The story begins with the chief prosecutor finding a body arranged over the seats of her boat with his briefcase by his side. It turns out to be a locThe story begins with the chief prosecutor finding a body arranged over the seats of her boat with his briefcase by his side. It turns out to be a local man, a journalist who's gone to London to make his mark. He may have been on the trail of a scandal involving an environmental group. Or he may have been blackmailing someone.
An outsider is brought in to work the case, but she soon discovers she needs someone with community ties and finds Detective Jimmy Perez.
Jimmy is taking a leave from the department due to mental problems. He's also looking after his dead lover's child while recovering from her violent death, a responsibility that keeps him sane. But he's gradually drawn into the case when locals seem to be involved.
Another murder, then another and Jimmy forgets his own tragedy to weave the facts together and unmask a killer.
Ruth is a forensic archaeologist. The dig she's working unexpectedly turns up the bones of a notorious childkiller from over a century ago. Her boss iRuth is a forensic archaeologist. The dig she's working unexpectedly turns up the bones of a notorious childkiller from over a century ago. Her boss is ecstatic when a TV show wants to do a program on Mother Hook, as the killer is known. Ruth isn't so thrilled but goes along.
Then three children are murdered in their home, with a sibling missing. The kidnapper, who may not be responsible for the deaths, seems to think the children are being neglected. Ruth, love for her own child making her particularly sensitive, works her way through the clues of this modern case while working through the clues that tell her Mother Hook was hanged for crimes she didn't commit.
Suspicious suicides bring the FBI into the picture when a senator's son is found dead, apparently by his own hand. Our heroine is assigned with her paSuspicious suicides bring the FBI into the picture when a senator's son is found dead, apparently by his own hand. Our heroine is assigned with her partner to investigate. Another agent, an IT specialist, discovers an online support group for people contemplating suicide.
While Lei and her partner investigate a few of the identifiable people in the group, the IT specialist infiltrates it by pretending to be thinking about suicide.
And all the while, Lei worries about her relationship with her boyfriend and her job at the FBI while tending to dogs and wandering around the beautiful islands.
A son (illegitimate) finds his mother's diary about meeting his father when she was a nurse in World War I. He secretly reads it and for some reason,A son (illegitimate) finds his mother's diary about meeting his father when she was a nurse in World War I. He secretly reads it and for some reason, becomes rather embittered toward her. He determines to find his birth father and find his real home in Greece and educates himself accordingly.
The first part of the book is devoted to his mother via her diary. She's a much more interesting character than the son.
When the son grows up, his tale of traveling to Greece and looking for his father isn't nearly so compelling.
A lot of rhapsodizing about Greece, its culture and landscape and people....more
Gives a good snapshot of the changing Soviet Union in the late eighties as the hero Kirov, a policeman, tries to investigate a murder.
The authoritiesGives a good snapshot of the changing Soviet Union in the late eighties as the hero Kirov, a policeman, tries to investigate a murder.
The authorities are preaching a new era of openness, but Kirov is skeptical. And for good reason. When the murder is tied to an old conspiracy -- the Great Jewish Antibiotics Ring -- Kirov begins to dig. And finds more than he's meant to discover. When he follows the evidence seeking who's responsible for the murder, threats and then attacks nearly kill him. Someone doesn't want the truth to come out.
But Kirov is dogged, reliving memories of his childhood and his dead father. He relies on his mentor, an aged comrade of his father, and his right-hand man to help him stay out of the coils of the various government agencies throwing obstacles in his way. All the while, knowing he can't trust even his own department despite the new mantra mouthed by his superiors....more
An American, Michael, is on a train in Germany going to meet an author he doesn't know. But he's very familiar with the bestselling story she's writteAn American, Michael, is on a train in Germany going to meet an author he doesn't know. But he's very familiar with the bestselling story she's written. It's a story no one outside family could know. He heard it as a child from his grandfather. His grandmother wrote it. She told it to his father, a Viet Nam soldier missing in action and considered a deserter by the government.
Not really believing the story has any connection to his father, he still wants to meet the woman who wrote it and find out where she heard it.
From here, we skip back in time to Viet Nam. As we learn about Michael's father and what happened to him, we learn about the story itself. It's a tale of broken girls that intertwines beautifully with the plight of the tiny girls sold into prostitution whom Michael's father comes upon.
