Tomlinson is skilled at creating strong female characters, and Maggie de la Cruz and is one of his best. Determined, capable, experienFollow the Money
Tomlinson is skilled at creating strong female characters, and Maggie de la Cruz and is one of his best. Determined, capable, experienced, and hardheaded, she’ll do anything to bring down the darknet site that funds Jihad Nation. But playing the defector Kafka is child’s play compared with keeping the project alive. That involves ripping a strip off the CIA Director. A nice twisty plot full of bad guys and computer hacking and weaponry. HIGHLY recommended. ...more
In Maggie De la Cruz Max Tomlinson has created the perfect thriller heroine – smart, brave, and willing tThe Amazon, the Oil Companies, and Corruption
In Maggie De la Cruz Max Tomlinson has created the perfect thriller heroine – smart, brave, and willing to disobey orders if it gets the job done. Maggie is a forensic accountant with the CIA. In her first field operation, she’s part of a team trying to arrest the Ecuadorian oil minister for taking bribes from oil companies. The op goes south when the police don’t show up, and Maggie has to jump through a bay window into a swimming pool below. With her computer. Shortly afterwards, the minister is kidnapped by a group of eco-terrorists led by Cain. Maggie goes with the team to ransom him, and the result is a series of complexities, problems, and blunders. Tomlinson provides us with an authentic portrait of Latin America and of a terrorist group. A first-rate read. ...more
George Henry’s protagonist, Milo Marchetti, is a man of many parts, some of them contradictory. He’s the kind of guy who c Sex and Death in the Balkans
George Henry’s protagonist, Milo Marchetti, is a man of many parts, some of them contradictory. He’s the kind of guy who can’t resist saying something smartass to a man who’s holding a gun on him. He’s a former assassin for the Canadian secret service, the owner of The Blue Note, a jazz bar in Trieste, a jazz guitarist, a photographer, and a serial lover. He doesn’t care if he gets killed, which makes him all the more dangerous.
Always a contradictory man, he is a street brawler and a man knows music, art, and history. It’s often not easy to tell which bunch of Bad Guys is trying to kill him, because there are so many. He can take more damage to his body than anybody I’ve recently met. He holds himself together with scotch, oxycodone, and dexidrine, plus generous fistfuls of ibuprofen. Destroyed emotionally by the assassination of his wife and child in a car bombing in Kabul, he takes his comfort where he can find it. When the call girls he uses begin turning up dead directly after leaving him, he becomes a suspect in a series of brutal murders.
His life changes when a beautiful girl in green comes to his club and asks him to kill somebody for her. She’s the daughter of the head of an Indian crime family which has taken over in Trieste. Adara’s father hires Milo to be her bodyguard as she travels from one Balkans city to another, supposedly buying art for her gallery, but actually getting away from her family so that she could have a little non-good-Muslim-girl fun. It’s rather like hiring the fox to guard the hen house. Then Milo makes the suicidal mistake of falling in love with her.
Loving Adara but not able to have her, he falls into an affair with Milica a Serbian – or is it Bosnian? – chocolatier with a past and possibly no future.
As in any good thriller, nothing is ever what it seems. In Blood Rain in Trieste, that’s true to the second and third levels. Through cross, double cross and triple cross, Knox’s plot makes its convoluted way, scattering corpses as it goes. In the process, Milo learns that everything he thought he knew is false. Henry writes well. His descriptions are always fresh and often witty. He tells Milo’s story in a wry and cynical way as he observes the rotten world of Trieste. ...more
This is a hard book to review. There are at least two books in it, maybe more: the history of the Triads from 1644 to the end of WWII and the historyThis is a hard book to review. There are at least two books in it, maybe more: the history of the Triads from 1644 to the end of WWII and the history of the Triads to the present in Hong Kong principally, but also wherever there is an Overseas Chinese presence. The Chiang Kai-Shek period is probably the most important. All of the work is extremely detailed, far too detailed for anybody but a scholar, and I am doubtful of many of his conclusions. Still, if you're looking for the Triads, this is the place to go....more
Feng Chi-Sun is a Hong Kong pathologist. The fifteen stories he tells here are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for the dirty underbeFeng Chi-Sun is a Hong Kong pathologist. The fifteen stories he tells here are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for the dirty underbelly of Hong Kong society, this is the book to read. Feng’s style is a bit cliché ridden, but the stories always interesting and readable....more