Engagingly written, replete with authoritative facts, reveals the real story behind western European exploration of the "new World." Stunning. Should...moreEngagingly written, replete with authoritative facts, reveals the real story behind western European exploration of the "new World." Stunning. Should be in every world history classroom in the nation.(less)
Casey Jones is a big, rollicking, smartmouth with a wicked sense of humor, and a jaundiced view of the world. Her view of the world applies particular...more Casey Jones is a big, rollicking, smartmouth with a wicked sense of humor, and a jaundiced view of the world. Her view of the world applies particularly to personal human relationships. She's a lot like her creator. And she's a lot of fun to hang around. Her adventures are modern, important and well-worth reading about. Unfortunately, too often for this reviewer (and this maybe purely personal taste) Casey has to rely on others to get her out of some really bad scrapes.
Still, we read these adventures, and look forward to more, because watching Casey choose to take on certain cases, deal with her friends and colleagues, maneuver through thickets of evil and dangerous people, not to mention her often convoluted love life,is just a whole lot of fun.
Casey Jones is an under-the-table private investigator. Because of an unfortunate past she's unable to obtain a private investigator's license in North Carolina where she hangs out. And she certainly isn't permitted to carry a weapon. But she has an accommodating partner, Bobby D., for whom Casey seems to do most of the work.
This case concerns a professor at Duke University named Helen McInnes who was the victim of a particularly violent crime, including attempted murder. Although she never saw her attacker, she has accused a fellow academic of the crime. Her attacker is acquitted and the combination of the crime and the acquittal have so traumatized the woman, she has developed agoraphobia and cannot even venture onto her own front porch. And now, she's being besieged by evil and vicious mail and telephone attacks, apparently from the same man.
Casey, of course, agrees to look into the case and the more she learns, the more inflamed becomes her ire. Into the case come her police contact, Marcus, her boyfriend Burly, her partner Bobby D, and his current girlfriend, Fanny, as well as some new characters. As befits noirish P.I. novels, this one is very plot driven. Nevertheless, Munger does an admirable job of bringing these many characters and their foibles to vibrant life.
As one has learned to expect from Munger's writing, the pace is fast, the dialogue sings and the mordant humor is well-placed. This is a very well written novel, has been well and carefully edited and deserves a place on the bookshelves of anyone who is a fan of the hard-boiled P.I. novel.
This author is truly a national treasure (of Australia) I'm in love with Phryne Fisher, a self-made woman of the twenties, smart as a whip, quick, wil...moreThis author is truly a national treasure (of Australia) I'm in love with Phryne Fisher, a self-made woman of the twenties, smart as a whip, quick, willing to put herself out there for her clients. A truly liberated woman. But not just liberated for the sake of saying so. These novels are a great commentary on society and the movements of nations. (less)
Fascinating, appalling in places, a wonderment. The author spent a year behind the scenes in a Chicago criminal courtroom, and then he wrote this book...moreFascinating, appalling in places, a wonderment. The author spent a year behind the scenes in a Chicago criminal courtroom, and then he wrote this book. If you want a reality based taste of the American Criminal Justice system as it is today and tomorrow, read this book. You will be surprised, enlightened, depressed and better informed.(less)
Moody, noir and suspenseful: Cork O’Connor returns to search vast wilderness for a missing singer amid swirling forces of evil with murky agendas.
This...more Moody, noir and suspenseful: Cork O’Connor returns to search vast wilderness for a missing singer amid swirling forces of evil with murky agendas.
This is the second mystery featuring Corcoran O’Conner, the part Annishinabe, ex-county sheriff in the town of Aurora, Minnesota. Aurora lies at the edge of the Superior national wilderness, and the Boundary Waters Canoe area. The BWCA in turn borders Canada’s Quetico wilderness area. Together these primitive and almost pristine areas encompass millions of acres of woodlands where virgin White Pines still hold up the sky, where the canoe paddle is often the only usable mode of transport power, and where the grey wolf still roams free in the dense forest. To experience the Quetico-Superior Wilderness is to experience profound stillnesses, and a vast sense of natural majesty. When one crouches by a small campfire and listens to the stillnesses, and sees the billions of tiny stars so close overhead, it’s easy to understand the reality of the legends of the native peoples who still inhabit this land.
It’s easy, too, to understand why country-western star Shiloh, needful of rest and rejuvenation has returned to her mother’s homeland for a summer of isolation. But now, her irregular letters to the outside world have stopped and the Indian who guided her to an uncharted lake with a single unknown cabin, has disappeared. To the small northern Minnesota town of Aurora comes Shiloh’s father to seek O’Connor’s help in finding his daugher. Fall is on the land, with its crisp air and its brilliant palette of colors.
To Aurora come others, the FBI, a state attorney general, people with ties to the Mafia, all seeking Shiloh. Reluctantly, O’Connor agrees to take a party into the untracked wilderness to find Shiloh and some answers. What secret does she hold? What dangerous knowledge has she imparted to the tape recorder she carries with her? Who will find her first?
Krueger again demonstrates why his first book, IRON LAKE, not only won the Loft-McKnight Fiction award, but also the Minnesota Book Award for Best Mystery of 1998. BOUNDARY WATERS is brilliant effort, well-paced with compelling characters in an intense, absorbing story of murder, greed, and love. Krueger is one of the elite writers of crime fiction working today.