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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
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A satisfying John Rebus mystery. Like Walter Mosley, Ian Rankin tried to bid good-bye to a beloved character, but the public wouldn't stand for it. I wondered if having to return to Rebus after a foray into wealthy art thieves (bor-ing) would be frus ...more
All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley
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A satisfying detective story about Mosley's latest flawed hero (is there any detective story these days in which the hero isn't flawed?).

Here is a list of challenges Leonid McGill has to deal with before the last page: the Communist father who aband
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The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall
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For my money, this was one of the most satisfying Martin Beck mysteries. The Swedish co-authors Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö write about the life of a Stockholm police detective and his colleagues. In this episode they are stymied by a fire that kills ...more
My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård
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In the second of the six-part novel about his life, Knausgaard writes about moving to Sweden from Norway and about starting a family. His details are selective and yet it seems he leaves nothing out. The approach can be hypnotic.

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Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall
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The authors posit a Sweden rife with corruption and wealthy criminals operating just a hair within the law. You end up feeling sorry for the perp, who guns down a rich creep giving a speech in a hotel in Malmo and leads detectives on several wild goo ...more
Original Death by Eliot Pattison
Original Death: A Mystery of Colonial America
by Eliot Pattison (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Although I don't know much about the French and Indian Wars (or about China's incursion into Tibet, for that matter), Eliot Pattison seems to have the history at his fingertips, whichever one he is writing about in his mysteries. Both of his series f ...more
My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård
My Struggle: Book 1
by Karl Ove Knausgård
read in August, 2014
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This young Norwegian author calls his book a novel, but it is the story of his life, in particular of his relationship with a mean and troubled father that he sometimes loved anyway (Book 1). Knausgaard recounts experiences noting every detail that s ...more
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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McCann is a poetic and inventive writer, but this book didn't do it for me. "Let the Great World Spin" pulled all the diverse threads together in a satisfying way. This novel didn't. The long last section was poetic, but it focused on an uninterestin ...more
Days Gone By by James J. Hackett
Days Gone By
by James J. Hackett
read in January, 2014
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The book is a collection of stories by an Irishman who knows his history, yarns, and literature backwards and forwards. It is written exactly the way he speaks, and no copy editor wanted to change his delightful voice. Although the book is apparently ...more
The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall
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Good but not great. One keeps turning the pages even though the mystery is not very mysterious and our hero, Martin Beck, doesn't play as much of a role as usual. The focus is on police brutality, which is pretty unpleasant to read about. The police ...more
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