The story veers between Michael's uncovering of his father's fate and his father's puzzling out how to keep the girls safe. Their families don't want them back (when he rescues one, the buyer takes his revenge upon the family) and he refuses to leave her to fend for herself.
I didn't expect this book to make such an impression on me. A brief unexplicit love scene between a nun and Michael's father was the one jarring note (it seemed out of place) in this tale of small girls sold by their own families and rescued by a compassionate soldier.
The end left me teary-eyed. And I'm a jaded reader whose emotions aren't easily manipulated.
Beautiful story. It's hard to let it go. I don't give five stars for books I've just read but this one calls for a reevaluation in a few years to see if it's as vivid in my mind then as it is now. ...more
I like Joe Abercrombie's fantasy a lot. His voice is strong, his action scenes are spellbinding, and his characters are memorable. Red Country bringsI like Joe Abercrombie's fantasy a lot. His voice is strong, his action scenes are spellbinding, and his characters are memorable. Red Country brings back an old favorite, Logan Nine Fingers.
He's lived several years on a quiet farm, keeping his personality so muted that the daughter of the farm--Shy--thinks he's as peaceful as the name she knows him by: Lamb. She's sure he's a coward.
Then her brother and sister are kidnapped by an unknown band and Lamb shows his true colors. He's the one who agrees they must go after the children, the one who makes the plans on how to follow the kidnappers, the one who--to Shy's disbelief and chagrin--takes charge.
As they follow the trail, she realizes Lamb isn't the man she grew up knowing. And it's a good thing, because without him, she'd never manage the harsh trek to a frontier town. Going past the town into the land of the people who stole her siblings will mean their deaths.
Woven in are Abercrombie's expected gibes at civilization and little tidbits of wisdom like: "The trouble with running is wherever you run to, there you are." Or: "Folk she'd known to be big on religion had tended to use it as an excuse for doing wrong rather'n a reason not to."
Maybe not as memorable as some of his others in the series, but still a great read.
I won this in a giveaway and I'm glad I did. It's a nice spy story that unfolds a bit at a time. In fact, it takes several chapters before I figure ouI won this in a giveaway and I'm glad I did. It's a nice spy story that unfolds a bit at a time. In fact, it takes several chapters before I figure out what's going on.
It seems the Swimmer (our unnamed spy who enjoys swimming--I have no idea why it's the title since swimming plays so tiny a role in the story) abandoned his infant daughter to her maternal grandparents after her mother was killed by a car bomb meant for him. The daughter seems to be the main character, but it takes a while to figure this out.
When the daughter is contacted by her ex-lover for help, she rushes to his aid. He's recovered something from a former comrade that is so hot the comrade is killed during the exchange. To her horror, he, too, is killed in front of her. But she gets the key to a locker where he's stashed...
You get the picture. As she flees, the bad people follow, and her father has to put it all together and save her, redeeming himself for abandoning her before. The last part moves quickly because every time we get to a climactic moment, the author cuts to another scene.
And there are a lot of scenes. We go into the heads of various people, skipping around in about three different time periods as well as landing in a lot of locations. Sometimes, it really gets confusing.
But overall, this is a nice read. If you like slow-moving philosophical spy stories, this one's for you. ...more
Tracy's sister Sarah disappeared twenty years earlier. A suspect was arrested and found guilty, but Tracy suspects the testimony of key witnesses is fTracy's sister Sarah disappeared twenty years earlier. A suspect was arrested and found guilty, but Tracy suspects the testimony of key witnesses is false. Those witnesses include her and Sarah's father as well as the sheriff.
When Sarah's remains are found, Tracy is now a homicide detective in Seattle. She's determined to get at the truth and knows this is her opportunity to reopen the case. In spite of warnings to leave it alone, in spite of the sheriff and townspeople wanting to let it go, in spite of her own fears, Tracy perseveres. She even finds a lawyer, an old friend, willing to take on an appeal for the murderer.
The story goes into a lot of background between Tracy and Sarah, and the flashbacks slow the pace considerably. But we keep reading because the evidence uncovered hints at one thing and then another. And when the truth comes out, in the middle of a blizzard and a revenge plot that threatens everyone involved...It's unputdownable.