Anna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of aAnna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of acres and has claimed the life of a man and his dog. The blaze is somewhat controlled and the San Juan crew has been recalled due to a cold front that promises rain. But before Anna and the crew start for the Base camp, a young firefighter is injured. When Anna, the crew chief and the firefighters reach the young man, the winds don't feel right to Pigeon nor John LeFluer.
A "firestorm" swirls rapidly toward them. They must leave the injured firefighter and run! The stretcher suddenly falls as Len runs upward. The others freeze for a second before moving. There is nothing they can do for Newt except pray that his "shake and bake" holds. Anna promises the young man that she'll be back for them. They make it to a dry creek or burn line and get into their fire shelters. Agonizing minutes pass very slowly, as the firestorm passes over them. When the danger has past them, still leaving hot coals in the fire's wake, 8 of 9 people emerge from there shake and bakes. One shelter is still standing. Anna and John can see a lump under the thin shelter - the lump is Len. He's dead, stabbed under his left arm; the knife still in his rib cage. Anna looks around. A killer is in their midst, and everyone is a suspect. All 14 eyes had reasons to kill Len.
News from Base isn't good. Fallen trees and the smoke means no rescue. Smoke turns into fog, the precipitation the National Weather Service predicted is snow. Anna Pigeon must work the murder alone as she and Stephen, the other EMT, try to help the injured crew members. At least FBI Frederick Stanton is close by for her share information and gain a little comfort since she'll have to spend a few days and nights on the mountain in less desirable conditions while catching a killer.
I have always liked Anna Pigeon, but this installment had me wanting to shake her. Her whining became a little tiresome. And her embarrassment for wanting Frederick close to her - well I wanted to scream! Both she and the Agent never said what they were thinking or feeling. You'd think they would with Anna being in danger of freezing to death or worse the killer could have murdered her too.
The fire and the firestorm brought intensity to the story, but the dark, cold nights were slow. And I figured out who the killer was about 1/2 way through the novel, so I rather felt disappointed, but not disappointed enough to dislike this installment. ...more
In this (the last?) installment of the Evan Delaney Series we readers finally discover why Jax Riviera and Tim Green keep popping into Evan Delaney'sIn this (the last?) installment of the Evan Delaney Series we readers finally discover why Jax Riviera and Tim Green keep popping into Evan Delaney's life. There is a connection to a mother and son prostitute ring and a failed off the books ops - "Riverbend." Phil Delaney is being prosecuted for revealing classified information and he's been kidnapped by the Sangers. The price is, you guessed it, the Riverbend file that Jax has had hidden all of these years as an insurance policy. Evan must travel to Bangkok, Singapore, and London to get all of Jax's encrypted flash drives before time runs out - Jax has hidden a virus in the encryption that will erase the entire file unless the next drive is installed within a specific timeline. Rio Sanger tells Evan that Phil Delaney only has 72 hours to live without water - she wants that file. So does another interested party that doesn't care about Evan, her father, or an innocent little girl. Jesse Blackburn is working against his fiance, because he promised Phil that he would keep Evan clear from Riverbend, because it would start the "kill chain." Does Evan stay out of the way? No!
Though Evan Delaney have been featured in other Meg Gardiner books as the author told me in her blog's Q & A, the ending of Kill Chain left me cold. I didn't like the way she left Evan - too many questions were left unanswered and more were raised. Gardiner says she'll revisit Evan Delaney/Jesse Blackburn in the near future, but will she? She's written several stand alones and is well through another series, but no Evan Delaney. If a series is coming to an end, I'd like all of the threads tied together, regardless if I like the way those threads are woven. ...more
I really enjoyed this 4th book in the Evan Delaney Series. As before Meg Gardiner grabbed me from the first paragraph and kept me turning the pages, rI really enjoyed this 4th book in the Evan Delaney Series. As before Meg Gardiner grabbed me from the first paragraph and kept me turning the pages, reading furiously until the last word. Although I was a bit put off by one of Evan's decisions in the novel, and that is why I deducted a full star in my rating. That one decision, I'll keep to myself.
