Pronto is the book that introduces Raylan Givens from the TV series, Justified. It's a great mob versus the 'good guy' story. Raylan tends to do every...morePronto is the book that introduces Raylan Givens from the TV series, Justified. It's a great mob versus the 'good guy' story. Raylan tends to do everything 'his way' and on his own moral judgments. When a bookie, Harry, is set -up by the Feds to draw in more bad guys, Raylan decides that 'fair is not fair' here. Raylan goes off to Italy to 'bring back' the bookie, and to save him from a mob hit.
The character descriptions are marvelous, and Raylan's 'biography' is apply drawn throughout the story as he gets to know Harry's girlfriend---soon to be Raylan's girlfriend. The bad guys range from those looking for any little excuse to kill people, to the big talkers who wimp out when the action calls for gunfire.
Scenes in Italy are interspersed with stories of the poet, Ezra Pound. Beauty for one person becomes boredom and confusion for others. Like all great 'bad versus good' hero stories, the good guys win in the end!! If you like the TV series, this is a must read for you!!!(less)
This is the tenth Joe Gray, the talking cat , murder mystery. I loved the first one in this series, and definitely want to read more. But I broke a ca...moreThis is the tenth Joe Gray, the talking cat , murder mystery. I loved the first one in this series, and definitely want to read more. But I broke a cardinal rule for myself with this book choice. This is the tenth book in this series, but the second one that I read. So unfortunately for me, I felt that a lot of character's introductions and action had happened in the previous books that was referred to in this book, but I was not completely in the loop for this story. Probably for that reason alone, I gave this book 3 stars. Could I have enjoyed it more if I had read them in order? Well, since I liked the first book so much, I'm going to give this book the benefit of the doubt.
The mystery involves the murder of an elderly beloved movie star, and the additional finding of buried children's bones. Once again the antics of the feline "talkers" found clues that they relayed to the police by phone as 'unknown snitches' which lead to finding clues to these intertwined murders. There was also a precocious 12 year old girl that added much heart, intrigue, and thrills to this particular Joe Gray mystery.
I will definitely read more Joe Gray mysteries, starting with the second one---CAT UNDER FIRE. These are definitely unusual, but compelling 'cats' tales!!(less)
I'm not usually a big fan of books that require a good deal of suspension of belief, but I found Joe Gray , the cat, to be an exception to that reason...moreI'm not usually a big fan of books that require a good deal of suspension of belief, but I found Joe Gray , the cat, to be an exception to that reasoning within this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the 'unbelief', the complete knowledge of cat behaviors, and an interesting and believable mystery.
Joe Gray has lived a purrrrrfectly splendid life after coming to live with Clyde, who found him almost dead on the streets of Molena Point. Then one day, Joe realized that he could talk and read like a human. This was a bit scary, but came in very handy after he witnessed a murder, and the murderer decided that the pesky cat needed to die too. Dulcie, the pretty little girl cat down the block has a similar story, but she also likes snatching beautiful, silky, soft things from the neighbors. The murderer is after her too.
The mystery involves fancy cars, lots of money and adulterous affairs. Joe and Dulcie use their uniquely cat skills, interestingly combined with some human traits, to make this an excellent cozy cat mystery. This first in a series, is followed up by many more Joe Gray mysteries, so the fun and mysteries, hopefully, just keep coming!(less)
A KISS BEFORE DYING is an Edgar Award Winning classic mystery that, arguably, was the beginning of the modern psychological mystery thriller. This is...moreA KISS BEFORE DYING is an Edgar Award Winning classic mystery that, arguably, was the beginning of the modern psychological mystery thriller. This is a classic tale of murder for money, but it's the brazenness of the criminal that becomes the shocker.
Young handsome college student meets beautiful young coed. They plan to marry, but for all the wrong reasons. Our handsome hero is anything but the hero. We get to experience all of his thinking as he plans out his wonderful life that just need lots of money to be complete. Coming from a very poor background, what better way to use his brains and good looks, than to find the perfect rich wife. Only when complications arise, maybe she needs to die. Maybe this happens one too many times!!
The build up of the plot through the killer's mind is done beautifully in this book. His "out there" reasoning is followed through from beginning to end in a book that constantly makes the reader want to warn the characters of impending danger throughout the story. Suspense is built to a tingling point more than once in this masterful psychological suspense. Many of Ira Levin's books were made into movies, but the book never reads like a movie script. Must read for anyone thinking of writing psychological suspense. (less)