"Blood Work" by Michael Connelly is one of my all time favorite books. The plotting is excellent and the central character, retired FBI agent Terrell"Blood Work" by Michael Connelly is one of my all time favorite books. The plotting is excellent and the central character, retired FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is sympathetic and the story is addictive.
McCaleb is enjoying retirement while living on his fishing boat. A woman approaches him and requests his help to find her sister's murderer.
When he tells her he can't because of his heart transplant, she responses, yes, it is my sister's heart. It is keeping you alive and I think you'd want to find her killer.
He agrees and begins a search putting pieces of an intricate puzzle together that leads to the killer. Nothing is straight forward in Connelly's novels. Along the way police receive an anonymous call and suddenly McCaleb becomes the main suspect. The evidence he was collecting is viewed as evidence of the crimes.
The book starts off with a bang and continues to a strong conclusion.
I also saw the movie after reading the book and the movie was excellent with some additional surprises.
Billy and Ray Johnson were brothers that had the usual brotherly spats but also suffered abuse. The description of their life and the things that BillBilly and Ray Johnson were brothers that had the usual brotherly spats but also suffered abuse. The description of their life and the things that Billy does at a young age are uncomfortable to read. When Billy's body is found, the reader assumes that it was by someone who watched him crawl down the road by Ray's house. The misery is described but Ray's reaction seems cold and matter of fact. This sorrowful picture and writing style reminded me of Erskine Caldwell's "God's Little Acre." That book chronicles an impoverished family in rural Georgia. "Billy Dead" takes place in the country back roads of small town Michigan. The Johnson family are unsympathetic to read about their comings and goings. They were hellions and were disliked. Ray continues with his life as sheriff Keith McCutcheon investigates the murder. We see the reaction of other family members to Billy's death but there isn't any display of sorrow....more
Anton Mackey is a man on a path to success. He has a lovely wife and child and he has a promising career in the legal industry. But something occurredAnton Mackey is a man on a path to success. He has a lovely wife and child and he has a promising career in the legal industry. But something occurred in his past and a person is attempting to bring his past into light in a manner that will change his life forever.
The author, Eric Matheny ensnares his readers in an intricate web of mystery that will have the reader turning the pages anxiously to see if Anton is innocent.
Matheny does a diligent job in defending other people accused of crimes and it is difficult to imagine that he did what a woman is accusing him of doing.
Mackey is a character who could be taken from one of John Girsham's excellent novels. He stands out in the world of those attempting to bring justice into a world packed with people who have been wronged.
Overall, the book is a fast paced read and recommended. It's a thrill to find a new author who stands out and Eric Matheny is an author with a bright future....more
The Devil's Redhead" will entertain readers by the unusual actions of the protagonist.
Danny Abatangelo is a freelance photographer and also a smugglerThe Devil's Redhead" will entertain readers by the unusual actions of the protagonist.
Danny Abatangelo is a freelance photographer and also a smuggler. He has an entire crew bringing in drugs to the west coast area.
One night he is celebrating in Las Vegas and meets Shel Beaudre a redheaded card dealer with a magnetic personality. The two hit if off immediately and eventually end up back at the west coast. He explains his life to Shel but promises yes for marijuana but no to guns or gangsters.
On what was to be his last run, he gets caught and when he won't give up his crew, he's sentenced to ten years. Agents still try to get him to turn on his partner and use Danny's sick mother as a promise to see her if he'd rat on his friend but Danny is true to his friends so does the entire ten years.
Shel seemed so terrific but she gets out of prison after five years and eventually meets another man, Frank Maas. Frank is a needy person and is into drugs and robbery. He suffers a tragedy about his former wife and child and Shel feels that Frank relies on her and she can't see past him.
The first part of the story is interesting and suspenseful. Part two deals with Frank working with a group of Mexicans against a biker gang. Frank is in the middle of this and when Danny arrives to rescue Shel, the Mexicans want to use her as a hostage.
Danny is an ethical man and his unfulfilled love makes a good story line. The warfare between the Mexicans and the biker and his gang is a bit of a stretch.
All and all, a story with action and suspense that provides a good read. Michael A. Draper, Author wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | edit | permalink )...more
A TV reporter goes to a lonely place in the Palm Springs area. She is to meet a person she thinks could be the source of a story that could make her cA TV reporter goes to a lonely place in the Palm Springs area. She is to meet a person she thinks could be the source of a story that could make her career. However when the car drives up to the meeting place, a man gets out and kills her.
