One of the better Bosch books. The story winds through a case Bosch is reluctantly hired to solve by his half brother, Mickey Haller. Bosch slowly peeOne of the better Bosch books. The story winds through a case Bosch is reluctantly hired to solve by his half brother, Mickey Haller. Bosch slowly peels back the onion, looking for where the victim and the alleged killer, defended by Haller, crossed paths (hence the title). While DNA evidence links the defendant to the crime, there is no other connection. The hunt continues in typical Bosch bulldog fashion amid an atmosphere of full out animosity between the police and the legal system. The police are victims of their biases and unable to see outside the jar them put themselves in. Bosch, as an ex-police, is vilified by the police in their war against society as a turncoat. The politics seem to be more important to the players than pursuit of the solution. We learn early on that the killing is part of a play by a couple bad cops who have taken advantage of their positions to set up a business that profits them within the system. Bosch relentlessly follows the evidence trail and plays a cat and mouse game with the killers though to the denouement. Well written, suspenseful, and entertaining. I have ready all Connelly's books and he is one of my favourite crime writers, worthy of playing cards with Richard Castle....more
One of the best Kurt Wallander books. It kept you guessing all the way through. An odd murder occurs at an isolated farm where an elderly birdwatcherOne of the best Kurt Wallander books. It kept you guessing all the way through. An odd murder occurs at an isolated farm where an elderly birdwatcher falls into a pit of bamboo spikes. A florist is kidnapped and missing. What do these men have in common? For the first half of the book we, the readers, know that the killer is a woman, but the police are sure it is a man. The threads weave with several red herrings (it is Sweden after all, and they have a penchant for herring). The ending may seem a bit of a fizzle, but it is probably more realistic than most denouements. It is an entertaining read with, as usual, a good profile of what daily life is like for people and what the process is like for a good policeman in Sweden....more
Lots of luck Robert Reich! Capitalism in the United States has gone off the rails allowing the rich and powerful to gain exponentially while the plebiLots of luck Robert Reich! Capitalism in the United States has gone off the rails allowing the rich and powerful to gain exponentially while the plebians sink into a desperate marginal existence. Reich deals out that the average USian believes the deck is stacked against them before they even try. And he is probably correct in that. Every legal agreement the average person is asked to sign means that they are giving up rights and are sure to lose in any dispute. Mr. Reich is an excellent lecturer/speaker and we had the pleasure to hear him on his book tour. He should consider giving up academia and getting back into government. He has some ideas, but the path back to a functioning capitalist system is still out of reach of the US government. And the voting public in the US seems easily duped into further writing off their opportunities for the increased comfort and wealth of the already wealthy and powerful. He decries that the playing field needs to be rebalanced. As an influential voice, his book may lead to some discussion of the inequities that are becoming compounded. But the country needs more than discussion....more
good caper paper back. if you suspend disbelief at the amazing coincidences this book makes a nice fun read. Grisham takes a lot of shots at the questigood caper paper back. if you suspend disbelief at the amazing coincidences this book makes a nice fun read. Grisham takes a lot of shots at the questionable ethics of the legal system and the politics that surround it....more
A fun read in tradition of The Good Soldier Švejk, Forrest Gump, Being There and Zelig. Allan Karlsson bumbles his way through a wide range of world cA fun read in tradition of The Good Soldier Švejk, Forrest Gump, Being There and Zelig. Allan Karlsson bumbles his way through a wide range of world changing adventures while leaving us unsure whether he is an idiot or an extremely wily fellow. It starts with Allan as a 100 year old who escapes his retirement home and heads to a bus station. He is asked by a thug to hold on to a suitcase, but since his bus is leaving, he gets on board with the suitcase (which is full of money). From there the story is told as both flashbacks to how Allan got to his 100 years, as well as the motley crew that is assembled through random encounters in the present day. He like blowing things up and ends up incarcerated. When he gets out he ends up leaving Sweden for Spain, where he accidentally saves Franco's life. He then heads to the US where he ends up as part of the Manhattan project, based on his desire to blow things up. He solves a critical problem in A Bomb development and ends up getting drunk with Harry Truman. With the war over, he heads back to Sweden where he is kidnapped by the Soviets to help their bomb production. He meets and offends Stalin and is sent to a gulag. There he meets Herbert Einstein (the Russians kidnapped Albert's idiot half brother). The two eventually blow up the gulag and walk to China (not that far). And the adventures continue. ...more