Evan Delaney and Jesse Blackburn return to China Lake for Evan's 15th High School Reunion. Many of her classmates are dead - too many. And in the course of 24 hours two more class mates are found brutally murdered. Jax Rivera contacts Evan and tells her that an unstable assassin is killing her friends, and it is connected to a Black Ops project in China Lake 20 years prior. And yes, Evan is a target too.
I love that each book in the series is darker than the previous one. But I do love a dark mystery thriller. ...more
Lawyer and Sci-Fi author, Evan Delaney is having a bad 24 hours. She is called to a Frat house and finds her boyfriend's brother, P.J. Blackb3.5 Stars
Lawyer and Sci-Fi author, Evan Delaney is having a bad 24 hours. She is called to a Frat house and finds her boyfriend's brother, P.J. Blackburn, high in a locked bathroom. He claims he saw a girl falling to her death before a fire breaks out at the house. The Police don't believe her, especially when the girl's body washes up on the beach with Evan's credit cards. Evan was on that beach beaten up by some muscle who claims she owes their boss big money. Earlier that morning her boss demands an explanation as to why their biggest client - Karen and her Rock and Roll husband Ricky Jimson - believe that Evan stole some checks from them and they are made out to Kathleen Evan Delaney. P.J. works for the Jimsons. Evan is a murder suspect and an Identity Theft victim.
The beginning of the novel is shaky as well as chaotic. That might have been on purpose by Meg Gardiner to emphasize the drug high of P.J. or the confusion of the dead girl's identity. But I didn't like the beginning. Jesse is acting erratic also throughout the novel. Marc Dupree surprised me, though. I didn't like how the author treated the puppy, either. I'm an animal lover.
But Gardiner tells a spot on suspenseful story that kept me guessing throughout its pages. ...more
Franklin Brand is back. The Franklin Brand that took Jesse's ability to walk and killed his buddy. He confesses to Evan that he's still stuck there inFranklin Brand is back. The Franklin Brand that took Jesse's ability to walk and killed his buddy. He confesses to Evan that he's still stuck there in Mission Canyon. He can't move to comfort his swimming mate as he lay dying. More memories are coming back and he's being blackmailed all within 9 weeks of his and Evan's wedding.
A couple claiming to be ex-CIA want to hire Evan to ghostwrite their memoirs. She senses something off putting about the couple. She's right. They are part of what happened to Jesse up in Mission Canyon. Her friend is legal counsel for Mako, the company that Brand worked for, is acting weird. The CEO made right toward Jesse, but something is rotten within Mako headquarters, and as Evan and Jesse seek justice for Brand more bodies turn up. What is Mako up to? And why did they (and still do) want Blackburn and another buddy dead?
Again, Meg Gardiner writes a fast paced suspenseful novel. There a few scenes that really stretch suspension of disbelief, but her full characterization of Evan and Jesse in China Lake and this sophomoric installment will allow that suspension of disbelief. Another recommended read. ...more
I debated whether to give this 4 Stars because I really enjoyed the novel, but it was slow in parts. Then I remembered that Greg Iles is a S3.75 Stars
I debated whether to give this 4 Stars because I really enjoyed the novel, but it was slow in parts. Then I remembered that Greg Iles is a Southern Writer. He takes his time. And that is not a bad thing. But for a mystery, I prefer more of a fast pace that keeps me up at night turning pages. Though in some scenes I did turn the pages quickly, sometimes holding my breath thinking 35 years isn't long enough for Penn Cage to re-open a murder that has the hallmarks of being a civil rights murder. Del Payton was killed in between MLK and Bobby Kennedy in 1968.