We learn that this is a work of fiction combined with historical facts taking place in 1987.
The TV reporter, Robin, was divorced. Her former husband, Peter Brandt, is a war correspondent working in Honduras. He returns to California for Robin's funeral.
Peter is a strong character and when he returns to the area, he learns that the local police aren't giving the murder much effort. He works with an old friend, Matt Banyon, former cop and now PI, and they search for Robin's killer.
We learn that Robin had been looking into the background of a wealthy Cuban exile. She finds the man has many government officials in his pocket. She was looking into the man's work with Nicaraguan Contas.
The author has a gift for pacing and the action moves at a rapid pace followed by segments of needed background information.
I enjoyed the story and recommend it but found it annoying when every time someone would refer to Robin as Peter's wife, he would correct them saying, ex-wife. Saying this a few times would be OK but it happened so many times that I think in life, Peter would have just overlooked it....more
Hayley Snow is the food critic for a magazine in Key West. As the story opens she's busy with plans for her best friend, Connie's wedding. Hayley is tHayley Snow is the food critic for a magazine in Key West. As the story opens she's busy with plans for her best friend, Connie's wedding. Hayley is the maid of honor.
Since Connie has been a family friend, Hayley's entire family is coming to the wedding, including her moody step-brother, Rory.
At the rehearsal dinner, Rory asks that he be allowed to visit Key West by himself. Hayley convinces Rory's mother to let him go. However, he doesn't return home and Hayley spends the later night searching for him.
The story is set in Key West and Hayley lives on a houseboat. She enjoys cooking and shares the recipes with some of her favorites with the reader. Enjoying the food at various restaurants she is reviewing for her magazine and reading about how others enjoy her food lessens the tension from what is happening with Rory and with a side story of Connie and her fiance.
Hayley is a delightful character and the author makes her so real that it feels that we're right with her and know her well.
The story moves along nicely and there is a good mixture of action, scene descriptions and drama. It is a novel the reader will remember....more
In this lengthy first mystery, an investigative journalist learns that his gay brother Billy has been murdered. Billy is a successful artist who paintIn this lengthy first mystery, an investigative journalist learns that his gay brother Billy has been murdered. Billy is a successful artist who paints men in sexually provocative positions.
Philip, the protagonist, decides to look into the murder and while he does, we learn about their mother who was a famous artist herself. Her agent, Uncle Adrian, was unscrupulous and was a child predator. He initiated both Billy and Philip into abnormal sexual behavior.
Philip is sent a photo of one of Billy's friends who has been murdered. There is a connection of his death and Billy's and the police are brought in. They believe that the killer was after something at Billy's home and since Philip is now living there, he is at risk. Therefore they give him police protection.
Adrian was also the agent for other female artists and took advantage of them. He also liked dealing with artists with young male children so he could perform sex acts with them.
Philip has flashbacks where he remembers Uncle Adrian performing sexual activity with him and with Billy. These acts are explicitly detailed and, in my opinion, unnecessary in the flow of suspense and telling of the story.
The author is certainly a good story teller but a problem with many first novelists is that they don't have sufficient editing and I think more editing could have helped cut down the great length of the story.
I enjoyed the suspense of the story and learning about the other artists and their children. The details of the art world were very well researched.
I'm sure that some readers would enjoy the story even more but it was outside of my normal reading selections....more
In "Heaven's Prisoners," it is easy for the reader to picture the life of people in the New Orleans area due to the fine writing of the author.
The chaIn "Heaven's Prisoners," it is easy for the reader to picture the life of people in the New Orleans area due to the fine writing of the author.
The characters he depicts jump from the pages and it is as if we are sitting on the edge of a bayou discussing a body that has recently been discovered.
Dave Robicheaux is one of the most respected and admired detectives in modern mystery novels. His belief in himself the the good he tries to do for others is admirable.
In the story, Dave and his wife, Annie are on their boat when a plane crashes. Dave manages to save a six-year-old girl and much of the rest of the story has to do with what she was doing on the boat and Dave's attempt to save her from others.
Dave's wife, Annie is very supportive and what happens to her makes Dave obsessed in finding those responsible.
