It was great to pick up with the characters from A Time To Kill. Jake, Harry Rex, Ozzie, Lucien, and Carla are warm, comfortable and pleasingly familiar. It is three years after the case that cemented Jake's reputation as a skilled litigator. While his notoriety is strong, his bank account is weak. Such is the reality of small town lawyering. Then a case falls in his lap involving the will of a gentleman that has taken his own life.
We are then treated to a course on wills and estates as only Grisham can do. Nothing is straightforward and a part of The South's ugly past plays an important role. I thoroughly enjoyed the book until it moved into the courtroom. Then it became… Read more
There is an Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins quality to this novel. It includes insurmountable odds (to say the least), military detail, and deception. Unlike the works of MacLean or Higgins, the main characters are not fun to root for. This is not because they are part of the Nazi war machine. They are just not valiant or valued even though they include air war aces and a principled diplomat.
The adventure also bogs down in detail that exists in copious amounts. I appreciated the quest for authenticity but it overwhelmed and took away from pace and interest. Subplots abounded and were hit and miss. Still, it entertained but the more interesting story would have been how the… Read more
Morris is a fifty year old writer of a popular syndicated newspaper column. For material he borrows liberally from his own life. He also seeds in the stories of clients of his physician wife ("They were addicted to the material, to commerce, to the comfort of stuff."). This formula works until his life gets unbearably real when Morris gets a very 'American' knock at the door. Those knocking are two representatives of the Canadian military there to deliver the news of Morris' son's death in Afghanistan. A loss made deeper as it was a case of friendly fire.
This is not usually a subject broached in Canadian conversation (or fiction). Yet, it is an important and relevant… Read more
It was a relatively lean year for outstanding business books even though Sheryl Sandberg grabbed attention and book sales with “Lean In”. Her well-intentioned but unremarkable plea for empowerment will go down in history as one of the most skillfully promoted books. In fact, a great book for 2014&hellip Read more
It is that time of year again when media is flooded with predictions for the coming year and retrospectives on the year ending. A related practice is to put together a ‘top ten’ or ‘best of category’ list.
Through the years, I have contributed “best” business and marketing book list for various&hellip Read more
I just plain love to read and that is reflected in the range of subjects amongst my favorites; New York Fiction (Lethem, Chabon, Carver, Yates, McCaan, Cheever), Military History (Beevor, Ryan, Toland, Clark, Hastings, Evans, Atkinson), Historical Thrillers (Fesperman, Kerr, Furst, Steinhauer, Harris) and I have a couple of guilty pleasures - zombie/post-apocalyptic novels and alternative history.
I love 70's rock and for fear of sounding like an old fogey lament most of the current music. I also enjoy the 60's British Invasion and a have soft spot for New Wave as I was in high school from 1979-83. A guilty pleasure are show tunes and I will belt them out after one swig of scotch.
Spy movies and thrillers tend to keep my interest most but I appreciate turning my brain off for 90 minutes in most movies.
I appreciate that Amazon is well stocked in gag & novelty items (but my wife is not - she keeps throwing out my fart machine).