Payton was involved with the movement, and was promoted to a job that had been for "whites only." He was considered "uppity" by 1968 Natchez MS white population. Cage had returned home to Natchez hoping it's serenity and his parents could help his 4 year old daughter, Annie, with her grief of losing her mother - Penn's beloved, Sara. But statements he said off the record during an interview with Natchez's newspaper has blown up the small MS city. And Livy Marsden is back in town, too complicating Cage's life as well as the case.
As Penn decides whether to take the case, he finds out that Livy's father - Judge Leo Marsden - is involved, he's full steam ahead. He will destroy the Judge, as Marsden tried to destroy Penn's father years ago. What Penn Cage finds is corruption and every one attached to the case is playing "the quiet game." As people talk, people die. To win the case and find justice for Del Payton, he must play "the quiet game" and live. ...more
I finished this on St. Paddy's Day and I'm still torn between 3 and 4 Stars. Paula Hawkins had me spell bound. Her writing is fierce - she certainly kI finished this on St. Paddy's Day and I'm still torn between 3 and 4 Stars. Paula Hawkins had me spell bound. Her writing is fierce - she certainly knows how to spend a very suspenseful tale, keeping the reader quickly turning the pages despite all of her very unlikeable characters.
Rachel is Tom Watson's ex-wife. She is quite pathetic. She's a drunk and unemployed. But each morning she rides the train to London (to save face) pretending she's just another commuter. And the train always stops very near her old house where she was happy and hopeful with Tom. A few doors down live a beautiful couple that she's dubbed "Jess and Jason." She imagines their life together, giving them wonderful attributes and marriage. Looks can be deceiving as the real "Jess" - Meagan - shows us. Tom's current wife hates Rachel and truly believes that Tom's ex-wife is unstable and dangerous to her, Tom, and their baby daughter. Everything is going as smoothly as each woman's situation can go until one of them suddenly disappears. Rachel must interject herself in the investigation. After all, she's invested a year of mornings and evenings watching this woman. Bad decision, girlfriend.
The story line is told from each of the three women's altering POV, and that technique is powerful and makes the novel work. As I've said there is not one redeemable or likeable character in the whole book, but the reader is also a Rachel - a voyeur of a sort like in Rear Window. Something bad has happened and we know it's coming and we can't shut our eyes. We readers must know what happened and by whose hands. ...more
I have to agree with my GR friend, LJ that Harry is Haller's antagonist in this one. Well it should be so. Harry believes he's on the side of Angels and Haller defends the devil. Both are loners. Both have daughters. Both have the same father - one legitimate; the other son, not. One sees the Law as a game to win in court, the other sees the Law to punish the bad guys. Poor Harry has to work with Haller because the murderer he's trying to catch may be after Mickey now. How's that? Well let's go to the beginning.
Mickey Haller is ready now to go back to court and try cases. A colleague is murdered and leaves all of his cases to Haller, including a film exec who is accused of killing his wife and her lover. A franchise case - Haller needs that right now. Enter his half brother, Harry Bosch whom is investigating Jerry Vincent's murder. Harry believes the killer is one of his clients who are Haller's now.
The investigation comes forefront when Mickey is threatened. Otherwise, the murder investigation goes on behind Haller and his investigation and Eliot's trial. Remember the novel's openning line: Everybody lies.".
The last twist took me by surprise; I didn't see it coming. The strength of Michael Connelly is his plotting and dialogue. His magic is on full display here and he kept me turning the pages, guessing where he was going until the very last word. ...more
What a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out oWhat a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out on the water with a dead guy on board. The dead guy FINALLY convinced her father that someone tried to kill her when her Miata ended up in the drink. She feels bad that she killed the man, but it had to be done. Her cousin, Micah, is missing; so is the Morans' truck - Intuition. People are chasing Hazel and her Dad on land and sea. But why? And why did Micah steal her truck? Or was it someone else? Hazel decides to find out using her fictitious hero - Travis McGee - to find out. he's not worried. But the bad guys should be, Hazel is not a people person. She's lived with her dad on a small schooner and can shift the gears on an 18 wheeler fast. Oh yeah - she knows how to wield a very sharp knife, like Micah taught her.
