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The Drop
The Drop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let it Ride, September 9, 2014
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This extended short story or novelized screenplay reads less like Dennis Lehane and more like an homage to Elmore Leonard. Criminals are inherently violent and for the most part not too bright. No surprise, then, that things don't work out well for them. No surprise either that Bob, the bartender in the dive where the action here is centered, is neither violent nor as dumb as he looks, and therefore marked as the hero of the story. There is murder, mayhem, and larceny afoot, but Bob keeps things in perspective. His bachelor life has changed because he now has a dog and a girl, and he's not about to give either one up to the lowlifes who threaten his chance for happiness.

Other reviews will tell you the details of the story. Suffice it to say this is a caper tale with all the usual twists and turns. Not great art, but entertaining.
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The Book of Souls (Detective Inspector Mclean)
The Book of Souls (Detective Inspector Mclean)
by James Oswald
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Survivor, July 7, 2014
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There is a nice turn near the end of this Edinburgh-set murder mystery where our protagonist, DI Tony Mclean, clears up a small matter of mistaken identity when he spots the look-alike for a dead criminal as that person peruses the display of an Ian Rankin novel in a bookstore window. Is there room for more than one fictional detective in the "patch" that is Lothian and Borders police? After an engrossing 72 hours consuming The Book of Souls, I'd say so.

Comparison to Rebus (or even Malcolm Fox) does no one justice. But Maclean stands on his own as a well-formed character pursuing criminals both mundane and terrifying across the Scottish landscape. The writing is very good, as is the plotting and character development. The mystery does embrace what may be fantastical elements, but not to an off-putting degree. This is a serial killer police procedural, and a very solid one. I'm glad to have picked it up, and will go back to read the earlier title in this series whilst I await the publication of the most recent.


The Catch: A Novel
The Catch: A Novel
by Taylor Stevens
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catch It If You Can, July 4, 2014
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Vanessa Michael Munroe, the androgynous heroine of the four novels now written by Taylor Stevens, finds herself immersed in intrigue in East Africa. The plot is difficult to summarize, and especially so without spoilers, but it involves Somali pirates, gun running, blackmail, kidnapping and all the accompaniments that make the Stevens novels so compelling.

The novel is complex, and keeping track of the plot twists demands attention. It is well-rewarded. The small details are fun to follow, and the larger story captivates.


The Arsonist: A novel
The Arsonist: A novel
by Sue Miller
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Burn, June 24, 2014
This review is from: The Arsonist: A novel (Hardcover)
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Someone is setting fire to the mostly unoccupied summer homes in a small and remote New Hampshire village. Town/gown relationships begin to fray, and the populace is on edge. This is the backdrop to the story of Frankie Rowley, who joins her recently retired parents as they become the full-time residents of the summer home that has been in the family for generations. Frankie has burned out after being an aid worker in Africa for a decade and a half, and she needs time and space to plot her next move. Burnout is everywhere in this novel; Frankie's parents are on a downward course as her father increasingly falls victim to a neurological disease, and her mother determines that her life has been unfulfiling. Bud Jacobs, the publisher of the town's weekly, is a refugee from big city journalism and is attracted to Frankie, but will she let him in? These story elements simmer, and reach an anticlimax as the arsonist is caught, Frankie's parents depart for places where treatment is available, and Frankie and Bud ponder a small town future.

The story is well-written and engaging, but is best enjoyed a chapter or two at a time, on the summer porch, and without expectations.


Natchez Burning (Penn Cage Book 4)
Natchez Burning (Penn Cage Book 4)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Brightly, May 24, 2014
This epic novel takes us back to Mississippi in the 1960's and forth to the same place today. Horrible crimes were committed then and never solved, and justice still awaits. The perpetrators are now old men, and many who are alive today were children then, but now must deal with the sins of their fathers.

It gets very personal for narrator Penn Cage when his own father's imperfections come to roost in accusations that he now has committed a capital crime. Secrets thought to have been buried in the past are exposed, and their implications are explored without relent.

This novel takes off the gloves in its exposition of the tribal hatreds that surround racism in America. The ambition of the interwoven story lines cannot be contained within the frame of one novel, even one of 800 pages. Two more titles, allready written, will be published over the next two years to complete the saga. One looks forward not only to mysteries solved and justice done, but also to the masterful characters, prose and dialogue that always have marked Greg Iles as one of the finest American writers alive today. Natchez Burning is the first installment of a masterpiece, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Case Logic CL5-2003 iPhone 5/5s Cover - Gold/Brown
Case Logic CL5-2003 iPhone 5/5s Cover - Gold/Brown
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy Case, May 20, 2014
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This Case Logic case provides cushioning for your iPhone 5 or 5S, and an attractive backside. Different styles abound and are a matter of taste. This is muted and sophisticated, and many users will find that it's just the ticket.


DirecTV B Band Converter SUP 2400
DirecTV B Band Converter SUP 2400
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Does the Trick, May 15, 2014
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Unfortunately, many of the folks who fill packages for DirecTV are in the dark when it comes to understanding when one of these babies is necessary for your new receiver to get the full range of channels. Consequently, they don't pack one. If you find yourself in this situation, you will also find that it is much quicker, cheaper, and less aggravating simply to order one or more of these converters from Amazon, then to try to get relief from your customer service rep on the other side of the planet.


Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Code, May 15, 2014
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This is an excellent series of articles about cross-species understanding. What many dog owners fail to realize is that you can't train a dog if you can't think like a dog. This book will help guide you to that willing suspension of human-think that will enable you to better understand the motivations, the cues, and the keys to better communication with your pets. Highly recommended.


Police: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole series Book 10)
Police: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole series Book 10)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Would Harry Hole Do?, November 2, 2013
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This is the question that Harry's remaining devoted colleagues ask themselves for the first third of this novel as they try to identify and arrest a killer who targets police officers whose "crime" is that they have failed to close the murder investigations they've undertaken.

This probably will be a difficult novel to follow for those who have not read the previous title in this series. At the end of that story, Harry was shot point blank in the head and chest. This story begins as a continuation of that, with a police guard posted outside the hospital room of a victim who has been in a coma since his body was discovered near death months before. Things do not go well for him. Many of the principal villains from the previous novel continue about their evil machinations, and so the story goes on.

This novel is so full of spoilers that little more can or should be said. Suffice it to say that despite considerable heartbreak experienced along the way, the novel ends on an upbeat note albeit with a twist suggesting that despite the odds, evil is still afoot and a sequel is on the way.

I recommend this novel without qualification as one of Nesbo's best.


Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
by Jessica Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.18
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reality is Hard, October 17, 2013
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This well-written memoir of a difficult time lived in difficult circumstances will give pause to those who think they can make a difference in the world, while at the same time illuminating the personal challenges and self-awareness that may result from trying. Well worth reading.


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