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Frank Sinatra in a Blender
4.09
Pulpishly Noir?! Noirishly Pulpish?! Someone should invent a term for when an author goes overboard with the pulp fiction. There is no one likeable in...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
The Thai Dragon
3.70
I'm always looking for good books about Thailand. Burdett and Timothy Hallihan (sp?) do it the best. After that, it is slim pickens. I was hoping this...more
Dec 14, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
 
The Detachment (John Rain, #7)
3.99
I always snap up Eisler's Rain novels, this was the first time the story and characters felt played out. It seemed like he just moved from set piece t...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
 
How to Cook a Dragon: Living, Loving, and Eating in China
3.08
Tripe ! Gristle ! This book was a bone in the throat. A hair in my soup. The narrator of this memoir elicited a visceral antipathy in me. Whiney, need...more
Jul 08, 2011
Apr 15, 2010
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.10
Occasionally I enjoy reading a book that cant be categorized, something so multifaceted that it will send the bookstore manager into fits trying to de...more
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
 
Big City, Bad Blood (Ray Dudgeon, #1)
3.80
Solid mystery / noir. The series has potential, although there were some stray plot tendils that went unexplained.....for example a character introduc...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
 
House Divided (Joe DeMarco, #6)
3.83
Lawson never disappoints. If you've lived in DC and Arlington it's a fun read to see a lot of familiar places. Also, Demarco has more to do in this on...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week
3.79
For this type of book to work, the author has to be likeable, for me, she was not. At many points during the book I found myself wondering how the hus...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul (Inspector Singh Investigates #2)
3.61
This is a solid series, the books keep me entertained but there's nothing special about the writing, no 'wow' moments where you can admire a turn of p...more
not set
Sep 10, 2011
 
Right as Rain (Derek Strange and Terry Quinn #1)
3.87
My first Pelecanos, for me it started slow and his style took some getting used to, I perservered and it was worth it. I lived in DC 3 years and was a...more
not set
Dec 03, 2011
 
The Danger
3.93
Good book which shows intimate knowledge of kidnappings. Having worked a few kidnappings, I found it to be spot on. It's also intersting in that it pr...more
Dec 03, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
 
North of Montana (An FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Mystery #1)
3.36
Thanks to Brian W for the recommendation on this one. April Smith certainly writes with credibility and the squad-room and procedural writing certainl...more
not set
Sep 10, 2011
 
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
3.79
Thanks to Brian W for this one. One of most gripping lead sentences I've read in a long time. Rarely do you see someone write two such disparate world...more
Mar 04, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
 
Hell and Gone
3.93
Swierczynski gets it. When I read his books I shift into hyperspeed-read mode and I'm always disappointed when they end. Sure the plots are out there,...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
 
Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos
3.94
Great book if you want to vicariously enjoy a safari. The author has a self deprecating style which serves to enhance the scary situations, since he's...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
Kage: The Shadow
3.92
Great read. A perfect mix of police procedural and martial arts. Donohue has a knack for capturing the reality of both worlds and the skepticism they...more
May 2012
May 19, 2012
 
How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America
3.71
A good read, but it didn't resonate with me the way the first two books did. The author is a likeable guy, very similar in style to Mathew Polly (Exce...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
 
Lethal People (Donovan Creed, #1)
3.79
This wasn't bad......but it certainly wasn't great. The promised humor was defintely overhyped and sophomoric at best, however it was original. I gues...more
not set
Sep 10, 2011
 
Concierge Confidential: The Gloves Come Off—and the Secrets Come Out! Tales from the Man Who Serves Millionaires, Moguls, and Madmen
3.38
A breezy quick read. There is something to be learned regarding providing and receiving service here. Other than that it's the novel equivalent of rea...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
Narrows Gate
3.28
This was a solid mob story. A fun read, and the OC pedigree of Sinatra is explored in greater detail than was done in the Godfather. I would put this...more
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Last Six Million Seconds
3.84

Great book, captures Hong Kong just before the handover, it was as evocative of place as was Rogue Island. Both enoyable thrillers in which the locati...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
 
Sensei: A Thriller
3.70
Blazed through this laughing and cringing. Donohue is really hitting his stride in this series...
May 2012
May 19, 2012
 
Rebels of Mindanao
2.28
Love to read books about the Philippines but this one was bit a hokey. U.S. Consulate in Davao huh?
Apr 2012
May 19, 2012
 
Trojan Horse
3.58
Parts of this book were well done and other sections were just brutal...now I know why it was discounted on my Kindle.....
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
 
Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
3.98
If you're coming to China to do busines better add this one to the list.....
May 2012
May 19, 2012
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
This was a big disappointment. Maybe all the critical acclaim set my expectations too high. I found the first 2/3rds of this book tedious and well.......more
not set
Apr 15, 2010
 
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
3.68
Good mystery. I like historical fiction and considering this was a translation (from German), it still had punch.
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
 
Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martial Arts
3.68
Matthew Polly is 2 for 2. I really enjoyed both memoirs. Blazed through this book in 2 nights. The guy has a very likeable style, I hope he keeps writ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
 
The Corruptionist (Vincent Calvino, #11)
3.96
If you can't sleep, this one was better than Nyquil. Every time I tried to read it, it knocked me out cold. Ham fisted analogies, awkward metaphors an...more
Mar 03, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.70
Well written but she took forever to get to the meat of the story....my mind started wandering...
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
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