Yes, Hazel has trust issues and she isn't good at listening to her father's instructions; but she does have a soft spot : animals and a burn-scarred, brain scrambled boy that makes her heart go pitter-pat until it doesn't. Who is this boy? Who is Stevenson? What do they want and are they responsible for Micah's disappearance? Better watch out, Hazel is on the hunt for the bad guys!
Last Exit In New Jersey is a fast read that takes the reader on a wonderful ride. C.E. Grundler doesn't give any clues to what is going on and whom the bad guys really are until the last 80 pages. She has a dark sense of humor that comes out in Hazel, Micah, Zap, and Gary. I loved the characters and want to read more by this author. ...more
When I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists inWhen I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists in What She Saw by Sheila Lowe is plausible. Just think - Computers have become smaller and more affordable; we cannot live without our Smartphones, iPods, i Pads, and our ereaders. Why can't something like the secret Project 42 happen within the near future? And will the bad guys kill to protect the secrecy until the desired results come to fruition? You betcha!
A lone young woman awakes on a train without a memory of how she got on board, nor does she have any idea of whom she is or where she is going. She is recognized at the train station by a supposed neighbor. He knows her as Jenna Marcott. When they get to her apartment building, she knows exactly where her apartment's keys are. But the apartment itself feels wrong to Jenna. She looks for clues and finds an appointment card for a Dr. Gold. She decides to keep the appointment and learns that she's been threatened by a powerful man that she's been having an affair with. Under hypnosis, she recalls a memory of a fatal car accident. Is that why she is afraid of the police? Is she also married? Does she have DID? If she has Disassociate Identity Disorder, which identity is hers - Jenna Marcott or Jess Mack? And who wants to kill her?
Sheila Lowes writing style is easy. Her pace is quick, drawing the reader into the story. I enjoyed the suspense and some parts were funny. I'd definitely will read more from this author. ...more
Nelson DeMille has created a wonderful character - John Corey! "I think I'm in love." Corey isn't your usual loner, introverted, and serious4.5 Stars
Nelson DeMille has created a wonderful character - John Corey! "I think I'm in love." Corey isn't your usual loner, introverted, and serious dark homicide detective. He's snarky. He's smart mouthed. He's juvenile. He appears to be a bumbling idiot just like Peter Falk's character - Columbo. He's smart and is narcissistic, but I loved him! Being in his head for over 600 pages was fun and I've never laughed so hard during a novel in a long time, even though the plot line was serious, deadly serious.
Tom and Judy Gorgon are good friends of convalescing NYPD Detective John Corey. They are beautiful. They are brilliant. They work on Plum Island. Apparently, they are also thieves, since they're also very dead. Both shot in the head on their deck as they were climbing from their Formula 300 at the dock. Their big silver cooler is missing from their boat. A Jolly Roger flag and signal pennants are flying. Could they have stolen an animal virus from Plum Island that bad guys could weaponize? Suits from the Alphabet Departments have decided the cover story - the Doctors Gordon stole a vaccine that rightly belongs to the U.S. Government to sell or go with them to a private sector pharmaceutical company. John Corey doesn't believe either of these theories and is determined to find out what happened to his friends. Thank goodness he's been asked to consult on the case. Then he's fired. But why? And by whom? At whose suggestion? Does Corey drop the case? Of course not.
I loved Nelson DeMille slow build up of the mystery. He gives you a few red herrings and several twists and turns. He does a great job of building characters, both the minor and major ones. He uses the first person POV and it was a treat and hoot to be in John Corey's head. I definitely must read the rest of the John Corey Series! And I recommend readers who love Thrillers do the same. ...more
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been 4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it is the killer, Julia only has days before she is dead like Sibby.
Linton has received another postcard. She gets them every year around this time and Sibyl's rape/murder hits to close for comfort. Jeffrey doesn't even know this part of Sara's past. How can she ever tell him and that this case has her in turmoil? Is this the case that finally causes Linton to get closer to her ex-husband or to resign as Grant County Medical Examiner?
