This is the 16th book of the Butch Karp/ Marlene Ciampi series. It gets three stars---not quite as good as some of the series.
Still Bruce and MarleneThis is the 16th book of the Butch Karp/ Marlene Ciampi series. It gets three stars---not quite as good as some of the series.
Still Bruce and Marlene are always worth reading for me. The books is the usally fast paced thriller Tanenbaum writes. Drugs, violence, sex, gangsta rap, crooked cops and abusive priests---all put into one book!
I did like seeing Bruce and Marlene's twin teen aged boy--Isaac and Giancarlo (aka Zik and Zak) inovovled in this case. The relationship between the two twins in really well handeld---they look so alike and yet react so diffently at times---hoping to see them again.
A good entry in a long running mystery/thriller series--good dialogue; good characterizations; lots of humor sprinkled through it but still a serious legal thriller. Recommended for any fan of mysteries; trhillers; action and adventure over age 18. Imho, not recommended for under 16 due to quite a bit of violence.
Read before I joined Goodreads so date unknown....more
This is the first book in the series featuring Bruce Karp, NYC Assistant District Attorney, and his lover, Marlene Ciampi.
This series has run for 23 bThis is the first book in the series featuring Bruce Karp, NYC Assistant District Attorney, and his lover, Marlene Ciampi.
This series has run for 23 books; so naturally they all vary a bit in quality. This was a solid 3 star legal thriller. Adequate plot, interesting characters and good pacing. Not the best in the series--the later books were a bit better.
However, if at all possible, reading this series in order will enhance your reading experience. The growth and development in the characters is interesting; the growth of the characters makes some of the later books better stories.
However, if you can't read them in order, the stories DO stand alone--they don't end of cliffhangers. But they do refer back to earllier books and several characters make repeat appearances.
Regardless, don't miss this series. I've read eight of the 23 so far and they all get at least a three from me and some get a 4. It just a really good series---a blend of legal thriller and private eye; some humor; definitely some violence; and characters I really enjoyed---Marlene Ciampi is especially a favorite.
Highly recommened for all fans of mysteries and legal thrillers. Fans over 18 however; the violence imho is unsuitable for children--even 16 year old children who think they are adults....more
This is book 2 in the Monkeewrench series. You could read it first; but if you read Monkeewrench aka Want to Play first, then some parts of the book mThis is book 2 in the Monkeewrench series. You could read it first; but if you read Monkeewrench aka Want to Play first, then some parts of the book make a bit more sense. And book #2 does have a few more spoilers.
That said, the Monkeewrench books are going top speed and top notch for me. The dialogie is outstanding, as usual, and the mystery is very well done. The ending was a suprise.
It got a 4 star rating instead of a 5, because I wanted to see much more of the Monkeewrench crew; thought the parts with Leo and Gino were great! The moral dilemma presented was gripping--won't spoil it--just read it!
The first half of chapeter 24, where one of the detective's relives his wife's murder--she is murdered before his eyes--is one of the most gripping, well written scenes I have read in years!
Favorite quote "You know the worst thing about bad people, Grace? It's what they make good people do." (Ch. 32).
Having now finished the Quit Game, I give a good three star rating. It was fast paced and the characters were well developed.
I did not particularly waHaving now finished the Quit Game, I give a good three star rating. It was fast paced and the characters were well developed.
I did not particularly warm to the narrator, Penn Cage. His antagonist was corrupt former Judge Leo Marston; but he still can't shake his feeling of the daughter, Livy Marston, his "first love". Perhaps their relationship is realistic but it made me dislike him. And not liking the main character, usually results in a lower rating by me.
Also, the last minute coincidence in the courtroom was a bit far-fetched? convenient? Weakedn the ending--but only a little.
This is the first book by Greg Iles I have read, and it was good enough I will probably read him again--but no hurry to do so.
