Another Grand Slam by Faye Kellerman, that I hope continues throughout the series, and never shows the fatigue that sometimes plagues long-running serAnother Grand Slam by Faye Kellerman, that I hope continues throughout the series, and never shows the fatigue that sometimes plagues long-running series....more
Finally, Faye Kellerman shows off the masterpiece that she's always been capable of writing, but hadn't gotten to yet up to this point because she wasFinally, Faye Kellerman shows off the masterpiece that she's always been capable of writing, but hadn't gotten to yet up to this point because she was still trying to find her way with these characters and with her burgeoning skills at writing mysteries. "Grievous Sin" is a vast improvement over the previous plodding, dull "False Prophet," Kellerman's plotting is much, much tighter than it ever has been before, and she's finally confident in who Peter Decker, Rina Lazarus, Marge, Cindy, and all the rest of her stable are. This is the first time I actually look forward to the next one in the series, "Sanctuary," out of excitement, and not just mild curiosity about the characters. I want to know more. I want to know what they're up to next.
Four months ago, I became hooked on Robyn Carr's "Virgin River" series, and after moving to Las Vegas and procuring a library card from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, I checked out "Whispering Rock," "A Virgin River Christmas," and "Second Chance Pass," on my first visit to my local Whitney branch, thinking that if I liked "Virgin River" (the first novel) and "Shelter Mountain" that much, that surely I would still like the series enough to want to read what comes next right away, instead of checking out the series one book at a time. "Whispering Rock" got very boring, very fast, because even though the residents of Virgin River are nice enough, caring enough, and look out for one another in their small town, nothing seems to change. So I gave up the series and became very cautious when I started "The Ritual Bath," the first in the Decker/Lazarus series. If I liked "The Ritual Bath," I would continue on with "Sacred and Profane," but never go beyond one at a time in case I grew bored with the series, and didn't want to be stuck with books I didn't want to read until my next library visit.
The thing about "False Prophet" is that while I was reading to give up the series because of how badly-done the mystery was and how there was absolutely nothing to pull me in, I still wanted to know what was going on with Peter and Rina and Marge and all the other characters I've come to know. What Kellerman understands now with "Grievous Sin" is that if she writes a strong, powerful mystery that can carry readers along just as much as her characters, then her characters become even more vivid, even more worth following because not only does each case obviously affect Peter in some way, but some are referenced in each successive book, sometimes with an update on previous characters. I'm still sticking to my one-book-at-a-time edict when it comes to a long series, but I'm jonesing for "Sanctuary," to see what's happening. And hopefully "Grievous Sin" is just the start to a better Kellerman, who now knows how to write addictive mysteries....more
One of the greatest books ever published about the history of Las Vegas, especially in its relatively current state. Schumacher sees the actual realitOne of the greatest books ever published about the history of Las Vegas, especially in its relatively current state. Schumacher sees the actual reality of Las Vegas, not as it's colored by the big lights and energetic nature of the Strip. People live here, and in his book is how they have lived and how they live today (an expanded edition covering the years after this book was published is expected in October), the social and infrastructure-related issues they deal with, along with the never-ceasing question of growth. Schumacher knows it all and he writes it with a steady hand and a keen mind, the benefit of also being a 16-year resident....more