Not a single person on Grant County police force will ever be the same after this case.
This book is the one in which I took an instant and intense disliking to Lena Adams 4 years ago. And I still dislike this character today. She has a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. She is embarrassed unnecessarily of her twin's sexuality. She can't forgive or even be civil to the uncle who brought the twins up. She is always so angry - I find her exhausting and exasperating. My daughter in law loves this character - I can't understand why?
Sara is slightly out of character and that bothered me. But Slaughter can write! She knows how to tell a helluva good story with backbreaking fast pacing and breathless suspense. Placing it on my permanent shelves of books. ...more
In this installment of Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series, Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are getting closer, though a new threat to their relationship rears its ugly head. As they are coming out the woods near Sara's parents' home, Jeffrey literally stumbles across a body buried in the ground. She was buried alive, then died a horrific death before she was freed.
The girl's identity leads to a co op soy farm and to a very religious family who is somewhat misogynist. Sara is not only shocked by the family, but by the family's Church - Tessa is a member and the family holds a Linton family secret in their hands. Which of the family or their farm hands killed Abby? And are there more young girls out there in the woods? Jeffrey must find out - his newest obsession.
I still don't like Lena Adams, I really can't figure out why I dislike this character as much as I do. When I read Blindsighted Lena just made my teeth hurt and got on my nerves, even with all that she's been through. Slaughter knows how to write and build up the suspension without giving up the bad guy until the end. I guessed the bad guy and again I was wrong. I recommend reading Karin Slaughter to everyone who loves a good thriller. ...more
I received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi StaubI received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi Staub and this one I did like. Corsi Staub again delves into the cyber world, and The Perfect Stranger left me wondering just how much personal information is out there that I've shared on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter like her character, Meredith Heywood. Meredith's cancer has come back, but she hasn't shared the bad news with her blogger friends yet, with the exception of Kay. When Landry, Elena, and Jaycee see the post on Pink Stinks written by Meredith's daughter, they are shocked. Landry gets hold of the bloggers and the women plan to go to Cincinnati to her funeral. Landry soon discovers that cancer didn't kill Meredith; she was murdered. Could one of the women she has come to love through their blogs and posts have killed Meredith? And which one of them is next?
Each chapter begins with an excerpt from one of the women's blog.
~ Meredith - Pink Stinks ~ Landry - The Breast Cancer Diaries ~ Kay - I'm A-Okay ~ Elena - The Boobless Wonder ~ Jaycee - PC BC
They also have screen names, but the reader can catch on quickly as who is whom. There is the obvious red herring, and I figured out the killer's identity fairly quickly. I kept reading on because I wanted to know the why. The writing kept me engaged and the novel was a quick read. I felt as if I had gotten to know the characters. All in all, a very satisfactory read. ...more
Blackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to itBlackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to it. There is some suspense too with a dash of romance and a feel of an historical novel. It could be described as Women's Fiction, but the novel could be read by men and they could enjoy the book as well. I honestly don't know how to describe this small book except to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
Merle Bennett has just lost her husband, Harry. It seems like her husband hid a few important things from her - another family and the draining of their joint banking accounts, and an old family home in France in which a few more skeletons lay buried. Merle goes to France with her son in the hopes of selling the house, but an old eccentric woman refuses to leave the home, stating that Harry's mother gave her the home. The elderly woman dies suddenly and Merle becomes the prime suspect. Her passport is confiscated and is told not to leave the small French village. She starts renovating the stone home and sleuthing into the old woman's life and death unaware that the old woman is tied to her dead in-laws and their secrets.
