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Posted on Jun 20, 2012 4:30:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 4:35:18 PM PDT
CCH says:
"Absolution" by Susan Fleet is a fast-paced, murder mystery thriller, set in New Orleans post Katrina. A very good, and hard to put down read! Her second book is "DIVA". It also has great reviews. I read both in May. Just noticed it is FREE for Kindle today! Get it while it's FREE!!! (link below)

ABSOLUTION (Frank Renzi Novels Book 1)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 4:51:17 PM PDT
cave76 says:
CCH---- thanks for the tip. I've downloaded it and will try to remember to give my humble opinion after I've read it. Which brings me to the thought----- I feel a trifle guilty when downloading a free ebook. But I wonder if, in the long run, giving away a book might not pay off for the author. I know that if I'm introduced to a new author and like his/her writing then I'd certainly be willing to pay for one of their ebooks later on. Maybe it's a 'loss leader' sorta thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 5:40:50 PM PDT
Yeah, Cave76. I think it works out pretty well for the author. Personally, I have purchased several of the author's work after reading a freebie. And, look at the discussion board here alone. We are discussing those same works. Not everyone will wait until they are free again before downloading. I think the whole program is just great.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 5:51:31 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 5:58:32 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Nancy the book is not available - have you been issued with an advanced copy?

Also there aren't any reviews

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:03:35 PM PDT
Miss M says:
I can see it here Cphe, must be a geo thing. Doesn't look like it's a thriller - very hard to tell. No cover pic, was released yesterday, no info on the author's credentials (well, I'm guessing he's married to Nancy since he's Steve Glener...) .99/143 pages. Looks more like a Wall Street expose but no way to tell.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:10:05 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Miss M - Thanks for that - when I clicked it on there was just a short synopsis - no availability/price/picture.

I know that some readers are issued with advance copies of certain books - thought that may be the case here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:12:28 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Cave 76 - I went to download Skinner's Rules - but it says it has been pulled by the publisher

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 6:21:50 PM PDT
I don't know anything about Shorts, Bombs and Wall Street Dons, but if it's a financial thriller you are looking for, give Stephen Frey a look. Also Zero Sum by Russell Blake I found to be pretty good. It's listed as a trilogy, but actually I'd consider it one book in three parts.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 9:57:01 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 21, 2012 1:16:26 AM PDT
Martin says:
I'm surprised no one's mentioning Lee Child - or has he become a little samey for some people? I've only recently looked at them. Tight and tense, if a little slow moving. Personally I really liked Bill Napier's The Lure if it's still available. High concept really gripped me for the first half - very unusual - but the action becomes more ordinary after that point. Similar, but much more believable is tom Aston's The Machine, which has a real hook with the main character and keeps the intrigue and twists going right till the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 9:26:28 AM PDT
cave76 says:
Aw snap!

Yeah, I see what you mean. Drat. I found this on the Amazon UK site:

Skinner's Rules (Bob Skinner Mysteries)

"Item Under Review

This title is currently unavailable because customers have told us that there may be something wrong with the description, the content, or the way that the content is displayed.

We're working with the publisher to fix the problem as quickly as possible. As always, we value customer feedback."

Another site said that copyright of an image on the cover is under review.

And sometimes UK and USA publishers don't play nice with each other. Who knows. I hope they get it straightened out soon.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 10:05:03 AM PDT
cave76 says:
While rummaging through the mess on my book shelves this a.m. I found a book that might be a good one for people to get. I bought it used for about $6 last year and have used it many times, when I can find it!, as a reference.

Novel Verdicts (A Guide to Courtroom Fiction) by Jon L. Breen.

The author does offer his personal take on most of the books, which I find helpful.

From Booklist via Amazon:

"Entries are arranged alphabetically by author. Besides standard bibliographic information, each entry includes a symbol indicating how much of the book's plot actually involves a trial (from less than a quarter to more than three-quarters, with a special designation for short stories) and a critical annotation. Most annotations are a paragraph in length (with some, such as that for Grisham's A Time to Kill, considerably longer) and focus on the effectiveness of the courtroom action. The first edition of the guide was praised for the excellence of Breen's annotations, and he is just as entertaining and informative here."