Recommended for the fans of fast paced legal mysteries....more
The first book in the Jane Jeffry Mystery series introduces suburban mom and sleuth Jane Jeffry. They are light humorous mysteries; not a lot of violeThe first book in the Jane Jeffry Mystery series introduces suburban mom and sleuth Jane Jeffry. They are light humorous mysteries; not a lot of violencee or gore.
The puzzles are interesting and Jane has a good knowledge of human nature, which helps her in her crime solving. There are good touches of humor; Jane's relationships with family and neighbors are well handled.
A good series to start reading when you want a quick, light easy mystery! ...more
Almost did not read this one--I got it as a gift and the title sounded odd. Glad I did not make that mistake!!!
It is a novel about a group of colorfulAlmost did not read this one--I got it as a gift and the title sounded odd. Glad I did not make that mistake!!!
It is a novel about a group of colorful characters who own a software development company called Monkeewrench. Branching out from their education software, the team is devising a new game--"Serial Killer Detective".
It soon becomes obvious that a serial killer is mimicking all of the murders in the game--playing with real victims. The Minneapolis police are very skeptical and suspicious--especially when they start digging in the past of the Monkeewrench team.
Meanwhile, we,the readers are wondering how a double homicide in rural Wisconsin ties into this. No fear---the mother and daughter writing team that is P> J> Tracy pulls it all together at the end very nicely.
I found the dialog espcially well written. Lota of wit and dry humor--but this is a serious suspense novel noetheless. Highly recommended for any mystery fan.
James Melville has written, so far, 13 mysteries in the "Superintendent Otani" series. Otani is a police superintendent and the novels follow the inveJames Melville has written, so far, 13 mysteries in the "Superintendent Otani" series. Otani is a police superintendent and the novels follow the investigations of Otani and his subordinates into various criminal investigations.
For those mystery readers who like mysteries set in other countries, these books show a very realistic portrayal of modern Japan. These are are a bit different from the usual US or British mysteries I usually read.
Alas, however, Mr. Melville came up against my "so many books so little time" problem. I found the mysteries quite competent but I could not warm up to the somewhat cold character of Superintendent Otani. so I did not read the entire series, but stopped after three of them. I have too large a pile of four star books waiting to read three stars, at least for now!
Still, the point of Goodreads is different people have different tastes. The series does have 13 books so obviously many people liked it better than I. If you are a mystery fan seeking something just a little differernt, I would certainly try one or two of Melville's Otani books.....more
I have read several of the Dismas Hardy---Abe Glitsky novels set in San Francisco. I enjoy the series immensely.
First, the two main characters, DismaI have read several of the Dismas Hardy---Abe Glitsky novels set in San Francisco. I enjoy the series immensely.
First, the two main characters, Disman Hardy and Abe Glitsky are well well written. They grow and change in the various novels so re4ading them in order if possible is a good idea. Though you can read them out of order and still enjoy them.
Besides a good strong pair of lead characters. John Lescroart always give you good legal thriller. The books are fast paced and fairly realistic. One thing Lescroart is really good at is showing other things that affect the law---namely politics and mdia pressure and so on.
Like any series some are of course better than others, but I've never yet been disappointed in this series. Please treat yourself if you have not read any and try one!...more
William Kienzle wrote at least 20 mysteries featuring Father Bob Koessler. Like any series, they vary a LOT in quality. Some are splendid; some are avWilliam Kienzle wrote at least 20 mysteries featuring Father Bob Koessler. Like any series, they vary a LOT in quality. Some are splendid; some are average.
This is the first one ins the series and the plot is pretty good. Try it and see if you like the character--because they are all somewhat similar in being character-driven mysteries.
I find them light, easy mysteries and usually with a good puzzle and not too much graphic violence....more
These are light, esy to read mysteries. I personally enjoy the interaction between the characters almost more than the mystery itself. This first bookThese are light, esy to read mysteries. I personally enjoy the interaction between the characters almost more than the mystery itself. This first book in the series is not the best--try one or two more to get a complete picture of this series....more