This is a first reads book that I tackled as soon as I got it and it is a fun read. The first Bad Girl I read was princess Margaret Rose. When I was iThis is a first reads book that I tackled as soon as I got it and it is a fun read. The first Bad Girl I read was princess Margaret Rose. When I was in college I was aware of her shenanigans but here I get all the details. I then went on to John I, if you don't know your history it can really make your head swim but Leslie Carroll has a way of cutting and arranging everything with wit and style. I have not finished the book but as soon as I do I must get the companion book of royal marriages. This is definately a "good read"....more
Bad Blood is first class Sandford. Beautifully written tight prose that takes off and doesn't let up adding layer after layer. A "good kid" Bobby TripBad Blood is first class Sandford. Beautifully written tight prose that takes off and doesn't let up adding layer after layer. A "good kid" Bobby Tripp, for no apparent reason, takes a t-ball bat and brains farmer Jacob Flood and then makes certain he is dead by burying him in soybeans. The morning after his arrest Tripp is found hanging in his cell. The deputy Jim Crocker says it is suicide but Sheriff Lee Coakley doesn't believe it and neither does the ME. Lee asks Virgil Flowers for help and they take a ride out to visit Crocker. They find him dead (layer three) apparently shot while having sex (layer four) by a woman (layer five?). Another layer has Iowa law enforcement wondering if the murder of their "sex kitten" might be connected because Kathy Baker came from the same general area and belonged the the same Church as Flood and Crocker.
Virgil and the sheriff start their investigation by interviewing Jacob Flood's family and are met at the door by two hollow eyed preteen girls, the not particularly grieving widow Alma and her father Emmett Einstadt who happens to be patriarch of the World of Spirit Church. Virgil and Lee give the family all they know about the Flood and Crocker murders but get nothing from them. But after they leave Alma says, "Must have been Kathleen" and Einstadt agrees. We just added another layer,folks. As he leaves Alma with her bible Einstadt thinks to himself, "He hadn't had any sex for two days, and he needed it, and the last time he bent Alma over the kitchen table, she'd been dry as a stick. The girls though...." All this in the first 75 pages!
I have also read the other three Virgil Flowers novels and this the best because we finally get to see the well-rounded Virgil Flowers. We don't just see the ladies man, Lee Coakley does, they have frequent "conferences" in the course of the investigation. We still get the laid back Virgil telling every thing he knows to all who'll listen in the cafe but he gets back as much as he gives out. When the action starts we get a chance to see the Virgil that Davenport sees. The shoot-out at a suspect's house will get your blood pressure up and keep it there. I don't know a thing about shotguns but with Sandford's tight writing and clear descriptions I followed the action. Characters from earlier books, both Prey and Flowers, are added to the mix.
This is not a pretty story and one Einstadt says is outside the understanding of the World of Law that Flowers represents. Sandford had a purpose in the subject of this novel as he has had in others, you can tell because he gets on his soap box with this one and not subtle as he has been with others. It is an ugly subject but it is out there....more
I received Hypothermia from Firstreads and read it on lunch break so it took me some time to get through it partially because I have to get used to ScI received Hypothermia from Firstreads and read it on lunch break so it took me some time to get through it partially because I have to get used to Scandinavian words and because it is a translation the word order often seemed clumsy.
A woman, depressed since her mothers death, is found hanging in her lakeside cottage. It has the appearance of a suicide but the Inspector Erlunder decides to look deeper into it. The woman had a morbid belief that her dead mother would send her a message of life after death and attended seances to contact her. To me this became a side issue as Erlander is also interested in a missing persons case similar to earlier cases. This and the move into an also gloomy side story of his estranged strung-out daughter and her attempt to get Erlunder to talk to his former wife, a woman for which he seem to have never had feeling left me totally cold, I could not dredge up interest for any one of the characters or care if any problem was solved and did not finish the book....more
I received this first reads book sometime back. I have never read legal fiction and thought this would be a good time to start. Mr. Hirsch's writing iI received this first reads book sometime back. I have never read legal fiction and thought this would be a good time to start. Mr. Hirsch's writing is smooth from the first line and clips right along. In the space of one day corporate attorney Will Connelly: sees a colleague fall to his death, maybe set-up as the killer, takes over merger plans, make partner, gets drunk, picks up a Russian woman in a bar, sleeps with her and gets threatened by the Russian mob. I'm thinking "how dumb can you get" and reminds me of some corporate lawyers I sold airline tickets to, until finally on page 50 "he had the growing realization that he had been had".
Before long "mafiya" types start drifting through his life. Not just Katya the femme-fatale, Yuri and Nikolai, the want-to-bes but Valter whom thy want to impress, and Boka the Godfather. Throw in a terrorist named Aashif. As if the mafiya and their demand for information about the merger of Juniper/Pearl were not enough Will is now visited by the SEC and DOJ with veiled accusations that he is the source of the on-going leak of inside information. The SFPD haven't given up on him either for the suspicious death of Ben Fisher.
