It started like all great noir stories start, a girl walked into the office. What happens next, a little murder, a crime, and lot of lying. Do we root...moreIt started like all great noir stories start, a girl walked into the office. What happens next, a little murder, a crime, and lot of lying. Do we root for the detective and the woman in distress. At points in the novel you might root for both or neither. One thing is you have to love the rough bad boy that Sam Spade is. He's a hard man and that's how I like my detectives.
The Maltese Falcon is a great read. Fun all the way to the end. If you're like me you won't have put everything together at the end either. You won't see all the double cross coming as they come.(less)
"Why do women think they need pearls or eye shadow? All a woman really needs to be a women is a brain and - in her case - a pink pistol."
Gary Basnight...more"Why do women think they need pearls or eye shadow? All a woman really needs to be a women is a brain and - in her case - a pink pistol."
Gary Basnight has written a beautiful mystery with a powerful lead detective. Donna Prima is a strong independent NYPD Dectective. She follows the rule, well most of them. Breaking them has landed her in a boring desk job as punishment. Just itching for some real work Donna has to wait and do followup reports. That's were she meets Conner Anderson, the soap star. Conner stirs something in Donna she might have forgot she even had, plus he has a case for her. Somethings going on in the bar on his street. Conner's been watching them.
Over all this was a reaqlly fun read. I loved the interaction between Donna and Conner. She's a strong American Itialian cop and he's a Southerner. At first he's just a distraction from what's going on in her life, until he really does discover some real crime. The charactrer are well written. They have layers and we can see them grow and become more than friends. Plus their are multiple mysteries going on that may or may not be connected.
If your looking for something fun to read this is your book. It has a strong female lead that has to save the male.(less)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are at it again. Henry Baskerville is coming into an inheritance, but something evil is going on in his new home. The l...moreSherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are at it again. Henry Baskerville is coming into an inheritance, but something evil is going on in his new home. The last owner of the home died! There is talk that the house Henry is inheriting is haunted by an evil hell hound. A hound from the Baskerville past. Watson is sent with Henry to investigate while Holmes stay back in London. Can Watson solve the case? Will Holmes join him in the mystery? Is the the hound really from hell?
So many questions that must be answered. This story is good. I really enjoyed reading it. It's a must read for anyone who likes Sherlock Holmes or mystery stories.(less)
Willis Gidney can't stay out of trouble. If there is one thing that is appearent after two novels, Gidney attracts trouble like honey. His supporting...moreWillis Gidney can't stay out of trouble. If there is one thing that is appearent after two novels, Gidney attracts trouble like honey. His supporting cast is back too. Sarah, the baby he rescued last book and his girlfriend Lilly. Life is going good. He has a small office for his PI business. He is finishing up his classes for adapoting Sarah. To top it all off, he's still with Lilly. To bad the good times can't keep going perfect.
First he gets the worst case worker in DC for adopting. He gets rejected. He needs money now, lots of money to hire an attoreny. The only job on his table right now is from Rush Gemelli and he wants Gidney to break into a warehouse. It's all down hill from there as Rush blackmails Gidney into other jobs. Then Gidney runs into gang trouble. Trouble, trouble, trouble. That should be Gidney name.
I really enjoyed this novel. Thomas Kaufman is an excellent writer and weaves us through many different events to bring a mystery that must be answered.(less)
Thomas Kaufman has created an interesting detective. Willis Gidney grew up on the hard streets of Washington DC. He didn't have many good influences o...moreThomas Kaufman has created an interesting detective. Willis Gidney grew up on the hard streets of Washington DC. He didn't have many good influences on him, but he did okay for himself. He works part time at polka record store while trying to get his PI career off the ground. Most of his cases have been spying on cheating husbands so far. He just needs one big case to bust him out of his life. Steps Jackson's case should have been anything but that. Jackson just found out that he might have a daughter, Bobbie Jackson. He's never met his kid and it's been 20 some years. Steps didn't even know he had a daughter until recently. Step Jackson decides to ask his friend Willis Gidney to help him out. Little did either know all the insanity that would come out of looking for Bobbie Jackson.
This is a fun mystery. Every time you find out a little more about Willis or Bobbie the whole book takes a turn. You're in a totally new situation and not sure what to think. Willis is confused by everything too. This was supposed to be a little missing person's case, not something that went into the government and its senators. Willis is getting beat up every time he tries to find any information about Bobbie.
If you like Washington DC and mystery books this is one for you. It's got tons of mystery, from who our PI is to who he's trying to find. Drink the Tea is a fun read. I enjoyed it. (less)
I think I can be bad now. First you fall for a girl that's turned on by bad things. Second you have to accidentally kill some people and say you did i...moreI think I can be bad now. First you fall for a girl that's turned on by bad things. Second you have to accidentally kill some people and say you did it on purpose. Three kill some people for real. Now you know how to be bad too.
David Bowker weaves a tail of accidental crime to full blown crime in his novel. He takes a page from what seems to be his favorite author Nick Hornby and writes a timid self aware man who just trying to get the girl of his dream. Unfortunately for Mark, his love is a bit of psychopath. Caro gets turned on by violence and she wants Mark to kill three people that have been troubling her. 1. Wallace 2. Her Father 3. Jesus! Mark sets out to do what he cannot do, kill.
This book goes from one bad situation to the next without much breathing room. You're never sure if Mark is going to make it out alive. It seems that every time he gets a little closer to Caro the world wants to kick him down and beat the living hell out of him.
If you like the style of Nick Hornby, this book is an interesting read. Bowker doesn't hide his love for Hornby as he references him at different points in the book. Although Bowker has his own style mixed into his book making sure it's not a knock off of Hornby. If you enjoy books about the modern man trying to navigate in a less than modern society this book is for you.(less)
I enjoy a good crime fiction novel. Mike Knowles has written an excellent gritty crime novel. A criminal that goes by the name "Jame Moriarty" is in b...moreI enjoy a good crime fiction novel. Mike Knowles has written an excellent gritty crime novel. A criminal that goes by the name "Jame Moriarty" is in bind. He's being cashed by the police and the Russian mob. He doesn't have many options but to play ball to escape the police and mob.
If gritty Canada is something you want to know more about this book has it. Learn about the dirty side of Canada as one criminal has to hide in plain sight to escape being arrested by Maori cop and a Russian mob Lt. seeks revenge on him.
I felt the book was awesome. I enjoyed reading about how he had to work both sides just to even have a chance of making it out. Knowles weaves a story in and out that makes you wonder what will happen next and what happens next is never a let down. Moriarty is one tough cookie and he won't let anyone take him down.(less)