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Trick of the Dark
The last four sentences are worthy of Alfred Hitchcock.

This is a dense book, if I can use that term. Four hundred pages of a tightly written plot, eve
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
From Gods to God: How the Bible Debunked, Suppressed, or Changed Ancient Myths and Legends
Fascinating book. These authors are clearly authorities in the subject matter and love to solve mysteries buried in Jewish biblical writings. The refe ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
Confessions of a Surgeon
I don't know quite what to make of this book. It has more polemics and political commentary than I expected, and the author seems to take 3 pages to e ...more
Mar 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Helsinki White (Inspector Kari Vaara, #3)
Disappointing. I expect a detective novel to take me on a trail of discovery rather than a mish-mash of events that don't really seem to tie together, ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
This book is not amazing; it is horrific. It is the story of a man (Shin Dong-hyuk) who was born in a prison camp and sentenced to live out his life t ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
Silence of the Grave (Inspector Erlendur #4)
A worthy second novel/mystery. From the opening line: He knew at once it was a human bone; to the closing line, takes the reader on quite a ride. He a ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #1)
Okay read, if you like a familiar plot: serial killer is on the loose, thick-headed police don't connect the dots, protagonist pursues the serial kill ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives
I find this collection of short histories horrifying, enlightening, and uplifting. These are excerpts of histories of slaves who made it to Northern f ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
I think I had just finished chapter 3 when Jerry Sandusky was sentenced. I read about the tape he released before the sentencing, and what he had to s ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #3)
Okay read if you are slugabed with illness, bored with TV, and need something mildly stimulating. The story takes place in northern Europe. If you are ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21)
If you like Sue Grafton, this is definitely one of her better books. It is written is three voices, obviously with Kinsey taking up most of the story ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #4)
Interesting. I never thought that the use of an inner voice could be so well personalized as someone other than the character himself, or herself, as ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
Definitely a fascinating, funny, and encouraging book. At the time of writing, Mark has had 4 psychotic breaks. Three came close together, in his twen ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser, #40)
This is the first Parker book in a while that I enjoyed and actually finished. It is reminiscent of Parker's earlier books, focused on the problem at ...more
May 25, 2012
May 27, 2012
The Black Box (Harry Bosch, #18)
Better than his last book (this one doesn't include Irvin Irving for example), and he managed to stick pretty much to the story line. His relationship ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
Snake: "Fucking things up takes only a few minutes. Making things right, now, that's a lifetime job."

Lassiter did the former, now he is trying to do t
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II
fascinating read, and a very moving one, about a very courageous man. The author focuses on two primary areas of his life, combat and capture in North ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi
Towards the end of the book, there is this memorable statement from a psychiatrist: "...massive numbers of people in Karachi were suffering from post- ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Past Reason Hated (Inspector Banks, #5)
This is my first Inspector Banks mystery. This is much better writing than many recent mysteries I have read. For example, within the first 9 pages, t ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
Fascinating. I have read a number of books and articles over the years that have attempted to explain Easter Island. This is by far the most complete ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22)
Again, multiple POVs that give some depth the characters, so the book is more like a novel that happens to be a mystery. One of Grafton's better books ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
Interesting book, well researched and reasonably structured. It is actually two stories, closely intertwined. One thread is the story of Sam Stone, gr ...more
May 17, 2012
May 19, 2012
Another excellent crime novel from Denise Mina. This is told via the protagonist's diary, so it is, at least for me, a little difficult to follow beca ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Drop (Harry Bosch, #17)
I too am a sucker for Harry Bosch books. Good police procedural but so-so plotting. Two completely separate cases, one a potential suicide, the other ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Feast Day of Fools (Hackberry Holland, #3)
Not one of his better books. The cast of characters seems unlikely for the location, (a Russian gangster who runs a game farm?) and Jack Collins reapp ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Garnethill (Garnethill #1)
From the opening page: "Eight long months of emotional turmoil had passed as suddenly as a fart."

I first read this novel about 12 years ago. I didn't
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Impossible Dead
Another great crime novel featuring Malcolm Fox and the Complaints (Internal Affairs) division, the second Malcom Fox novel. Paul Carter is a disgrace ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
Blood Brother (Carson Ryder, #4)
I have enjoyed most of Kerley's books, and this is no exception.

Carson Ryder is tapped to go to New York to help find a killer whose calling card is n
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
The word "evil" is a label we attach to people who do bad things. That doesn't mean we really understand what is going on. The author is quite specifi ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers
Interesting but disappointing in many ways. I was hoping for some more insight along the lines of "The Science of Evil", but not so far. I'm about 2/3 ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
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