The novelisation of Rogue One written by Star Wars Battlefront scribe Alexander Freed reads so well it could easily have been written BEFORE the filmThe novelisation of Rogue One written by Star Wars Battlefront scribe Alexander Freed reads so well it could easily have been written BEFORE the film script. Not only does Rogue One include added character introspection not fully realised in the movie but also provides additional supplemental information that elaborates on the story for extra context complementary to the film. To fully embrace this book and get the most out of it, I'd recommend reading the prequel Star Wars Catalyst and watching the Rogue One film. Rogue One is truely a great read and perhaps the best Star Wars story to date. 5/5 stars....more
Crimson Lake, set in and around the tropical north Queensland city of Cairns is centered around three distinct crimes linked by circumstance after theCrimson Lake, set in and around the tropical north Queensland city of Cairns is centered around three distinct crimes linked by circumstance after the fact. Candice Fox weaves both Amanda's and Ted's history into the present day setting; that, along with the coupling of the damaged protagonists gives the book added depth, making Crimson Lake a meaty read but still an easy page turner.
Crime one is the abduction and rape of a 13yr old girl, last seen at a Sydney bus stop talking to then Detective Ted Conkaffey, the man who is accused of the terrible crime. The charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Ted's move to the tropical north was meant to distant himself from this failure of justice and that of his broken down marriage.
Crime two is the brutal murder of a young and popular teen some 10+ years ago by the current local PI Amanda. A crime she doesn't dispute yet doesn't provide a motive. Something isn't adding up - the book explores this event in Amanda's past and unveils some very interesting revelations.
Crime three is a mystery where the culprit isn't easily identifiable, nor for that matter are the suspects as the sleuthing unveils leads on the path to crazy - a clever use of misdirection. The local literary star has gone missing, presumed dead by his all too blase' wife, with police seeming to be dragging their feet, Cairns PI Amanda gets involved.
Crimson Lake is a fast moving book with well developed and likable characters but its strength lies in the detail; the meretricious weaving of plot threads to form a single coherent narrative results in a truly enveloping tale that races towards an edge-of-your-seat finale.
Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a murder mystery set in an outback mining town in Western Australia. The protagonist, Detective HarrNever Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a murder mystery set in an outback mining town in Western Australia. The protagonist, Detective Harriet Blue is sent to the remote outpost to investigate the presumed murder of one of the miners; I say presumed, as only a foot has been located belonging the to miner - he could be alive and well though it's unlikely.
The mine itself is full of interesting and dark characters. The authors do well in establishing a varied cast as suspects including but not limited to a local drug dealer, members of an Eco friendly protest group and shady mine workers. I for one wasn't able to 100% guess who the murderer was. Never Never also provides a great insight into life on a working mine. From the sanctioned drug dealers and prostitutes (fictionalized though i'm sure this is plausible) to the portable living arrangements, food rations and forms of entertainment on and off the site pursued by the miners to pass time, Never Never was certainly atmospheric.
Like with any James Patterson books, the pages turn quickly and rarely is there room for deep character development as the thriller aspects turn into overdrive. That said, the influence of Candice Fox is evident, Never Never DOES have interesting and well fleshed out characters, that, despite some strange plotting, do read 'real'.
Never Never is a fun easy read set against a colorful and unique backdrop with an interesting plot and equally interesting characters. 4/5 stars....more
With the offer of a cool thousand dollars in exchange for spending one night with a comely young woman at a high class motel while impersonating a marWith the offer of a cool thousand dollars in exchange for spending one night with a comely young woman at a high class motel while impersonating a married man wishing to evade the public spotlight for his adultery, private detectives Cool and Lam can hardly refuse the easy score. However, things get complicated when their detective agency becomes involved in the murder investigation which occurred at the same venue.
Written in 1962, the dialogue and manner by which this case was conducted doesn't stand the test of time. Then again, that’s not really the purpose here; Try Anything Once is a pulp private detective novel which reads, court scene aside, very much like a Carter Brown book full of wanton females, inept cops, and a PI with a knack for closing cases and winning big both personally and professionally – near dime-store pulp all the way.
While entertaining enough, the frenetic ending and surprise suspects came all too quickly as the case closed at rapid speed. The final court scene felt out of place with the rest of book and read more as an easy tool to end the book and break open the murder case as apposed to a cleverly orchestrated conclusion.