This is an excellent story with a number of twists that the reader will never forget....more
A family moves into a quiet cul-de-sack in England and the neighborhood changes dramatically.
Eric Pearson has called police about information he has aA family moves into a quiet cul-de-sack in England and the neighborhood changes dramatically.
Eric Pearson has called police about information he has about a case of national interest concerning adult sexual mistreatment of teenage boys. Police view his information and feel there isn't enough proof to have a further investigation.
Eric and his family lived at a commune called Children of Solomon but Eric was asked to leave due to mistreatment of boys. He feels that this was done without sufficient reason.
There is a man in jail for a sex crime against teenage boys and he claims others were involved but has no proof.
These areas come together in a story that is at times hard to read due to the sensitive nature.
The author also deals with the effect of investigating a crime of this nature can have on the officials investigating it.
I found the novel literate and the characters true to life but the subject matter made it a difficult read....more
P.I. Elvis Cole is asked to find a TV personality's biological parents.
Elvis travels from LA to Louisiana and discovers a southern town where people hP.I. Elvis Cole is asked to find a TV personality's biological parents.
Elvis travels from LA to Louisiana and discovers a southern town where people have their own ways of doing things. He gets the information he needs with the help of an attractive attorney from Baton Rouge.
When the TV star, Jodi Taylor, gets the info about her family, she wants to know more about the family history. Elvis returns with his partner, Joe Pike, a strong, silent man. They learn things about drug smuggling and illegal emigrants.
The novel is well written and Robert Crais lets the reader get to know about the characters. The story has an interesting plot and is very original....more
A woman enters San Francisco P.I. Jake Diamond's office and asks he help her find her husband. The police are also looking for him because they thinkA woman enters San Francisco P.I. Jake Diamond's office and asks he help her find her husband. The police are also looking for him because they think he killed his partner. Then Jake learns that the person killed was Jake's friend and mentor, Jimmy Pigeon.
The plus that Jake has in his operation is that he knows many cops and underworld figures and he uses his contacts to help solve the case.
I felt I had read stories like this before and rather than being turned away, it let me remember the fine detective writing of Raymond Chandler and his character, Philip Marlowe.
There were some surprises along the way and the author brings everything together nicely at the conclusion.
This is the author's first novel and I look forward to reading more of Jake Diamond's adventures....more
Toshi Okamoto was born on a little island in Japan. He always had a fascination with American things such as the actress Audrey Hepburn and her neck.
AToshi Okamoto was born on a little island in Japan. He always had a fascination with American things such as the actress Audrey Hepburn and her neck.
As he was taking a course in the spoken English as a teenager, he was seduced by his American teacher. Since he was so young, he didn't really know what to make of this.
Later he went to a city where he met Paul Swift, an American living in Japan. Paul is a homosexual who recently lost his partner to AIDS.
The author writes in a lyrical manner and tells the story of the relationships between the culture of Japan and the United States. In one entertaining episode, a cab driver is amazed with the foreigners. Even though this was three people from Australia, it was enough to cause a stir.
This is a carefully crafted story that is a pleasure to read and to learn how one culture can live with another.
The conclusion is somewhat in the Arthur Hitchcock mode in that something changes and it gives the reader a new perspective on preceding events....more
John Wells is a CIA agent who has penetrated al Qaeda.
His actions have saved the lives of many Americans in Afghanistan while he kept his cover. ThenJohn Wells is a CIA agent who has penetrated al Qaeda.
His actions have saved the lives of many Americans in Afghanistan while he kept his cover. Then he is called in to see bin Laden's deputy who wants him to return to the US and be part of a terrorist plot there.
Upon his return, some members of the CIA are appreciative of his years undercover but when one of them find John has converted to Islam, he wonders if John has gone over to the other side.
Terrorist activities in the US continues and John and his handler try to figure where the target of the next terror strike might be so they can stop it.
John Wells is a well developed character. He's a man with strong beliefs and is trying to prevent another terror strike in the post 9-11 era.
Wells is also very original and this story is packed with suspense and nonstop action....more
In this very dark mystery, Michael Forsythe comes to the U.S. because of troubles in Northern Ireland.
He joins a gang under Darkey White where the memIn this very dark mystery, Michael Forsythe comes to the U.S. because of troubles in Northern Ireland.