Will believes he is the leak, which I can't understand because the bad guys have been getting information way before Will came into the merger. He also believes something is not right with the merger when Claire Rowland in Due Diligence, I take to be a research department, comes up with something strange. Will has an ally in the company until she is voted out for not being through and efficient. Something is wrong in this law firm.
When Will puts all the peaces together in his mind and forms a strategy the action already moving at a fast pace zips through. Will Connelly, at the start of the book is a young lawyer who has "made it", he is partner in a prestigious law firm, has an expensive car and condo and is at the top of his world. At the end he has lost all that but is a strong, happy, resourceful, mature man.
I was reading this book on lunch breaks at first but this should be read at one one sitting because Mr. Hirsch takes you on a fast toboggan ride with all the twists and turns.
This is the first William Manchee novel I have read and am not too impressed at the moment. I'll re-read at some later time and see if my opinion chanThis is the first William Manchee novel I have read and am not too impressed at the moment. I'll re-read at some later time and see if my opinion changes. Thanks goodreads for giving me the chance to read it, sorry I couldn't finish it....more
I have read most of Sandra Brown's novels and like them very much but this is not one of her best. I remember Dodge Hanley from Smash Cut and liked thI have read most of Sandra Brown's novels and like them very much but this is not one of her best. I remember Dodge Hanley from Smash Cut and liked the character. I often like the male better than the female characters in Sandra Brown novels. They are what they are, no excuses made, take me as I am. They may be crude, rude and on the edge of the law but they are basiclly good men. Like Dodge they are often dieing inside but won't let you know it.
Dodge first meets Caroline King when he answers a domestic disturbance call and it is lust at first sight. Everything with the young Dodge was lust. Caroline is determined to marry a rich spoiled socialite but Dodge is determined to have her instead. He eventually gets her but screws it up, literally, while getting information from a suspects girlfriend at the time Caroline is having their child. We learn all this in flashbacks. Now 30 years later Berry Monroe is being stalked.
I didn't care much for Caroline. She's more appealing in her youth but seems to have shut down her personality in later years. Berry comes across as selfish, a striver who wants to out-do her mother's success. Caroline was on her way to a good career in real estate when she threw Dodge out and then married the boss. Something Berry jeers at as a way to get ahead when she over-reacts to a minor set back at work and throws a hissy-fit. She really needed a strong hand like Dodge's as a child rather than a pleasant complacent adoptive father and an adoring mother.
I might have given it a higher rating if not for all the stops and starts to break the action. Sandra Brown uses my least favorite literary device--episodic flashbacks.
The first flashback is the beginning if Chapter 4, after Dodge Hanley's fist meeting with Caroline King in thirty years. Time to sit back and have the earlier story roll out and bring us up to date, as Mr. Brown has done in other novels, but it doesn't happen. After 12 pages we are back to the present until another opportunity triggers episode 2 at Chapter 7 for another 13 pages. On it goes for 5 flashbacks. After Caroline confirms to her daughter the Dodge is her father and was Caroline's love of her life you can almost hear the soap opera organ music as the next flashback begins. I barely skimmed the later ones.
When released in paperback I will get a copy and read it again after paper clipping all the flashback pages together and reading them first, as I've done with other novels, or forget them and concentrate on the rather contrived present story.
Sandra Brown's stories may sometimes be contrived but you can't quarrel with her writing style--it flows. ...more
I had a copy of the original book, now out of print. I foolishly gave my battered copy away. I picked up the CD version at a book sale and had hours oI had a copy of the original book, now out of print. I foolishly gave my battered copy away. I picked up the CD version at a book sale and had hours of pleasure listening in the car. That said, it reads better than listens. The narrator is great but I find early Krentz, this one written as Amanda Glass, are better read.
Shields are a social class of men on a planet called Windarra. They have the ability to father only males and have difficulty finding women to marry. Raising males who's primary function is chasing bandits doesn't seem to have much appeal to the women of Serendipity the more frivolous western province. Enter Sariana Dayne, a wash-out from the business-oriented eastern colony of Rendzevous who hopes to return home after proving her business sense in the West. She starts by kidnapping Shield Gryph Chassyn who she needs to find a stolen Prisma Cutter. "Why didn't you just ask?" he wants to know.
Gryph knows a Shield Mate when he sees one and her fate is sealed. She is a talker and that she does, talks, talks, talks. And stubborn, so she defies and defies and misunderstands all through their risky and dangerous search for the prisma. He doesn't intend to let her out of his sight. Ms. Krentz is great at this type of banter, which is one of my favorite points about her Amanda Quick novels.
Sariana might fight the attraction and Gryph might be frustrated by her business-like attitude but both know it is a lost cause. She is the first shield mate from the East and that offers an unexpected but delightful surprise for all. ...more