"The Dinner" started with satirical social humor as two brothers and their wives dine at a posh restaurant. But the disturbing story gets psychologica"The Dinner" started with satirical social humor as two brothers and their wives dine at a posh restaurant. But the disturbing story gets psychologically darker and totally riveting as it moves on. What secrets is this unreliable narrator hiding? How far will the two couples go to protect their sons who are responsible for a terrible event? I couldn't put the book down!...more
Cal Weaver, a private investigator in upstate New York, is trying to find out who sold the Ecstasy to his son, Scott, before he fell to his death fromCal Weaver, a private investigator in upstate New York, is trying to find out who sold the Ecstasy to his son, Scott, before he fell to his death from a high roof. Cal and his wife, Donna, are so overcome with grief that they are barely talking to each other, wondering if they will ever be happy again.
"A middle-aged guy would have to be a total fool to pick up a teenage girl standing outside a bar with her thumb sticking out. Not that bright on her part, either, when you think about it. But right now, we're talking about my stupidity, not hers." Chapter One starts with Cal giving Claire a ride after she tells him that she was Scott's friend, hoping that she might have some information about Scott's drug dealer. Claire tells him she feels nauseous and runs into the restroom of a restaurant. After she comes out and they drive on, Cal realizes that a different girl, wearing a blond wig, is in the car with him. She insists on getting out of the car on a deserted road, and both girls are missing the next day.
The book has many twists and turns as Cal tries to find the two missing girls. He's also up against a small town police department, noted for its brutality and corruption. This is an engrossing thriller with a tangled web of dark characters. It also shows the depth of grief and anger that Cal Weaver feels over the death of his son, getting him into situations where he uses questionable judgment....more
"Night Film" is a mystery that goes off into a dark world of horror. Stanislas Cordova is a director (resembling Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and"Night Film" is a mystery that goes off into a dark world of horror. Stanislas Cordova is a director (resembling Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and Alfred Hitchcock) whose films have gone underground because they are too disturbing and might cause copycat events. He filmed on a secluded estate where there was hardly a line between acting and reality.
When Cordova's daughter, Ashley, is found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in New York City, journalist Scott McGrath investigates her death. Two younger people join McGrath in his search for the truth. He interviews sources who tell him about black magic, witchcraft, and curses associated with Ashley's life and the Cordova estate. McGrath's humorous remarks throw some lightness into the dark story. While many answers about Ashley are revealed, the mysterious Cordova still holds some secrets at the end of the book. We wonder what is truth, and what is part of the filmmaker's staged world.
The book contains pages of police reports, newspaper articles, and webpages that add to the contemporary feel of the book. Readers with smartphones or tablets can also download an app for an extra experience. Although it is a chunky 602 pages, the book was entertaining and kept my interest. ...more
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is stationed at Isle Royale in Lake Superior for the winter. The isolated Michigan island has been the site for a wolf study tPark Ranger Anna Pigeon is stationed at Isle Royale in Lake Superior for the winter. The isolated Michigan island has been the site for a wolf study team for fifty years. This year Homeland Security has sent out a representative to evaluate whether the park should be open to visitors in the winter, and the wolf study should be ended. The plan would be to send out security forces in the future since the island is so close to the Canadian border.
Giant wolf prints were found on the island. Then wolf scat shows DNA from a new family of wolves--but how did they get to the island? A member of the staff is found torn apart out in the woods. Anna becomes suspicious of the staff as she investigates the death.
The second half of the book is rather creepy since the wolf study staff is an odd group of characters, and Anna does not know who she can trust. In the sub-zero temperatures, every trip outside has the possibility of danger. It seemed like Anna was in one life-threatening situation after another. I especially enjoyed the author's descriptions of the outdoor world, including the Winter Study of wolves which really exists at Isle Royale....more