In England in 1963, the Beatles just released their first album. The Great Train Robbery takes place and in the area of Deryshire, known for the Peak...moreIn England in 1963, the Beatles just released their first album. The Great Train Robbery takes place and in the area of Deryshire, known for the Peak District National Park, a police constable gets a call. A frantic mother announces that her fifteen-year-old daughter is missing and the mother asks for help.
A search is conducted but without results.
Alison Carter lived with her mother and step-father in a small hamlet of Scardale where the population is made up of only about three families who were closely bound.
The investigation stalls but someone remembers an old mine. At the scene, items are discovered but still no body. The evidence points to one person and the police must determine if there is enough to try that person for murder.
The setting is well described as is the emotions of the hamlet as we witness the residents who are confident that Alison will be found but then have a gradual realization that she can't. Collectively, they have difficulty that someone would harm another person from their close community, especially an innocent child.
The story flashes forward to 1998 when George Bennett is retired. His son meets a woman who wants to write a book about the events of 1963 in Scardale. New events come to life that will shock the reader.
Val McDermid is a superb entertainer. The plotting is masterful, the characters believable and the excellent book deserves the many allocates it received.(less)
As the story begins, Henry Skrimshander, is a hard working shortstop on a high school team. He's noticed by a college player, Mike Schwartz, who recru...moreAs the story begins, Henry Skrimshander, is a hard working shortstop on a high school team. He's noticed by a college player, Mike Schwartz, who recruits him for Westish College and mentors Henry when he gets to college.
Henry's hero is Aparacio Rodriguez, a legendary baseball shortstop. Henry carries Aparacio's "The Art of Fielding," as if it was his Bible.
Henry plays for the love of the game and is satisfied with his place in life. He feels that good things will come to him eventually. However when baseball talent scouts begin watching his performance, his skills and confidence are effected.
We also follow the acitivities of Guert Affenlight, who is the college president. Guert is a sincere person and has led the life of a bachelor for years. He falls in love with Henry's gay roommate, Owen, and his life changes.
Guert's daughter had been in California with a marriage that she no longer wanted. She returns to Westish for a second chance at life.
The pacing picks up as the season draws to a close and the team has a chance for a championship title, something Westish has never had.
The reader follows the characters and sees them develop during the course of the novel. They are enjoyable and we hope for their success.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it for a study of people, the lessons of life and the fine literary style of the novel.(less)
This is a prequil of the Mitch Rapp story. He's been through the CIA training and unleashed against the terrorist group responsible for the Pan Am Loc...moreThis is a prequil of the Mitch Rapp story. He's been through the CIA training and unleashed against the terrorist group responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack.
He has a list of names of the terrorists and eliminates them one by one. Now he receives the naxt name and as he approaches where the man is, something doesn't feel right.
No sooner does he eliminate that terrorist than the room explodes in gunfire from other terrorists who were waiting for him. Matt narrowly escapes and wonders if he'd been set up.
"Kill Shot" is a feel good story of retribution where Mitch is attempting to accomplish whqat no one else has, to seek out and achieve revenge on the terrorists who strike out against innocent civilians. The terrorists think they are shielded from any revenge but Mitch solves this by acting outside the law.
The story moves swiftly with lots of action. There are some surprises and plot twists with everything coming together in a satisfying conclusion.(less)
This is a timely story with the number of major corporations going public to accumulate wealth. "Total Control" discusses the corporate world of merge...moreThis is a timely story with the number of major corporations going public to accumulate wealth. "Total Control" discusses the corporate world of mergers and considers espionage and greed.
Jeffrey Archer is a respected employee of Triton Global where his wife, Sidney, is a legal counsel. He's secretly looking for another job and books a flight to California.
While at the airport, he meets another man and changes his destination with a flight to Seattle.
The plane he was going to take crashes, killing everyone on board including Arthur Liberman, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
The FBI investigates and finds that the crash was due to sabotage and when they learn that Jeffrey was on that plane but changed flights, he becomes a suspect. He cannot be located in Seattle and the suspicion mounts with Sidney becoming a suspect herself.
Triton is a high tech company in the final step of bidding for CyberCom which will bring it great wealth. RTG is a competing tech firm that wants to know what Triton is bidding so they can beat the bid.
With the FBI doing the investigation and people in Sidney's office seeming to want to enrich themselves, she doesn't know who to trust. Only one person comes to feel she is innocent but will this be enough?
Badacci is a clever writer. In this novel, the characters are entertaining and the book is thoroughly entertaining.
North Carolina in the 1970s still had strained relationships between black and whites. Opinions about gay lifestyles weren't something that was spoken...moreNorth Carolina in the 1970s still had strained relationships between black and whites. Opinions about gay lifestyles weren't something that was spoken about.
