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Hell to Pay
3.87
really liked it
its like

This guy walks in, like muscular and lean, head shaved, OJ grin, hard eyes. Moves loose and lithe, but quick like a cat. His athleticism is ap
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Nov 25, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
 
Cassidy's Girl
3.89
really liked it
It starts dark. No money, too much alcohol, too many fights, bad women, seedy neighborhood, drunken friends. After that, it gets worse.

Like noir ..you
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Apr 19, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.25
liked it
A good way to explore history. Ken Follett paints a vast drama on a large canvas, covering Europe, Asia and North America. The book describes the even ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
 
Enter a Murderer (Roderick Alleyn, #2)
3.85
liked it
First of all, Roderick Alleyn, what a great name for a detective. It wreaks of masculinity and sophistication, like rock hard muscle dressed in white ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
 
Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie, #1)
3.89
it was ok
Wow! Every cliche of the modern detective novel collected together in one book.

Aging, out of shape, worn out detective. Wants to hide from the world,
...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
 
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge, #1)
4.03
really liked it
Totally improbable, lots of action, likeable characters, despicable villains, a sense of humor and the right degree of tension throughout.

What's not
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Dec 09, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
Blunt Darts
3.78
really liked it
Tough guy, tough kid, tough breaks, a good plot, a good writer and a surprising ending combine to make a good story. Well worth investing some time an ...more
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
The James Deans (Moe Prager, #3)
3.97
really liked it
The thing that's different about Moe Prager is that you like the guy. No, I'm not just talking about respect, admiration, got a tough job to do, no, n ...more
Sep 03, 2015
Sep 03, 2015
 
White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Mystery, #1)
3.72
liked it
I thought the strength of this book was the northern Alaskan setting and the insights into the cultural adaptations of the native Inupiats to the encr ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
Carolina Skeletons
3.86
really liked it
Its like a story like many you have heard before, yet it needs to be repeated more, until we fully understand, it need not be repeated again.
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
 
The Case Files of Roderick Misely, Consultant
3.00
liked it
It took me a little while to get used to the narrators casual over the shoulder kind of story telling but once I fell into the rhythm of it I started ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
 
Gray Matter
3.58
it was ok
Some likable characters but an average and predictable story. Also, the technology references make it feel dated and implausible.
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
 
Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
4.12
it was ok
Two soldiers of opposite sex and different planets meet up on an alien world and fall madly in love for no apparant reason. The male lets just call hi ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Dickens on drugs, images piled on images, in the maze of words and images a story slowly unwinds, but ...it's worth the wait.
not set
Sep 10, 2011
 
Open Season (Joe Gunther #1)
3.73
liked it
Interesting small town background with an interesting protagonist. The story starts strong, but the side characters lack interest and the superman ave ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
 
The Moonstone
3.90
really liked it
A diamond is stolen in India. It has religious significance. It comes with a curse.

Later, back in England. A dying villainous old man leaves a diamond
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Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
 
The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story
3.78
really liked it
One of the great stories of golf was the life of Moe Norman. A Canadian who suffered a head injury as a child and who then exhibited autistic behaviou ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
 
Captive
4.50
liked it

There is a lot to like about this book. The language is crisp and clear, the grammar is impeccable, the story moves along at a good pace, the plot lin
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Sep 22, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
 
Acceptable Loss (William Monk, #17)
3.96
really liked it
If you like British mysteries, damp foggy nights, proper manners, class consciousness, creepy characters and plenty of moral dilemmas, then this is fo ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Mean Business on North Ganson Street
3.68
did not like it
Let's see besides the gratuitous violence there was ....? Hmmm, I guess that was about it.
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
Night Prey
3.76
it was ok
Probably every cliché contained in the serial killer sub genre is in this book. Large ugly, male, abnormally strong, psychotic killer preying on young ...more
May 2015
May 01, 2015
 
The Rock Hole
3.82
really liked it
Kinda like 'To Kill a Mockingbird', but a lot more like 'The Bottoms' by Joe R. Lansdale, a coming of age tale taking place in the South and in a diff ...more
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015
 
In the Shadow of the Glacier (Constable Molly Smith #1)
3.43
liked it
I thought the characters were a little flat, a little one dimensional and I wouldn't call it much of mystery. The story was more focused on the town a ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
The Convertible Hearse
3.46
liked it
Well 50's pulp, but you know it wasn't like they were all bad, in fact there was some good ones and I would list this series in the good column. The d ...more
Oct 12, 2015
Oct 12, 2015
 
Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)
3.78
liked it
There really wasn't much of a mystery here. What there was, was some pretty good characters and some interesting side stories. The real mysteries were ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Oct 31, 2015
 
The A Swing: The Alternative Approach to Great Golf
3.67
really liked it
The A stands for "Alternative Swing" and is really focused on the back swing. If you were ever taught how to make a reverse slicer's loop, taking the ...more
Aug 27, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
 
Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
4.01
really liked it
He's all intuition, likes his guys, but he's gruff, autocratic and keeps the good stuff to himself.

He likes his job, he appreciates a good meal. His
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Jun 07, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
Under a Raging Moon
3.70
liked it
**spoiler alert** There were a lot of things I liked about this book. It had good characters, good dialog and was well paced.

Ultimately however, I fe
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Dec 06, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
Washed Up
3.62
really liked it
The town seems a little seedy, a little gritty, like, it's past its prime, like the detective. The girl is attractive, well organized, very structured ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (Leo Waterman, #1)
3.78
really liked it
Dated but humorous and fun to read, including a great collection of characters.
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
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