Despite being book 23 in the series, Try Anything Once is new reader friendly if you can track down a copy that is. I confess, I only picked this up because of the new Hardcase Crime books. Ok pulp but I’ve read much better. 2.5 / 5. ...more
The origin story of the Governor is haunting, atmospheric and complements the TV series perfectly.
In Rise of the Governor, the 'turn' has just happenThe origin story of the Governor is haunting, atmospheric and complements the TV series perfectly.
In Rise of the Governor, the 'turn' has just happened and Phil, his daughter Penny, brother Brian and a couple of friends find themselves thrust into a real world survival horror. Fans of the Walking Dead will see nothing new here but the foreboding sense of dread is tension filled in each scene making this book hard to put down. Sure, the descriptive gore is repetitive but it works and doesn't feel reused; the world in these books demands the repetitive, after all, the characters are moving through a world of dead things and have to fight every inch to stay alive.
The narrator was perfect, effortlessly switching between characters with distinct pitch while adding a sense of urgency in the delivery throughout. I don't tend to binge on audio but I took exception here. 5/5 stars. ...more
Milat is the confronting story of the serial killer who preyed upon young women backpacking through Australia, raping and murdering without remorse. AMilat is the confronting story of the serial killer who preyed upon young women backpacking through Australia, raping and murdering without remorse. Author Clive Small, a senior detective on the case is methodical and clinical in his recollection of the case itself, procedures, process and investigative methods used to put Ivan Milat behind bars. Whilst interesting in a morbid way, this approach did result in a monotonous dour tone which at times led to distraction.
True crime readers wanting to know more about the backpacker murders will get what they are after in full gore through the harsh reality of, well, reality. Ivan is a brutal murderer with no redeeming qualities as is evident by Small’s writing of the book. Whilst the detail is hard to swallow at times, the devil needs to be brought to light to fully paint the picture that is Milat and the heinous crimes he committed.
Towards the later stages of the book, the author sidesteps Milat to detail other crimes he’s either been part of from a policing point of view or those which are likened to the backpacker murders. These vinaigrette's are insightful but all too brief. The case of a Milat family member (not Ivan) brutally murdering his mate whilst another filmed it is downright scary and warrants more page time. Returning to Milat towards the end provides a glimpse at the murderer maintaining his innocence though contradicting himself on occasion. His prison health and mental stability are also well documented.
Narrated by Peter Hosking, Milat felt at times like a lengthy nightly news bulletin. I did have to concentrate heavily through the more dour passages than I would’ve liked as the monotone was near sleep inducing, particularly late at night. (Tip - listen during the day). That said, Hosking’s Australian accent works perfect for this book and the narration itself was good enough to keep me listening.
I've listened to all of these books so far and am at the stage where I can't imagine reading the book such is the pitch perfect tone of Gerard Doyle'sI've listened to all of these books so far and am at the stage where I can't imagine reading the book such is the pitch perfect tone of Gerard Doyle's narration of the series.
The fourth book in the originally planned Sean Duffy trilogy is perhaps the deepest yet both in terms of characterisation and scale of plot. Duffy is working a murder suicide while also being part of a semi-joint task force responsible for tracking down an illegal arms deal involving American missiles, as the investigation unfolds linkages between the two cases emerge.
While the crime fiction aspect of Gun Street Girl takes center stage, it's the passages of the book about Duffy's personal life and him as a character in general I most enjoyed; author Adrian McKinity really punishes his protagonist in Gun Street Girl, one mercury tilt bomb at a time. 5/5 stars. ...more
Epic in page count and scope, The Cartel is the fantasy / sci-fi scale equivalent for crime fiction. Through a myriad of characters, Winslow depicts aEpic in page count and scope, The Cartel is the fantasy / sci-fi scale equivalent for crime fiction. Through a myriad of characters, Winslow depicts a trade so heinous that the pages themselves feel blood encrusted. Not exclusively confined to the Adan Barrera / Art Keller confrontation which largely underpins the book, The Cartel spotlights other key elements to the war on drugs through different character’s eyes, namely those portraying the journalistic angle, those involved in political and police corruption/fear mongering, and the once innocent young people their begotten families. Through the harshness of the war, victims aplenty with Winslow given page-time to the innocent and no-so alike – this is, as James Ellroy on the cover stated, the War and Peace of Dope books. 5/5....more