In 1977, two workingmen find the body of a murdered woman and her small child, who was still alive.
In 1990, defense attorney, Deborah Knott, sees legal injustice by a judge in his courtroom. His prejudice against blacks was so obvious that Deborah decided to run against the judge in the upcoming elections.
Jed Whitehead is a childhood friend of Deborah and her brothers. At a political meeting, he tells her that is daughter, Gayle, now eighteen, wants to look into her mother's murder.
Since Deborah is a friend, Gayle pleads with her to run the investigation and mix it in while running for office.
The setting of North Carolina is colorfully depicted and with an election in progress, we are treated to intimate descriptions of political rallies and Church picnics where Deborah gossips about life and the times and looks for voter support.
Deborah is a character who is easy to like and with her father and extended family, we learn about the country folk in detail. Some surprises along the way and a very good story.(less)
This moving novel takes place in Sweden. The reader tries to understand who could carry out a horrific deed and then observe the authorities as they s...moreThis moving novel takes place in Sweden. The reader tries to understand who could carry out a horrific deed and then observe the authorities as they seek to identify and apprehend the guilty person.
A parent's worst nightmare is realized when a mother gets off of a train to make a call and then the train, carrying her six-year-old daughter, leaves without her. When the train arrives at the final station, the child is missing.
After the police interview the mother, their first thought is that it is a domestic dispute and attempt to locate the child's father.
Investigative analyst, Frederika Bergman, who is new to the team of investigators and not fully appreciated in the male dominated Swedish police hieracy, has other thoughts. She begins to inquire that if it isn't the child's father who took her, who did.
With excellent dialogue and psychological insight into the investigators, their thoughts and family life, the reader observes their reaction when the case takes a new turn. This makes the characters more sympathetic and human. We want them to succeed in their search for the kidnapper.
This is a compelling story that is literate and has characters who come to life on the pages before us.(less)
Nine women are machine-gunned to death outside of a small Texas town by the Mexican border.
The sheriff's department gets a call from someone who tells...moreNine women are machine-gunned to death outside of a small Texas town by the Mexican border.
The sheriff's department gets a call from someone who tells them he heard gunshots behind an old church. When the sheriff, Hackberry Holland, a Korean War vet, arrives, he sees the mounds behind the church and unearths the bodies. They were Asian women and he later found they had balloons filled with drugs in their stomachs.
With James Lee Burke's ability to describe settings and provide unforgettable characters, we follow the trail of the killers. They want to kill the man who called the police. That man, an Iraq War vet, left the scene as soon as he heard the shooting and the killers think he can identify them.
In typical Burke fashion, he defends the defenseless characters who are attempting to get out of a difficult predicament. The man, Pete Flores is on the run with his girlfriend and he doesn't even know who he's running from.
The action is well paced so that we can observe what is going on with the criminals and the sheriff, and the killers.
The characters are well thought out and believable, so much so, they linger in your mind after reading his excellent story.(less)
At the Wyoming Wind River Reservation, Arapahos meet for their powwow when their tribal chairman, Henry Castle, is found murdered. The suspece is Henr...moreAt the Wyoming Wind River Reservation, Arapahos meet for their powwow when their tribal chairman, Henry Castle, is found murdered. The suspece is Henry's nephew, Anthony.
Fr. John O'Mally, S.J. the parish priest and recovering alcoholic disagrees. He wonders if the murder had to do with oil on the reservation. There had been an argument about buying back the Cooley ranch where there might be additional oil that could help the financial plight of the Indians.
As a historian, O'Mally is asked to look into the historical documents of the Arapahos and the insight he gets from this helps the reader see how the Indians were taken advantage of in the past.
The story mixes drama, history and romance, mixed with the pathos of life on the reservation. O'Mally's alcoholism fits in with the many cases of alcoholism on the reservation except that he is recovering from alcohol.
Those interested in American Indian History will enjoy this story.(less)
Two supreme court justices are murdered on the same day. Everywhere people are speculating on who might have committed the crime and for what reason.
T...moreTwo supreme court justices are murdered on the same day. Everywhere people are speculating on who might have committed the crime and for what reason.
The President sees this as a chance to reshape the court. Eight of the justices will be republicans and this could change the direction of the country for years to come.
Darby Shaw is a bright law student at Tulane and thinks she knows the reason for the murders. She researches her opinion and publishes her findings in a document called "The Pelican Brief."
She is a student and lover of law school professor Thomas Callahan. She gives a copy of the document to him and he shares it with a friend in the FBI. Soon after, Callahan is murdered and Darcy becomes a hunted person.
John Grisham is an excellent story writer and master of creating suspense. The reader can empathise with Darcy who doesn't know who to trust but continues her attempt to expose the killer at the risk of her life.(less)