He joins a gang under Darkey White where the members are very violent. To make matters worse, Michael falls for the gang leader's girlfriend.
After a major job, members of the gang go to Mexico where Michael and the others are arrested. Bad things happen in the prison and the reader will have to read the book to see how Michael is able to escape.
Once back in New York, Michael wants to lay low but is approached by another gang leader to become his bodyguard.
Michael feels betrayed by what happened in Mexico and much of his actions are based on retribution.
Michael is a dislikable character with little to commend him. It would be hard to recommend this book other than it is a slice of life of Irish gangs in Brooklyn and New York.
Jill is filling in for the owner of a bookstore when a jittery man comes in and wants a quick sell on a signed Jack London first edition.
After checkinJill is filling in for the owner of a bookstore when a jittery man comes in and wants a quick sell on a signed Jack London first edition.
After checking it out, Jill buys the book and later, another dealer comes to the bookstore and asks if any new books. Jill shows him what she bought and the man buys it from her.
Jill is happy and can now afford a Honda she's been wanting. She tells her friend she's ready to buy the vehicle but the jittery man comes back and wants the book back. She tells him she sold it and the man returns with another man who tries to intimidate her.
The rest of the book shows Jill's attempt to get the book back while dealing with an assortment of unsavory characters and a man making a movie.
Jill lives life to the fullest and has a clever quip for whatever situation she gets into.
Elizabeth Channing arrives at Chatham, Massachusetts to be the new art teacher at the Chatham School.
Arthur Griswold, headmaster, meets her at the staElizabeth Channing arrives at Chatham, Massachusetts to be the new art teacher at the Chatham School.
Arthur Griswold, headmaster, meets her at the station. He's accompanied by his son, Henry, the narrator of the story. He will be a sophomore when the school season begins.
Channing is a romantic and Henry quickly develops a puppy love for her.
A domestic at the Griswold house, Sarah Doyle, asks Channing to teach her to read and Sarah and Henry are often at Channing's cottage together working on their studies.
Leland Reed arrives at Chatham to be the new poetry teacher. He's accompanied by his wife and child. He and Elizabeth are drawn together as the story moves back and forth through time from the peaceful start of the story to a trial involving some of the characters.
The reader isn't sure what crime was committed but there are parallels to Dreiser's "An American Tragedy."
Winner of the Edgar Award, this is a story that tugs at the reader's heart as the central characters seem drawn to a tragedy that doesn't seem to be able to be averted. ...more
"Mission Flats" features small town police chief Ben Truman. His father was the chief before him and Ben left grad school in Boston so he could help c"Mission Flats" features small town police chief Ben Truman. His father was the chief before him and Ben left grad school in Boston so he could help care for his mother who had Alzheimer's Disease.
As part of his job, Ben checks the summer homes on the lake and this time, he finds the deceased body of a DA from Boston. The man had been murdered in a manner that pointed the finger at a drug dealer from Boston.
As the investigation gets under way, Boston officials try to take control but Ben insists that since the body was found in his town in Maine, he should be part of the team. To do this, he moves to Boston so he can have an active role in the investigation.
During the investigation, Ben is teamed with John Kelly, a savvy, retired Boston detective. As Ben is looking into the case, he finds more things that have been kept from the public and that someone doesn't want to be seen.
The author makes the reader care for what happens to Ben and the plot has a number of well placed surprises and an unforgettable conclusion.
"Mission Flats" is a past winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel....more
Bonita Faye is a country girl from Oklahoma. She has dreams of a better life and some day going to France.
Something happens to her abusive husband atBonita Faye is a country girl from Oklahoma. She has dreams of a better life and some day going to France.
Something happens to her abusive husband at the start of the story and a sympathetic Oklahoma State Trooper befriends her. Eventually, they form a romantic relationship and Bonita has faith that her life has taken a turn for the better.
As she begins to shape her new life and enjoy it, she follows her goal to become a better person.
After a number of years, she is able to travel to France even though she can't speak a word of the language.
Eventually, she meets a kind man at a restaurant who explains what things she could order to eat. They become very close friends.
The description of small town life is well done as is Bonita Faye's determination to obtain her goals. She is an example of a woman who has almost nothing and can make her life a success.
