side issues, murders, assignments from the governor and so on. In this, the 11th in the series, there are a few twists, including a look at the issue of wind energy....

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The Sentry by Robert Crais – review

September 7, 2011
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There are many larger-than-life, hard-boiled superheroes, some more believable than others. Then there is Joe Pike: A strong, contemplative, quiet, unassuming protagonist. And his sorrowful and anguished side-kick, PI Elvis Cole, adds a more human touch. Together, they make a great team, and in this, the third thriller in the series with Joe in...

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Crossfire by Dick Francis and Felix Francis – review

December 2, 2010
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Crossfire by Dick Francis and Felix Francis – review

This is the fourth work completed by Dick Francis and his son, and it certainly lives up the standards the late author set in a long and distinguished career until his death last February. As did the more than 40 novels Dick Francis wrote, it takes as its milieu the British horse-racing scene. Captain...

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The Hidden Man by David Ellis – review

August 6, 2010
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The Hidden Man by David Ellis – review

As twists go to wrap up a mystery, this novel contains a mild tornado. That is all to the good after it begins rather sluggishly to build up to the climax. The plot is fairly complicated and begins with recounting Jason Kolarich’s mildly troubled boyhood, and his development as an athlete and eventually a...

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Hardball by Sara Paretsky – review

July 25, 2010
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Hardball by Sara Paretsky – review

In past novels, Sara Paretsky has tackled many hard topics and never shied away from them. In Hardball, she writes about the ugly race relations that existed in Chicago during the 1960’s, something she experienced first-hand when she was doing community service there in 1966. Yet the V.I. Warshawski series is built around the...

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Even Money by Dick Francis and Felix Francis – review

March 12, 2010
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Even Money by Dick Francis and Felix Francis – review

Dick Francis has written more than 40 novels, the last three co-written with his son Felix. In Easy Money, the protagonist is not the typical jockey or trainer, but a bookmaker, giving the authors the opportunity to turn a fresh eye on the racing world which serves as the backdrop for their novels. Ned...

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Book Review: The First Rule by Robert Crais

February 27, 2010
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Book Review: The First Rule by Robert Crais

Putnam January, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-399-15613-7 Hardcover, 320 pp., $26.95 Joe Pike again plays a leading role in this thriller, while Elvis Cole, who usually is in the forefront, is relegated to a supporting but vital function. It all starts when one of Pike’s former contract mercenaries, Frank, who retired 11 years before when Pike...

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Book Review: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Putnam December, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-399-15597-0 Hardcover, 403 pp., $27.95 Nearing the end of the alphabet, “U” is the 21st novel in the Kinsey Millhone series, in which Sue Grafton develops the plot utilizing the past and present, alternating between events during 1967 and her current investigation in 1988. It begins when a young man...

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