Longer ago then I would like to remember I picked up a book with an odd name. I read it. I loved it. I told my mother she had to read this author as w...moreLonger ago then I would like to remember I picked up a book with an odd name. I read it. I loved it. I told my mother she had to read this author as well. She read it. She loved it. The book was “The Godwulf Manuscript” and the author ended up writing a few more books, all of which I devoured, and loved, along with the rest of Robert B. Parker’s works.
The late Parker, and the amazingly productive Lawrence Block who writes, amongst other series, those about the fascinating Matthew Scudder, gave us two of the most interesting Private Investigators since the days of Phillip Marlowe. Not hard-boiled dicks, but hard enough to be secure in those times when they were not hard; a new breed of detective.
Parker will be missed, and Block doesn’t write enough pages (or enough of his “own” stuff) anymore for me to be as excited as I used to be by his new offerings. Jude Hardin may very well fill that gap. His novel Pocket-47 introduces Nicholas Colt, a PI with the requisite diverse and troubled past. Yet, there are no clichés here, and the dialogue is well above average.
The plot is good, a variation on a theme, “Find missing youth, realize there is more to the story. Bond. Roadblock Have to fix things because it is the right thing to do,” yet also different enough that very little of the story was telegraphed. I was a tad taken aback when there was –more- to the story which, at first, seemed to come out of the blue, but it was a good enough “next part” that I soon forgot my “Huh?” and went along for the very enjoyable ride.
This is definitely series material, and I will very much look forward to watching Colt grow and mature, along with some of the sidekicks we know will be there by his side. I will not only be reading all future releases, but I’ll be recommending to friends (and my mother, of course). The only downside? Starting a series with a character already in his 40s means he will have to age out and slow down too quickly! Let us not have him age in real time, all right?
This was really a fantastic read. Don’t miss the beginning of the next best thing.
(Thank you to Jude Hardin, who was kind enough to allow me to read a pre-release copy of Pocket-47.) (less)
Allon is back, and Silva is still one of the best there is. A believable plot which moves along both in the action parts, as well as the continued ins...moreAllon is back, and Silva is still one of the best there is. A believable plot which moves along both in the action parts, as well as the continued insights at the behind-the-scenes relationships between the "clandestine" services of many different nations. If Silva's depictions are accurate, the U.S. and England are second only to Israel in terms of feeling/being alone in the world where some things are concerned --- and I suspect the depictions are accurate. This novel also reminds us all of the basic and pervasive nature of the atrocities of the Holocaust, and that Germany could not, and did not, do it alone, it had the help of other governments, peoples, and entities, both during, and after the war. (Yes, Vatican, I'm looking at you.) As such, not only is this a great read, but a reminder of why we should never, and will never, forget. Never again!(less)
Possibly the best book I've ever read about the history of the Middle East in so far as it truly tries to give an objective view of the history of the...morePossibly the best book I've ever read about the history of the Middle East in so far as it truly tries to give an objective view of the history of the area. Its conclusion is sad (trust me, this isn't a spoiler, merely my commentary on what the author concludes about the situation there), the story compelling. (less)