The story includes romance, suspense, humor and excellent character development. Bonita Faye is a character the reader will come to admire and remember....more
This noir novel brings the reader to remember Raymond Chandler's novels about Los Angeles in the 1950's.
Lora King, a school teacher, has always been cThis noir novel brings the reader to remember Raymond Chandler's novels about Los Angeles in the 1950's.
Lora King, a school teacher, has always been close to her brother, Bill, who is a junior investigator with the district attorney's office.
Bill meets a mystery woman named Alice and they marry. Not long after, as Lora gets to know Alice, things about what Alice explains in her past, bring Lora to question them in her mind. There are also things about Alice's current activities that worry Lora.
Alice introduces Lora to a good time woman named Lois and the three woman begin spending time together, at parties, clubs and enjoying life. Lora seems fascinated with this but still wonders about Alice while Lora tries to be protective about Bill. She decides to do a little investigating.
The setting is in the Hollywood section of California. It is well done with scenes of movie studios and with people in film. This gives a realistic view to the novel.
The reader will enjoy Lora and the way the author makes her story flow with interesting characters, set in an exciting time....more
Cotton Malone knows his father died while commanding an experimental sub in Antarctica. Now he wants to know more so calls in some favors and gets theCotton Malone knows his father died while commanding an experimental sub in Antarctica. Now he wants to know more so calls in some favors and gets the records of that ship.
Cotton was a former Justice Department agent who is said to have retired. In quick succession of events and numerous killings, he ends up working with twin sisters whose father also was on that sub and they want to know what happened to their father. Actually, their mother stated that she will bestow the family wealth on the sister who finds what happened to their father first.
Also interested in the last trip of that sub is a man who wants to keep it secret and will do anything he can to be sure the truth never gets out.
There is a puzzle that must be solved and this goes into ancient history and Charlemagne. Mixing this in could make the story line slow down but it does not. This is a suspenseful story with good characters and well described settings.
There are many things I enjoyed about this story and think that for the reader interested in an exciting read and trip through history, it would be recommended....more
Maggie Mahoney is a partner in a major Wall Street law firm.
When her husband dies in a skiing accident and she returns to work, she is asked by a seniMaggie Mahoney is a partner in a major Wall Street law firm.
When her husband dies in a skiing accident and she returns to work, she is asked by a senior partner to look into the Gender Equity Committee and the treatment of women in the firm. What makes this seem less than sincere is the senior partner's political ambitions and the fact that the chair of this committee is a know womanizer.
As Maggie spends more time with the woman at her firm, her eyes are opened about the way women are treated and the male disregard for women as anything other than sexual objects. She even experiences this herself when one man asks if she needs anyone to fill her husband's bed spot.
When she brings some of these facts to the senior partner, she can tell he isn't sincere and later he does something illegal and Maggie finds out.
There is a well done confrontation when Maggie meets the man with proof of her accusations and this is a scene readers will feel satisfied about.
I enjoyed the story but felt that the premise was a bit exaggerated. I know that in my own office, there are signs posted in prominent places about sexual harassment and it's hard to believe that major attorneys wouldn't see that these actions are punishable and career threatening....more
Lt. Vincent Moro of the Miami Police department is wounded in a shootout. He goes to Puerto Rico to recuperate.
While there, he meets and spends time wLt. Vincent Moro of the Miami Police department is wounded in a shootout. He goes to Puerto Rico to recuperate.
While there, he meets and spends time with Iris, a lovely but naive prostitute.
Another man arrives and begins to follow them. This man, Teddy Mazyk, is a deranged killer who was recently released from jail. He wants to take revenge against Moro because Moro is the person who caught him in a crime and was responsible for him going to jail.
There are a number of excellent plot twists as the action moves to Atlantic City and a character is murdered there. This brings Vincent to Atlantic City where he assists police in investigating the murder.
The dialogue is crisp and the story unravels before us, almost as if we were observing the action take place.
This is a carefully crafted novel that will entertain the reader from the first page....more
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 tellsNine 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....more
Kevin Kerney is a childhood rodeo star who became chief of detectives in Santa Fe. Then he was wounded and received a medical retirement.
He is workingKevin Kerney is a childhood rodeo star who became chief of detectives in Santa Fe. Then he was wounded and received a medical retirement.
He is working as a seasonal forest ranger in the Gila Wilderness and attempting to earn money to restore an abandoned homeland and set up a cattle operation.
