I have to confess that I have never read John Grisham before. I don't read courtroom dramas, and there are so many books out there in other genres tha...moreI have to confess that I have never read John Grisham before. I don't read courtroom dramas, and there are so many books out there in other genres that I would have read first. But I was told by several people how great this book is and I hate to miss out on a good read. I did not know the subject matter and had never seen the movie. After the 1st chapter with the rape of a 10 year old girl, I put it down. After several more people told me it was great book, I picked it up again. It took me a little over 100 pages, but after that I was hooked.
I appreciated the way John Grisham crafted the story with short chapters that alternated between main characters and groups. The flow was pretty good, and I only lost track of some of the characters a couple of times. I liked the fact that in the book, Jake, the lawyer for Carl Lee, remains faithful to his wife even though a nice looking woman enters the story when his wife and daughter are out of town. The drinking parts with Lucien and some of the other characters provided some comic relief.
I had a slight problem with the ending. It was too short and left some loose threads hanging. But that was only a slight hitch for me and did not spoil the overall enjoyment of the book.
Even with the serious and controversial plot, I got the sense that it was being told in an almost matter of fact way; here is the story, and all the players and their stories and you make up your own mind. The people I identified with the most were the jurors. It didn't matter what color or sex they were, but more their plight with the verdict given the circumstances. It made me ask seriously what I would have done in their place. After thinking about it for about 5 minutes, I figured it out. (less)
This was a sweet story, and I liked it very much. I don't usually read this kind of book, but it was a true example of a bittersweet romance novel and...moreThis was a sweet story, and I liked it very much. I don't usually read this kind of book, but it was a true example of a bittersweet romance novel and it did move me and bring me to tears near the end. I gave it 5 stars mostly because I would probably skim through it again if I needed to be reminded about how precious life and love are. As a woman who is blessed with a family I love very much, sometimes it's nice to be reminded when the world crashes in and I am weighed down by responsibilities, troubles and concerns. (less)
This is the 2nd book of the "In Death" series, and is an excellent read. The character of Peabody is introduced in this book. She eventually becomes a...moreThis is the 2nd book of the "In Death" series, and is an excellent read. The character of Peabody is introduced in this book. She eventually becomes a major character as the series progresses. As Eve's aid, she strives towards her detective badge in homicide, and is a nice complement to Eve's hardness and provides many humorous moments as she and Eve interact.
The plot is a good one where Eve struggles to find the connection between the victims and the motive behind the killings. Here also, Roarke and Eve's new relationship is explored, with friction caused by Eve's reluctance at first to understand or admit that there is indeed a solid connection between them. Commander Whitney is also a source of friction as he is personally connected to one of the victims and her family.
This story also has a great ending with plenty of excitement, and a surprise Roarke twist. The comic relief is supplied by Peabody and others, and Eve's discomfort in social situations.
I love this series; the characters are great and even the minor ones are well defined. Also, some great cop work and some futuristic gadgets which are realistic and add, rather than detract, from the story.
This is the first in the series and one of the best. If at all possible, it should actually be read first or if you stumble on these books like I did...moreThis is the first in the series and one of the best. If at all possible, it should actually be read first or if you stumble on these books like I did and read a later one first, come back to this one as soon as you can. I lays the foundation for the main character, Eve Dallas, and her relationship with Roarke.
Roarke is from Ireland; a rich, powerful, good looking sexy man with blue eyes. You can find his physical description in the first book and his complete stats on Wikipedia, if you are interested. He comes from humble beginnings though, growing up in Ireland with an abusive criminal father.
When Roarke meets Eve Dallas, his business dealings are almost all legal, and you'll just have to read the book if you want to know if they stay that way. Regardless, his past provides some interesting additions to several plot lines. Eve comes from similar beginnings as she is found at the age of 8 wondering the streets of Dallas; the authorities have no idea who she is. At the time of this first novel, she is just beginning to have memories of what happened to her before they found her. It's one of the things that gives Eve Dallas some real depth. When you first meet Eve, she may seem hard and formidable, but if you look, you are given glimpses into her vulnerability and her compassion despite her surliness, at times colorful language, and almost total disregard for all things feminine. Yet she is described as having whiskey colored eyes, a sleek figure and an attracted well-defined face with a slight dip in her chin. She is constantly running her fingers through her hair, and does not care if it's styled or fashionable.
Mavis, her best and one of Eve's only friends is introduced in this first book, and is featured somewhat in all the books, and a lot in the third. She is always fun and has a flamboyant personality, which is a nice complement to Eve's more serious one. Other great and key characters are also introduced here, with others coming in later books. It's easy to keep them straight as they are all unique and well-defined.
The murder mystery plot is also excellent. Police procedures are used and explored. Eve finds Roarke extremely helpful in her investigation, but he is also on her suspect list. This makes for some interesting conflict.
Also, this story takes place in the year 2058. While being a part of each story, it is not a major detractor. This book also lays the groundwork between the differences between the present day and the books' time, which are not too far fetched, in my opinion. As you move along in the series, they become just a backdrop for the story and do not seem weird at all, often adding to the plot in a fun way. For example, in Eve's time, guns are banned and only available to licensed collectors. Police use a stun type weapon and instead of gloves on a crime scene, they use something called Seal-it which coats their feet and hands. Most of the major diseases have been cured, elongating the average life span to about 150 years. Prostitution has been legalized, regulated and licensed.
New York city is the backdrop for this series and is almost a character in itself. It is not a utopia by any means. It still has the hard edges, rich history and wealthy entrepreneurs.
This is a great series with terrific characters, plots, and romance. (less)
My absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leona...moreMy absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leonardo, who also becomes a continuing character. The end is the great bachelor party scene and Eve's wedding. (Although I wish she had written about the actual wedding.) The murder mystery keeps you guessing to the end; great scene with Trina the scary make-up consultant. There is so much depth to this novel - I thoroughly enjoyed it - especially while listening to the audio version - great job, Susan Erickson. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes great characters, a superb plot, humor, romance, and a great tough lady copy who kicks, well you know!!(less)
This is one of the novellas for this series. I'm not a vampire story lover, but this one is fun. It is actually one of my favorites of the shorter nov...moreThis is one of the novellas for this series. I'm not a vampire story lover, but this one is fun. It is actually one of my favorites of the shorter novels, mostly because it is suspenseful despite it's length, and I just love Peabody; she has some great lines in this one! The other one of the short ones that I like is Haunted in Death, another funny one for Peabody.
A socialite is found dead in her apt, killed with what looks like a vampire bite. Eve, Peabody, Roarke, and McNab proceed to a new underground vampire club where they are introduced to the Club's owner, Eve's #1 suspect. He's very charismatic and I originally thought he got the upper hand on Roarke in their initial meeting. But oh, how could I be so foolish? Roarke is ever the strategist.
There are some nice twists, and although I prefer the longer versions of this series, I definitely recommend this one, even if you are not into vampires. I also recommend the audio, as the suspense factor is escalated, and Susan Erickson, the reader, is top-notch.
If you want to read it, this book can be found in the anthology book Dead of Night, along with 3 other authors. (less)