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The Storks Of La Caridad
The Storks Of La Caridad
by Florence Byham Weinberg
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before all the technology and forensics there was..., July 9, 2005
thinking. Jesuit Ignaz Pfefferkorn wants to life the life he has chosen, but he is good at solving murders. Without even fingerprinting Pfefferkorn must look at the evidence, talk with people, and come to an understanding of what really happened. The evidence is trampled and overlooked. People don't tell the whole truth. Yet Pfefferkorn is able, through much effort to learn the motives and solve the murder. Twists and turns and a final twist make this well worth reading. Ignaz Pfefferkorn really existed and really was rounded up by the Church and placed in prison. This makes the story more believable and complete. There are two other Pfefferkorn mysteries by Florence Weinberg that are set in northern Mexico rather than in Spain.


Demolition Angel
Demolition Angel
by Robert Crais
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense Thriller, May 16, 2000
This review is from: Demolition Angel (Hardcover)
This one works. A complex plot peopled with complex characters should put this one on everyone's thriller list. Action starts before chapter 1, so don't skip the Prologue.
Carol Starkey is a bomb-hardened Los Angeles Detective-2 in the Criminal Conspiracy Section working her way back to the bomb squad. A simple-looking pipe bomb detonates in a shopping mall and turns out to be much more than your standard pipe bomb. It's Starkey's turn in rotation, and she begins the investigation. The FBI Bomb Data Center and the ATS National Repository turn up similarities between this bomb and others found around the country, which lead her into the more complex world of a "chronic", a person who is addicted to bombs and the excitement of seeing their effects. Sometimes her own worst enemy, Starkey manages to move from one extreme to the other and back again during the chase. Many twists, dead ends, and convolutions make this a test of your predictive and investigative skills.
Tightly plotted, tightly written, and complex with non-stop action. This will keep you reading into the night.


Writing the Modern Mystery (Genre Writing Series)
Writing the Modern Mystery (Genre Writing Series)
by Barbara Norville
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this one first!, April 2, 2000
Barbara Norville has provided the basic and advanced concepts of writing a mystery. She brings her 20+ years of experience into the book through a detailed analysis of the modern mystery, but still cautions the new writer that the genre is changing as she writes. The successful authors are the ones that come up with something original. This book helps with the technical aspects of writing your mystery. It covers what makes a mystery, motive, plotting, the opening/middle/end, what makes a memorable character, and presenting your manuscript. I found this book very valuable.
After you have read this book, pick up "The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery" by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick and start to become famous.


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