I was hesitant about reading Talk Talk. I had read Drop City previously, which I didn't like. However, I was give...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I was hesitant about reading Talk Talk. I had read Drop City previously, which I didn't like. However, I was given this book for my birthday. Plus, I had heard about this Deaf character and T.C. Boyle's visit to Gallaudet University.
I have to say that I enjoyed reading Talk Talk. I enjoyed all of it except the ending, which was unexpected. The ending could make readers like or hate this book. I just finished reading it yesterday and I'm still deciding whether I liked it or not. All because of the ending.
Talk Talk centers around Dana and identity theft. Dana Halter is Deaf and teaches at a Deaf residential school in California. She's late for a dental appointment. She speeds on the road with the hope to get to the dentist on time. She gets pulled over for the old song and dance with the cop. However, it turns out differently than she expected because she gets arrested.
In jail, she learns that she is a victim of identity theft. With the help of her boyfriend, Bridger Martin, she sets out to capture the person who stole her identity.
Talk Talk is fast-paced and provides different perspectives from each character in each scenarios, which makes the book interesting. As a Deaf person myself, I found myself laughing and groaning with some of the situations that Dana found herself in. I have to applaud T.C. Boyle as he did a pretty good job with his research in regards to Dana.
Now, about the ending, I'm still debating on that one... (less)
I bought this book because it's a mystery. Of course, I was thinking mystery like Jessica Fletcher or Michael Nav...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I bought this book because it's a mystery. Of course, I was thinking mystery like Jessica Fletcher or Michael Nava's Henry Rios. It was nothing like that. Of course, I do realize that one doesn't need to be a P.I. or an investigative lawyer to solve mysteries. That's what made this book enjoyable.
Derek flew in from San Francisco to Charlotte, NC, for Aunt Walterine's funeral. It's been 8 years since he's been in Charlotte. He was banished from his well-to-do family, after he came out, by his mother, whom he coined Gladys the [...].
Well, grief wasn't the only thing in store for Derek's return. He ran into his cousin, Mark, whom he had his first experience. Mark claimed to be a family man but can't keep his hands off of Derek. Derek bumped into Daniel, whom he went out for a drink and had a small conversation. It turned out that Daniel was a reporter and he published the information from Derek. The information is hurting his Uncle Vernon's campaign for a political office. To some family members, Derek couldn't have come at such a wrong time.
Meanwhile, Derek has uncovered a secret when he came across Aunt Walterine's diaries. A former gardner of the family was lynched. Derek is determined to find out who was involved and why. In his investigation, Derek doesn't just uncover a secret but secrets. Just how many secrets are in the family's closet, that's for you to read and find out.
Greg Lilly certainly made the characters as Southern and lively as they can be. It sure made me miss North Carolina as my partner is from there.
I couldn't not put down this book to read another day. I read about halfway. I put it down to watch a TV show before retiring for the night. Not even 10 minutes passed by that I turned off the TV and resumed reading. Yeah, I went to bed late but it was worth it.(less)
This is my third or fourth Henry Rios book. So far, I enjoy reading them.
Henry Rios is a gay Hispanic lawyer who is a recovering alcoholic. Not too long after burying his lover, Josh, from AIDS, Henry finds himself as a suspect of a murder. The victim was a hustler that Henry spent the night and had a brief spat before they went their own ways. A few hours later, the hustler is found dead.
Henry is cleared as a suspect after 2 more gay men are found murdered. Of course, Henry cannot ignore a pattern he detects among the murders. His investigation leads him to some interesting characters. A possibly corrupt homicide detective and a band of vigilantes. An overzealous magazine reporter. A movie studio head honcho and his assistant. Closeted men. A runaway brother of a murdered victim. A lesbian assistant of the hate crime task force.
Henry is so confident that certain people are responsible for these murders. However, he is reminded by the police and colleagues that there is not enough evidence to arrest them. Those who are behind these murders seem to be one step ahead of Henry.
It can be a frustrating book for some readers as it seems that Henry will never get justice. Fortunately, miracles do happen. When compelling evidence starts to appear, the case becomes so large that it's equivalent to the O.J. Simpson's case. (less)
Ever since *A is for Alibi*, I've been hooked to the Kinsey Millhone series. Therefore, Sue Grafton became one of...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Ever since *A is for Alibi*, I've been hooked to the Kinsey Millhone series. Therefore, Sue Grafton became one of my favorite authors. Throughout the series, some were great and some were not so great. Nonetheless, I was extremely excited to get the paperback edition of *S is for Silence*. I read this book every opportunity I could take advantage of.
It's 1987. Kinsey has been hired by Daisy Sullivan to find out whatever happened to her mother, Violet, who disappeared on 4th of July 1953.
4th of July 1953, Violet is getting herself ready for the festive night. In walks Liza Mellincamp, who has been hired to babysit Violet's 7 year old daughter, Daisy. Liza is in awe of Violet. Violet is ready and takes off with her new Pomeranian puppy, Baby, in her brand-new Bel Aire. She was never seen after this day.
34 years later, Daisy wants closure. She wants to know why if her mother left on her own volition. Kinsey returns to the little town where Violet lived before she disappeared. Just about 90% of the people who were there in '53 are still living there. Piece of cake, eh? Not quite so. However, Kinsey has been able to piece together the last days of Violet before she disappeared.
It was no secret that Violet was a flirt. Married men didn't stop her. It was also not a secret that she won a $50,000 lawsuit settlement. She wasn't afraid to brag about it.
