Skip to main content

A Few Quickie Reviews

Well I have been reading. Let me tell you about them.

When One Man Dies -Dave White
Debut from this author proved to be a very good read even if I felt that I had read it before. This seems faint praise, but I assure it is not. It is just the happenstance of reading authors like Michael Koryta and Marcus Sakey. In deed Koryta's second book and Sakey's 2007 debut have plot points that bear similarities. Koryta with the friend killed by a hit and run, and Sakey with the one-time friend turned bitter enemy. Spaced out over a few years, all three books read fantastic. When One Man Dies suffers the fate of having been read third in a short succession of weeks. Still, let me say that I look forward to the next book Mr. White deigns to release on this world.

Sorrow's Anthem - Michael Koryta
I was a hysterical for Koryta's first book. That book struck a very dark and at times sinister mood. Sorrow is not up to that level but it is still a good book. My general issue with the book is a problem that I have with a lot of fiction or film for that matter. In this case, one of the central conflicts of the story could be easily resolved if the characters just talked to one another.... had a simple conversation. Now I know this is a book and it needs conflict to drive the story. I agree. But conflict should serve the story not the author. I feel that Koryta forces a conflict between the hero, Lincoln Perry, and some of his townie friends who blame Lincoln for the death of another friend. They bicker and fight well into the book when it is clear that Lincoln is hardly to blame and in fact has gone over and above to find the real cause of this death/murder. This is minor criticism. Sorrow is a good book and fine addition to this series and one I will continue to read.

Volk's Game
- Brent Ghelfi
This book and author has been highly tauted as the next great thriller and next great thriller author. Move over Jack Reacher and Lee Child there is a Russian Badass on the scene. Here is the problem with this comparison...... a comparison made by others not just me.... I am, sadly, not a fan of Lee Child. So strangely the comparison still works for me although not as the publisher and reviewers of Volk's Game anticipated. Brent Ghelfi is the new Lee Child. Unfortunately, both authors write a slick novel that does not connect with me on any level. Emotional... visceral.... Nada.

Reading this over it seems like a bummer. Not true dear readers. When One Man Dies and Sorrow's Anthem are both really good reads. They just suffer from comparison, and I freely admit it is a comparison forced on the book(s) by me. Each book should be judged on their merits, that being said read/buy both those books.


Popular posts from this blog

The Very Best of Mr. Dennis Lehane

I thought this post would appear in October. Ya, know when SHUTTER ISLAND: THE MOVIE was supposed to be released. And then it wasn't. Something about Leo not being able to do 'press' for the movie. Doesn't really matter the reason, a February release date has one of those fancy Hollywood meanings: Not Good.

Look I'll be honest, I didn't connect with SHUTTER ISLAND. I loved the fifties setting, the haunted house atmosphere, and impending doom of the Hurricane. Even the set-up of the story was intriguing but how it played out just didn't work for me. Some interesting characters, a bunch of great set pieces, but the ending announces itself with an expected, thud that went nowhere.

Am I still going to the movie? Its Lehane, Scorsese, Leo, and Ruffalo of course I am. Anyway the list.

8. Prayers for Rain - 1999
The last Kenzie-Gennaro book follows our heroes as they investigate a guy who is terrorizing women into committing suicide. The book played like an episode o…

Time, Hand Wringing, and Cari Mora

My first question about the new Thomas Harris novel, CARI MORA is... Is this big news? My immediate reaction was to be only mildly excited. Despite the fact that over the last 10 years, Google has received the following searching requests from me: 'New Thomas Harris 2012,' New Thomas Harris 2016, etc. CARI MORA marks Mr. Harris's first book in 13 years. I should be pumping my fist. It was only when I read the brief synopsis did my interest tick up because I was thankful to read Mr. Harris had left his singular creation behind, at least for this book.
I think the easy answer is yes, this is undoubtedly big news. The reason why is obvious. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is the most important Crime Thriller release of the last 30 years and I don't think there is an argument to be made against it. There may be better-written books, but no other book has the impact that LAMBS continues to have to this day. I think what complicates this question is the legacy that the book left b…

The Very Best of Mr. Michael Connelly - Part 2

My August 31 post of The Hungry Detective ranked all the non-Bosch books. This list returns to take on the larger task of Mr. Heironimous Bosch. 9 Dragons made its appearance right before the Indy B'Con, and try as I might... ok I didn't try that hard... I didn't have time to read it for inclusion in these rankings.

As a quick aside I don't want to undersell any of the books at the bottom of the list. Mr. Connelly doesn't know how to write a bad book, but in my case there have been occasions where I have not connected with his work.

13. THE NARROWS - 2004
It is because I love THE POET so much that this book is at the end of the list. When Mr. Connelly is at his best his works has the precision of a watchmaker. THE NARROWS just felt forced and not worthy of the intricacy of THE POET.

12. BLACK ICE - 1993
Second book. Third read. I thought the story was pretty flat. It has been well over a decade since I read this book, but the story of Mexican drug runners(?) did not do …