He is sent to a call when a rancher finds evidence that a bear was shot by a poacher. The rancher thinks it was done by a trophy hunter.
Kerney is investigating this when he comes upon on elderly Mexican man who was delirious. He takes the man to a hospital.
There are vivid depictions of the rough terrain of the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. We observe the gritty people who keep to themselves and are generally mistrustful of strangers. The people seem solid but there are secrets underneath their stoicism.
The author describes events dealing with two families. The Cox family has achieved financial success but they have kept something hidden for sixty years and this weighs heavily on them. The other family is named Padilla. This is the family of the man found in the mountains. The family is looking into an injustice that also happened sixty years ago.
I enjoyed the images of the southwest and the rugged cowboy turned police detective. Kerney is the wounded warrior who is still proud of the work he does and tries to bring justice into the wild west....more
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 PeakIn 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....more
Fr. John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest is pastor at St. Francis Mission at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
On the way to a meeting on a snowy day,Fr. John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest is pastor at St. Francis Mission at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
On the way to a meeting on a snowy day, his car breaks down and while walking for help, he stumbles over a body partially hidden in the snow. When he reaches help and returns with the sheriff, the body has been removed.
He is also informed that there is a plan to sell the Mission and build a community center. The economic advisor for the reservation is behind the idea as is an attorney who seems sleezy.
The setting is well described with the large scale unemployment and problems with alcohol and drugs on the reservation. Some of the Arapaho's feel they want a community center and more jobs but others believe in tradition and leaving things they way they were.
When the body was removed, it set in force an Indian legend that a body that is moved, is like a soul between two places because of some bad thing about their life.
Sgt. Logan McRae is back at the Granite City, Scotland police department after being out for a year with an on the job injury.
The body of a three-yeaSgt. Logan McRae is back at the Granite City, Scotland police department after being out for a year with an on the job injury.
The body of a three-year-old body is found after the child had been missing for months. The slowness of the police investigation is critized and McRae is assigned to the case. When he arrives at the chid's parents home to tell them about finding the body, he finds they are distressed because the newspapers called them first and were untactful.
McRae works for a controlling, authoritative supervisor. Det. Insp. Insch is a large, bald man that McRae compares to Buddah, but not as nice. Insch also does pantomine at the local theater in his off time and tries to get his department to buy tickets to the event.
Another body is found. This time it is a girl, age five. She's been killed in a different manner and police suspect they have two child killers at work in this small community.
McRae is eminently believable and the type of character the reader can come to like and see themselves as being like if they were in the same position.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to more Sgt. Logan McRae stories in the future....more
Two skiers find Abbie Cooper's body frozen in a mountain creek.
Abbie had been wanted for murder and ecoterrorism but how did she come to be in this isTwo skiers find Abbie Cooper's body frozen in a mountain creek.
Abbie had been wanted for murder and ecoterrorism but how did she come to be in this isolated place and be shot?
"The Divide" tells the evolving of Abbie Cooper from an innocent teenager with a happy family life to a radical environmentalist.
He family vacationed at a dude ranch and she met a ranch hand, Ty Hawkins, who she becme fond of. Ty took her to his family's ranch where she saw the beauty and joy Ty's father had in his ranch and the horses he raised. However, he said that ranches nearby were being drilled on for gas. When the people bought their property, they were only sold surface rights and the government kept the mineral rights. Now they were leading the land to coprorations.
After a time, when their vacation had ended, Abbie's father informed the family that he wasn't happy and was leaving them. He didn't admit that there was another woman, although it came out, and Abbie told him he was ruining their lives.
Abbie picked a college in the west and became active in various protest movements. This progressed into more radical movements and she became hardened.
The author provides two lessons for his readers. In one, he shows the devistating effect on a person's family after divorce and how it is often the children who suffer most. Another lesson was the uncaring attitude from these corporations who often took family's livlihood away from them.
A quick and entertaining story but not up to the drama of "The Horse Whisperer."...more
At the Wyoming Wind River Reservation, Arapahos meet for their powwow when their tribal chairman, Henry Castle, is found murdered. The suspece is HenrAt 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....more
North Carolina in the 1970s still had strained relationships between black and whites. Opinions about gay lifestyles weren't something that was spokenNorth 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....more