Summer in France, wine, riots, unfriendly neighbors except Pere Albert, renovation, murder suspect, and a handsome roofer. What more can Merle ask for? ...more
Meg Gardiner knows how to write suspense! She tells a damn good story from mostly Evan Delaney's perspective in the first person and seamlessly transiMeg Gardiner knows how to write suspense! She tells a damn good story from mostly Evan Delaney's perspective in the first person and seamlessly transitions to the third person to further the storyline then right back to Evan POV. This technique adds to the urgency of Luke and her predicament which is very scary - I had nightmares last night.
Evan Delaney is a lawyer and a Sci-Fi author. She stands up to an ultra-right church group, the Remnant at a friend's funeral. She really underestimated them. Peter Wyoming and his cult are "Enders" and they plan to speed up the Apocalypse on or near HELL-O-WEEN. They've already got one of her family members and they have designs on another. They'll stop at nothing including framing her Naval Fighter Pilot brother for Murder! Even Evan's disabled lawyer boyfriend is in their cross-hairs.
The plot is fast moving and Gardiner's prose is easy to read. Pages will fly as you read. Would I recommend this novel? A resounding YES! ...more
A missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of tA missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of the mental hospital that has been her home off and on for the 2 long years since her 2 year old son disappeared into thin air. No body has been found, though. And everyone in her household believes Ava is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown yet again. Or is she? Only the new stable hand, Dern believes that something is not right in Neptune Gate. Could Ava's husband and her lecherous cousins be gas lighting Ava? Who besides the Church family want Ava out of the way, may be permanently?
I enjoy Lisa Jackson and this novel has a Hitchtock movie like feeling that I found enticing. But the cast of characters are just a few too many and the book itself could've been shortened by at least 100 pages - hence the removal of 1 star. A word of advice, don't read this late at night. ...more
I finished this Friday night and was debating on my rating/review. I love Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters.3.5 Stars
I finished this Friday night and was debating on my rating/review. I love Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters. That being said - something was slightly off for me in The Burning Room. It does appear Connelly is going to end the series, and that saddens me. But the cliff hanger at the end gives me hope that Harry will be seen in one more book at least. Harry uses the computer more in this installment and seems to want to rekindle an old love interest; which one? There are few in the novel. Harry seemed to have no problems in discovering new evidence in each of the old cases he and his rookie partner were working on. I missed the old gumshoe detecting and the red herrings that always led Harry down a wrong road. usually getting himself in trouble with the Brass.
"You don't ever open the door to a burning room," says Harry. Yet he does, and gets burnt. The 2 cold cases were good reading and kept me turning the pages. They seem to be separate cases, but this is Harry Bosch. He connects the shooting of a mariachi band player to the Bonnie Brae fire that his new partner survived.
Always wonderful writing from Connelly, but it seemed he was rushed by his consulting role of Amazon.com new Harry Bosch series. Wallach and McEvoy make brief appearances, and Maddie seems more like a roommate than his daughter. I can't explain it well as to why this installment seemed off to me. ...more
I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try hI am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try her other series again - Grant County. I'm glad I picked Indelible because it gives the back story of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Toliver. I now understand Linton a bit better. Lena Adams - I still don't like her for some reason. The story within the main story really works because it explains why 2 gunmen walked into Grant County PD and started shooting cops. They want Chief Jeffery Toliver dead. Why? The answer lies in another small town of Sylacauga, AL where Jeffrey Toliver grew up and where he and Linton's relationship really turned serious. Two crimes are committed in the small Alabama town that has led these 2 men to Heartsdale, GA. And Chief Toliver lies gravely wounded whilst Sara Linton does everything she can do to save Jeffery, the school children, and the other cops held hostage. She also lets her mind drift back to Sylacauga. Has Jeffery's past or the crimes that Linton and Toliver investigated finally caught up to them? Read Indelible to find out.
