I left Seattle over 40 years ago but the descriptions in this gripping story had me right back there; the weather, the ferries & buses, the historI left Seattle over 40 years ago but the descriptions in this gripping story had me right back there; the weather, the ferries & buses, the historic parts of town, the different outlying neighborhoods, the kinds of people you meet on the streets or socially. So, the setting was great for me.
What I also appreciated was the insight into the dying days of print newspapers, and the love a journalist could have for the rhythm of his days, the vibration of the massive presses, the jargon that goes back over a century, the passion and commitment it took to keep to deadline along with the production of really fine analyses of issues.
The mystery itself was really gripping and exciting. I really related to the protagonist and was not bothered by his name never having been mentioned. You are seeing it from his point of view, after all.
I thought his balancing act between his various love interests was handled extremely well, and believably. I have read some of his David Mapstone mysteries and really enjoyed them but this struck me as much more sophisticated and complex. I want to read everything he has written now (except his Seattle Times economics columns!)....more
I liked Prof Mapstone's historical frame of reference in all of his observations about human nature, politics, the land-grab around Phoenix, modern AmI liked Prof Mapstone's historical frame of reference in all of his observations about human nature, politics, the land-grab around Phoenix, modern America, his choice of reading matter, quotes that go through his head from historic personages, etc. Being an intellectual in a very philistine setting is this author's way of making Mapstone an outsider, the often necessary stance for an effective crime-solver. I appreciate how the relationship with his wife is portrayed, with so much respect and affection. The Southwest has a mystique that is communicated well in the author's descriptions, and that is what I liked best about the book, feeling like I have had a trip to Arizona's heat, long Indian past, Mexican food, and the endless open spaces full of cactus, buttes, washes, caves etc. I want to find and read the rest of the series now....more
This collection of snippets of short stories, letters home, memoirs, & diaries is a wonderful insight into the experience of the young AustraliansThis collection of snippets of short stories, letters home, memoirs, & diaries is a wonderful insight into the experience of the young Australians who went to war for Britain in the First World War.
The audio version produced by (Australian) ABC is excellent, the broad accent just right for evoking a sense of Australia as it was then, such a new country, having only been federated in 1901.
For new comers to Australia, like me, it is a helpful resource for deepening and enriching cultural literacy, and for Aussies it is a reminder of how earlier generations thought, believed and behaved.
It is a very worthwhile read (and listen), and because I got this through the public library I now want to find a copy for myself. It is worth revisiting, especially around Anzac Day each year when we honour those who fought at Gallipoli....more