Obviously it's for lovers of courtroom fiction/mystery (moi).

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 10:19:37 AM PDT
cave76 says:
Has T Jefferson Parker been mentioned? I've read several of his but his California Girl sticks in my mind. It's almost more a novel than a mystery----- but don't let that throw you off.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 1:37:33 PM PDT
J. M. Orent says:
I just read a newly published author TOM LOWE.. His first book with his character SEAN O'BRIEN. I started one day and finished the next,, couldn't put it down. I love finding new authors and then sticking with them. This book was absolutely spell binding and so well written.. I now have his 2nd and 3rd novel to read. Might be old stuff?? but his character is a retired cop but with a heart and conscience... I was picturing all kinds of good old actors to play the part as I read it..
I'm sure you'll enjoy it... Joyce

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 2:07:33 PM PDT
@Cave: Yes, TJP is an author worth reading if he's not already on a person's list. Using Cphe's term I did, however, retire his Charlie Hood character after three novels. Plots no longer interested me. I found the stand alone novels to all be excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 4:02:37 PM PDT
CCH says:
Hi Cave76: Glad you decided to read Absolution. Well, I have purchased several books for my Kindle, but I have also downloaded lots of FREE books without feeling guilty :) Let me know how you like the book. Susan Fleet is a new author also.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 12:49:03 PM PDT
WALK-IN by Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smiley is a thriller with a paranormal twist...and I love T. Jefferson Parker too!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 1:19:01 PM PDT
Hi Jenifer. Let me recommend Dominion by John Eickert. You won't be able to put it down. I promise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:44:35 PM PDT
D. L. Bobbs says:
If you're reading Koontz, I find that Intensity definitely lived up to the name. It was probably the most thrilling of all I've read of his books. I really like books by Erica Spindler - she has some twists and turns along the road. She has female protagonists, some with issues, some involved with men with issues. Just finished "In Silence" by her and it was pretty good - had trouble putting it down. In Silence

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:58:49 PM PDT
T.H. Kendle says:
Cave76, please don't ever feel guilty about downloading a book for free. Authors choose when their books are free, and yes it does benefit us (please don't flame me...I'm not trying to sell my book, but to encourage the free downloads and give some author insight). For one, the talk on the boards can increase future sales. Next, perhaps an agent, publisher, or screenwriter will pick up a free copy and like. Plus, it also increases total books out and rankings, and it helps to put those figures in query letters to agents. If I'm not giving it out free (they only allow a certain number of free days), then I'll often just gift it out. Right now, for me anyway, it's not about making money, but just enjoying the thought of people reading my work. I think many authors would agree. So please don't feel guilty for downloading a free book, and just enjoy a good story someone has managed to pull from another world :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 7:54:11 PM PDT
OH - this is an old book, but SO good. Might be time for me to read it again too.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 7:46:01 AM PDT
J. M. Orent says:
TAYLOR STEVENS, a new author,, her first (The Informationist) is excellent... Her character V. Michael Munroe is one of the most intense and most interesting character I've ever read. TS has her 2nd book out (The Innocent) and I'm reading it.. Can hardly put it down..
Miss Stevens was in a religious cult as a child and escaped,, now an adult and writing.
Want to have your hair curled?? Read it...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 7:51:41 AM PDT
cave76 says:
Thank you, Mr Kendle, for your post----- what you said fits in with what others here have said about 'free' books and the 'down the road' benefits an author might receive from offering free or almost free books.
I went to Amazon to read about your book, fully intending to download it and try it, but sadly I'm not a fan of the paranormal. But I'm sure others will like that genre.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:50:42 AM PDT
Charlie Fox says:
I read The Informationist last year, and just kept insisting to everyone I talked to that they HAD to read it. I thought it was really, really good. I forgot all about The Innocent, so thanks for the reminder, I have to get it to the top of my tbr pile.
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