I came to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries pretty late, but that does give me the advantage of being able to read them in the order in which they were written over a fairly short period of time. In "Junkyard Dogs," the sixth book in the series, I was happy to find that Johnson returned the sheriff to the confines of his own county and state. The previous two novels in the series saw Longmire working in Philadelphia and then going undercover in an adjacent Wyoming county to his own. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the locale (and the issue of being undercover) meant that the books focused almost entirely on Longmire and that his fine supporting cast was barely… Read more
For a while now, many fans of Elizabeth George’s long running Inspector Lynley series have been hoping for a book featuring Lynley’s partner Barbara Havers. With the 719-page Just One Evil Act, those fans are finally getting what they wished for…in spades. This one is pretty much all about Barbara, with all of the other main characters, including Thomas Lynley, spending their time reacting to decisions and choices (usually very poor ones) made by Barbara over the course of several months.
Little Hadiyyah, daughter of Barbara’s neighbor and close friend, Taymullah Azhar, has been snatched by the little girl’s mother. Barbara can count her friends on the fingers of one hand, and… Read more
As always in a book of Malcolm Gladwell's, "David and Goliath" is an easily accessible series of stories illustrating the author's latest pet theory about the way the world really works. This time around, Gladwell focuses on the roll of underdogs doing battle with the giants of the world and just how surprisingly often those underdogs are able to defeat their larger, better funded, or physically (or technologically) superior foes.
The book begins with Gladwell's detailed re-telling of the biblical story of David and Goliath. The way that Gladwell tells it, in fact, it sounds as if Goliath (slow witted, vision challenged, etc.) never really had a chance against the… Read more