While few admit they are in Sales, nearly everyone has to sell - ideas, themselves, their production. Sometimes we have to sell others on what they neWhile few admit they are in Sales, nearly everyone has to sell - ideas, themselves, their production. Sometimes we have to sell others on what they need to do or convince our friends and family of our intentions. This book has an interesting take on the selling process. I was luck to see a speech/presentation by the author and he was as entertaining as the book. This is not a sales aid book, but a look at all the times we have to persuasively communicate to others....more
Michael Lewis is always a good read. This revealing book reminds me of Cliff from Cheers who explains that drinking beer kills his weak brain cells leMichael Lewis is always a good read. This revealing book reminds me of Cliff from Cheers who explains that drinking beer kills his weak brain cells leaving him smarter. Lewis shows that unbridled capitalism is like drinking beer. There are always those who find ways to avoid ethics and prey on the lazy, stupid or inept. If you think this leaves the market more efficient, you are drinking too much beer.
His wise guys/flash boys skim from the market in a legal way by preying on the slight variations in the speed of fibre optic order processing from different exchanges to remove billions from the markets. These flash boys/wise guys, high speed traders, also use the unregulated trading of the dark pools within the Big Wall Street Banks (a phrase Lewis overuses for effect) to further prey on the market with the complicity of the Big Wall Street Banks (here I use BWSB for effect, too) who are willing to give the high speed traders access to a trading space intended to give customers better pricing but which has now been perverted to gain additional profit for the BWSBs.
This book also reminded me of both Argo and 12 Years a Slave, where a Canadian was needed to provide the moral assistance/solution the United States seems to lack.
While this is another outstanding book from Lewis, and I will buy whatever he publishes, there were two areas that didn't quite connect for me. The long section on the building of a dedicated fibre optic cable from NYC to Chicago and the jailing of the Russian programmer. While I understand their relevance, the stories seemed to end dangling. I would like to learn more about both of these.
Overall, an excellent read that will scare the poop out of you if you think the markets are fair and efficient....more
I read this in a version entitled The Deadly Touch of the Tigress. It is an Ava Lee story about the forensic accountant who "follows the money." In thI read this in a version entitled The Deadly Touch of the Tigress. It is an Ava Lee story about the forensic accountant who "follows the money." In this case she wanders from the ladyboys of Bangkok to Georgetown, Guyana with several stops in between. The story line shows how money flows around the world, not just for laundering but for business and how risky it can be doing international deals. The pace keeps moving along from continent to continent as the plot twists evolve, there are a couple credibility leaps that rub, but overall the story and characters are interesting and involving. Which is surprising when you think that the heroine is just an accountant... like the "just the cook" line in Under Siege. Looking forward to reading a couple more of these. The series was recommended to me by a fellow reader, Joy McBride. Thanks Joy....more
They say that money is the new weapon and this series tracks down money, moving around the world like a travelogue. The character is fun and resourcefThey say that money is the new weapon and this series tracks down money, moving around the world like a travelogue. The character is fun and resourceful, if at times bending the edges of credibility. But a fun read. She is kind of an Asian/Canadian Lisbeth Salander, but with more social skills. In this book she follows the money to Las Vegas and resorts to some pretty aggressive violence to get back swindled cash that regular police could never get. The series is entertaining and provides glimpses into far away places while keeping the story pace moving along at a good clip, with some surprises and turns to add to the entertainment....more
This latest Harry Bosch returns to a quick paced mystery with red herrings, and interesting plot twists. The pace is kept up and new characters emergeThis latest Harry Bosch returns to a quick paced mystery with red herrings, and interesting plot twists. The pace is kept up and new characters emerge that I would expect to show up again in the next Michael Connelly book. ...more