Posts Tagged ‘ Theodore Feit ’

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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Blowback by Peter May – review

July 22, 2011
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The reader of an Enzo Macleod mystery faces a formidable task: Confronted by the deviousness of the unsolved crime Enzo seeks to solve, the magnificent descriptions of the area in France in which he works to complete the task, and the culinary delights of le haute cuisine Francaise, the reader has to overcome the...

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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

July 20, 2011
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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

The Hon. Phryne Fisher makes her 16th appearance in this novel wherein she deservedly takes her entourage, including daughters Ruth and Jane, companion Dot, and pet Molly, on a vacation to the Australian coastal resort of Queenscliff where they are to spend relaxing time, i.e., no crimes or murders, at a house loaned to...

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The Final Reckoning By Sam Bourne – review

July 19, 2011
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The Final Reckoning By Sam Bourne – review

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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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin – review

July 18, 2011
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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin – review

The author, a former crime reporter for the L.A. Times, has published three non-fiction books prior to this, his first novel. It certainly reflects his deep knowledge of crime and police procedure, and certainly reflects all the past works that have preceded this effort, including such established authors as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, James...

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Box 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom – review

July 17, 2011
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Box 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom – review

This is not an easy novel to read, but it is well worth it because it is quite different from the usual crime-cum-thriller novels from Scandinavia. It really is a psychological study of the conflicts facing detectives in their moral and ethical judgments. It is the story of how they not only solve cases,...

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Murder on the Palais Royal by Cara Black – review

July 17, 2011
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Murder on the Palais Royal by Cara Black – review

The sights, sounds and smells of Paris were authenticated not only in the reading of this novel, but in actually reading it while in the City of Light. Thus, a double pleasure was experienced as we followed the adventures of Aimee Leduc along the streets and boulevards through which we both walked. Aimee’s troubles...

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G.I. Bones by Martin Limon – review

July 16, 2011
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G.I. Bones by Martin Limon – review

Seoul, South Korea, is one of the more exotic locales for a murder mystery, and the C.I.D operatives, Sgts. Sueno and Bascom, are two of the more different protagonists around. This is the sixth entry in the series, but the first this reader has undertaken. The setting is not only Seoul, but Itaewon, the...

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Negative Image by Vicki Delany – review

July 15, 2011
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Negative Image by Vicki Delany – review

With each entry in the Constable Molly Smith-Trafalgar City Police Sergeant John Winters series, the plots become more sophisticated, the character development deeper, and the relationships more complicated. In this, the fourth novel in the mystery series, all these elements are present to a high degree. To begin with, a has-been photographer, for whom...

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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell – review

July 15, 2011
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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell – review

International intrigue is at the heart of the plot which joins Emma Cross, former CIA operative and now with St. Kilda’s Consulting, and Mackenzie Durand, former Special Ops leader, the only survivor of his team in its last mission. Now a transit captain, he picks up a brand new yacht, the Blackbird, offloaded from...

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Outwitting Trolls by William G. Tapply – review

July 14, 2011
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Outwitting Trolls by William G. Tapply – review

Unfortunately, this is the final Brady Coyne novel. It was completed shortly before William G. Tapply’s death last year. He left behind a substantial body of work, including 25 books in the Brady Coyne series alone. Mr. Tapply was a masterful storyteller. Reading his books has always been an immense pleasure, and he will...

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Edge by Jeffrey Deaver – review

July 13, 2011
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Edge by Jeffrey Deaver – review

While Jeffery Deaver’s newest novel is uneven, it is unusually enigmatic, always coming up with the unexpected. The characters often seem wooden, but their adventures are anything but dull, taking the reader from one gripping situation to another. The plot involves a secret government agency that specializes in protecting victims until the pursuer is...

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Past Tense by Catherine Aird

July 12, 2011
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This is the newest in the Sloan and Crosby mystery series, DCI Sloan and Constable Crosby, that is, the quaint English combination resembling Abbott and Costello with an accent. A couple of seemingly unrelated deaths, one of natural causes, the other perhaps murder, set off a police procedural in which a series of unconnected...

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FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French – review

October 17, 2010
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FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French – review

Twenty-two years after he left his home on Faithful Place in Dublin, Frank Mackey gets a telephone call from his sister telling him that a suitcase was found in an abandoned house in the neighborhood where he was supposed to meet his girlfriend, Rosie, and together run off to a new life in London...

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TESTAROSSA By Julie Dolcemaschio

October 16, 2010
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TESTAROSSA By Julie Dolcemaschio

In case you don’t speak Italian, the title of the book means redhead. It also is the surname of the protagonist, a Los Angeles homicide detective by way of Brooklyn and a somewhat ambiguous NYPD background. His father also was a New York cop, which always is in the background, introducing each chapter of...

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THE WHISPERERS by John Connolly – review

October 16, 2010
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THE WHISPERERS by John Connolly – review

There is always the element of the supernatural in a Charlie Parker novel. And “The Whisperers” is no exception. However, reality plays an important part in the theme, giving the author the opportunity to reflect on the horrors of war and its effects – especially combat stress – on the lives of those who...

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DEAD LINE by Stella Rimington

October 15, 2010
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DEAD LINE by Stella Rimington

In the newest entry in one of the better contemporary spy series, highlighting the activities of Liz Carlyle and her co-workers at Britain’s MI5, “Dead Line” focuses on the Mideast situation. A conference is scheduled in Scotland for talks between the heads of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and Israel. And naturally, intelligence information indicates...

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CAPER by Parnell Hall

October 15, 2010
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CAPER by Parnell Hall

Nobody he knows ever said Stanley Hastings was the brightest PI on the street. In fact, they usually call him “moron.” Even he acknowledges his failures at acting and other endeavors, and his main source of income as an “investigator” for a negligence attorney requires little intelligence. In fact he is the only one...

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SPEAK NO EVIL by Martyn Waites – review

October 14, 2010
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SPEAK NO EVIL by Martyn Waites – review

Three subplots run through this Joe Donovan novel, the fourth in the series. The main theme involves a book Joe is to ghostwrite based on interviews with a woman, Ann Marie, who murdered a young boy when she was eleven years old. As the interviews continue, further information concerning additional murders of children over...

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