The flashbacks really worked and gave the present situation more urgency. Slaughter has a gift of terrific narration and suspense building. ...more
A quick and entertaining mystery. I found Kate Burkholder to be a fresh heroine. She came from the Amish to embrace the "English" ways after3.5 Stars
A quick and entertaining mystery. I found Kate Burkholder to be a fresh heroine. She came from the Amish to embrace the "English" ways after a terrible event that happened to her when she was just fourteen. And when a body of a young woman is found lying in a pristine snow farm field, memories of that night haught her and threaten to tear her world both personal and professional world apart. Could the Slaughterhouse Killer have survived? Is he back for revenge what she and her family did all of those years ago?
As Painter's Mills, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate was hired because of the fact that she has lived the Amish and "English" lifestyles. She even has police experience under her belt - 6 years as a Cleveland beat cop and 2 years as a homicide detectective. Seems like a perfect fit until the murder, so similar to the old killings -iIn fact the very MO.
John Tomasetti is the BCI Agent the town council has brought in. He is on the brink of losing his job. He knows this is his last chance and has a secret himself. He had gone rogue, but got a clean bill from his old police department before landing at the BCI. Together Tomasetti and Burkholder must face their inner demons to ferret out the killer even if their secrets destroy them.
Interesting plot and Linda Castillo knows how to build suspense. Her writing is easy and smart. My only regret is that I figured out who the killer was way before I believe Castillo wanted me too, and that is one of my pet peeves. But this won't stop me from reading more in the Kate Burkholder Series. ...more
A new series for Patterson and it is a fun read. A bit predictable and the reader does have to suspend disbelief in a few places for the plot to workA new series for Patterson and it is a fun read. A bit predictable and the reader does have to suspend disbelief in a few places for the plot to work as written, but it is highly entertaining....more
I really liked this novel a lot. And if I hadn't been sick this weekend, I would have finished it in 2 days. Jeffery Deaver has cre3.5 Stars
I really liked this novel a lot. And if I hadn't been sick this weekend, I would have finished it in 2 days. Jeffery Deaver has created a great new character - Corte - that I would really enjoy seeing again; maybe as sequel or a new series. He's a complicated guy who doesn't smile, takes his job seriously, and does what it takes to protect his charges. He's very secretive and loves board games, and he uses game strategy to outsmart the lifters and hitters that want to kill or extract information from his "sheep" or as he calls them his principals. They can be whistle blowers, valuable witnesses in a criminal case, anybody that his ultra secret government agency is asked to protect. There is always someone - the primary - who wants information from them or their elimination.
As always, there are delicious twists that only Deaver can deliver without stretching the reader's belief in the storyline. His pacing was good, the building of suspense was good, but it was the board game talk and talk that led me to deduct a half of a star. With less of the board game references it would have been a really good novel.
Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations-- the FBI and CIA among them--lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless "lifter" hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an "edge" on his victim--leverage--usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the "primary" caves under pressure.
The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a "shepherd." Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving--the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him--is also an opportunity to avenge his friend's death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving's every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler's seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving's return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point--as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge....more
I am a fan of the TV show Castle and I was disappointed with the novel.
Let's pretend that the fictional writer really authored Heat Wave, then my queI am a fan of the TV show Castle and I was disappointed with the novel.
Let's pretend that the fictional writer really authored Heat Wave, then my question is why he made Rook so inept and dumb? The other characters are thinly veiled to their television counters - almost caricatures of them. Really, the Roach squad? And Heat and Rook bedding right off?
The mystery was predictable, the writing and dialogue was so, so, and I'm glad it's finished. ...more
A good, fast, and entertaining read about a ship full of hashish, murder, and the attempt assassination of a Supreme Court Justice to keep th3.5 Stars
A good, fast, and entertaining read about a ship full of hashish, murder, and the attempt assassination of a Supreme Court Justice to keep the details of a rogue covert CIA op from becoming public. Dennis Masterson has no qualms in what he is doing and so be it if an innocent woman, a former cop, is put to death for a murder she did not commit. The Woodruff cert must be denied at ALL costs. He has the power to go to great lengths to keep the events of the China Sea buried and will bury ANYONE who gets in the way. Justice Moss, Brad Miller, Dana Cutler, and Ginny Skinner are as determined to get to the truth as Masterson is to bury it. Miller, Cutler, and Skinner brought down the former President after all.