The question is did she disappear on her own or was she killed? If she took off on her own, why? Was there a serious lover? If she was murdered, there are no shortage of suspects. Was it her abusive, now recovering alcoholic, husband? Was it the young salesman who sold her that car and was later fired? Was it one of the married men that she had an affair with and abruptly stopped the liasion? Was it one of the women, disgusted by Violet's absence of moral standards?
The book "toggles" between Kinsey's present time (1987), in one chapter, and the characters in 1953. *S* was an interesting change of routine. In the other series, she usually includes Henry, her landlord, Rosie, owner of a restaurant, and some lover. In *S*, they're barely mentioned. So, it was nice to see Kinsey interact more with her client and the people she interviewed.
Overall, a good book that I couldn't put down. Now, I'm just sad because I gotta wait forever before T comes out. Sue, hurry!(less)
Patricia Cornwell remains to be one of my favorite authors. However, lately, I have not been impressed with the K...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Patricia Cornwell remains to be one of my favorite authors. However, lately, I have not been impressed with the Kay Scarpetta series. I wasn't thrilled about this whole "werewolf" serial killer storyline. Despite the bad reviews in Amazon.com on Predator, I was thrilled to learned that there would be no mentions of the werewolf.
I thought Predator was a fresh change. However, it is not without faults. First of all, Pete Marino...ugh! He needs to go. I've never liked him. He's just rude and brash. I hope that Cornwell will kill him off without any chance of resurrecting him like she did with Benton. Lucy is also getting to be a PITA. She's a good character but she's withdrawing to the point where nothing is shared about her. And that is getting boring. She's been like that the past 3 or 4 books.
The story starts out interesting. However, in the last 1/4 of the book, the story starts to become a bit complicated where I had to go back and re-read a couple of chapters twice.
Here's what's going on:
Kay, Lucy and Pete are in Florida, working for the National Forensic Academy. The NFA was founded by Lucy. They currently have an intern, Joe Amos, that no one can tolerate, especially Scarpetta. However, unline Marino, she remains professional.
Benton Wesley is up in Massachusetts, studying and testing the brain patterns of violent perpetrators. (He avoids the term "serial killer".) One of his patients is Basil Jenrette.
There's a series of murders in southern Florida that seem to echo Basil's previous murders. Therefore, all the characters are working together on these cases. Meanwhile, Lucy is contemplating her one-night stand with Stevie. Plus, she has a health issue to worry about. Marino chews out just about everyone, especially with a local police detective, Reba. Benton and Kay are on the rocks about their relationship.
Bottom line, this isn't one of the impressive works by Cornwell. So, yeah, I was disappointed, especially how the story ended. (less)
This is the first Benjamin Justice book I've read. I have to say that I really liked it, next to Michael Nava's H...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
This is the first Benjamin Justice book I've read. I have to say that I really liked it, next to Michael Nava's Henry Rios.
At a party filled with directors, actors, screenwriters and other wannabes, Raymond Farr, a.k.a Reza JaFari, an Iranian actor, is found murdered.
Disgraced gay reporter, Justice, has been offered an opportunity to assist Alexandra Templeton in an article regarding the situation. Strapped for cash, Justice has no choice but to participate.
Homophobic detective, Claude DeWinter, strongly believes that Raymond's roommate, Danny Romero, is the murderer. Perhaps against his better judgment, Justice falls hard for Danny. Just one problem...Danny is HIV-positive. However, so was Justice's deceased lover, Jacques. It seems that Justice is reliving and amending his past through Danny.
Meanwhile, Justice has to help finish this article in time. However, the Hollywood people, especially the bigwigs, are giving Justice the runaround by giving him half-truths and lies. Justice has no choice but to ask blunt questions and to trap his interviewees in compromising situations in order to get the answers he need. Justice may be a disgraced reporter but he sure does know the art of reporting.
This book was interesting as it was filled with titles and synopses of old, classic movies. This book was hot in terms of gay sex. Wilson doesn't hold back with sordid details of Justice's sexual encounters with some of the suspects. Whooo...hot!
*Revision of Justice* was a good read that not only focused on solving the murder but also on Justice's personal issues on making amends with his past.(less)
This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-writes with other authors. However, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With *The Beach House*, I found it to be interesting how fast you can read through a book with small chapters. It turned out not to be such a bad idea.
Peter Mullen is found dead at the beach in the Hamptons. The officials in the town are calling it a suicide. However, Jack, the older brother who is studying law, believes it was murder. One, Peter was an expert swimmer and knew the "laws" of the ocean. Two, when Jack saw Peter's body, he was covered in bruises. Three, a competent coroner who did the autopsy confirmed that Peter did not drown.
However, none of the officials agree with Jack and still claim that Peter had committed suicide. Meanwhile, Jack gradually builds up a team of people who agree with the fact that Peter was murdered. Of course, the tide turns and everyone starts to say that Peter suicided. Just who or what has made these people changed their minds?
Jack and a few people (his grandfather, his new girlfriend...) seem to be losing the battle. All seems lost when the court rules Peter's death as suicide. That is when Jack and his people become desperate. They hold their own televised court when they come across some incriminating evidence.
Do the rich really buy their way out of crime? Can they buy "facts" or have them altered and get away with it? Do the rich really control the courts? Jack and his people are rich but they aren't poor. Can they be bought out?
The question is which ruling will the general public and the courts uphold? The original court's ruling or the "kangaroo" court's ruling?
*The Beach House* is an interesting story about how the court and the rich cornering a man when he'll have no choice but to fight back like a feral animal. And when he does, all hell breaks loose.(less)