As I said, Supreme Justice is fast-paced and very entertaining. The writing style is easy. The last twist of the novel blew me away! ...more
1987 - Nete Hermansen finally decides that she's had enough. She is good And she must destroy Curt Wad before he makes a national party of his twisted1987 - Nete Hermansen finally decides that she's had enough. She is good And she must destroy Curt Wad before he makes a national party of his twisted beliefs - the charismatic doctor believes that bad blood shouldn't be mixed with good blood. His Cause, the Purity Party, is simple: poor women, drug addicts/alcoholics, foreigners, prostitutes, and "feeble minded" women must not be allowed to procreate. These women he and his followers - prominent doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, judges, school matrons, and even priests/pastors - should undergo forced sterilizations and abortions for the greater good of Denmark. Besides Wad, five other people have destroyed her life and are deserving of her pure vengeance. The Purity Party cannot be allowed to exist.
2010 - Detective Carl Mørck and his quirky assistants - Assad and Rose - have a stack of new closed cases. But Carl has more than cold cases on his mind. New and startling developments have been discovered in the case that left his partner dead and his colleague, Hardy, paralyzed from the neck down. THE case that led him to Department Q. A former policeman has also dropped a cold case on Rose's desk that could implicate Carl in an old death. His buddy is clear - help him with vengeance on the man who threw acid on sister who ran a brothel or risk losing Department Q.
But the case that really piques his interest is that of another Madam who disappeared without a trace 30 years ago. Interestingly, several other people also disappeared within days of Rita Neilsen and there is a connection to Curt Wad and to his new political party, the Purity Party.
Jussi Adler-Olsen's themes are always dark. And that's why I like him. But this novel unlike his prior ones has stayed with me; I wanted to scream "how could this happen after the Nazis?" I felt bad for Nete. I wanted her to succeed in her life and plan. As usual, the mystery unfolds slowly with flashbacks to the 50s and 1987 intermingled with the 2010 present. But the story line needed it. It flows well. The mystery does build. The characters were well defined - this reader was thoroughly invested in each character and thusly their stories. A definite must read for Thriller > Mystery fans. ...more
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too l4.5 Stars
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too long by maybe 75 pages. The villain is cleverly thought up and his crimes are evil - preying on families of religious fanatics. Small communities of Faiths that don't trust outsiders or report crimes within their communities to the police; until a bottle is discovered with a note in it from 2 boys that have been kidnapped written in one of the two brothers own blood in Scotland. It sits in a police station's window for a few more years. The message has decayed to the point where most of the letters in the message is almost illegible. But the word - HELP - is very clear. They are being held in a boathouse somewhere in Denmark. But this was in 1996 and no record of any boys, let alone brothers, are found to indicate a crime of kidnapping can be found. Rose and Assad are obsessed with the message in the bottle, to the point that Rose falls ill and her twin sister, Ysra, has to take her place at Department Q. (The story line of Rose and Ysra is pretty cool, especially the twist that Jussi Adler-Olsen gives us readers.)
Carl Mørck isn't really interested in the case and leaves his associates to work on the note. He's interested in an old Arson case that may be related to recent fires that burned bodies have been found among the buildings ashes. He and his team work with Department A upstairs, especially when Assad finds a common denominator to all of the victims. By chance, Ysra finds a new development in the missing brothers case and Mørck finally becomes very interested in the old case. The brothers were very real and their kidnapper has struck again.
Carl also agrees to see a new shrink and he opens a new line of questioning regarding to when he, and Hardy were left for dead in the shooting that left Hardy a quadriplegic. Could it be Carl Mørck's fault? I think we have to wait until the next book for that answer.
Jussi Adler-Olsen continues to amaze me with his stories and villains - they keep getting better. His writing, suspense levels, and pacing is off the charts! ...more