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The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson
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OK, it starts out a very compelling straightforward story of a lone "repairman" who like many a star of this genre in the past, just as Travis McGee by John McDonald, or Jack Reacher by Lee Child, and others, solves problems for people that "regular" ...more
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A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
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I choose this of Peter's books to review because I read it last and the plot is more familiar to me. Aside from it being a good thriller, with a compelling story--a true page-turner--it also has certain qualities that raise it up above a pure genre e ...more
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Spandau Phoenix by Greg Iles
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He's a pretty extraordinary writer. This was his first book, and it's the book of a master, you think. And there are so many more. And what's interesting is that he changes genre, or perhaps rather, motif. After writing this book and his next, Black ...more
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The Buzzing by Jim Knipfel
The Buzzing
by Jim Knipfel
read in January, 2008
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This is a little scary. Jim Knipfel is an amazing writer. He's written about kooky things in a weekly column (now finished) in NY Press, for several years, and the protagonist in this first novel of his is a grizzled newspaperman who works the "kook ...more
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Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
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I was so happy to get the latest from Lee. I gobbled it up in a day. The journey from Hope to Despair, two fictional towns in Colorado, to work out the intrigue of this book Jack Reacher traveled between them at least a dozen times. His brilliant ded ...more
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A Time to Fight by James Webb
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It is rare and satisfying to read a book by a member of the U.S. Senate that bespeaks an enormous intelligence, diplomacy and directness, befitting a gentleman with no ax to grind, and which teaches so profoundly subject matter based on long experien ...more
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Poor People by William T. Vollmann
Poor People
by William T. Vollmann
read in May, 2008
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As William Vollmann lets us know in a short passage in this book, he is aware of the reputation he has for being a difficult read. I've always found some of his work impenetrable. But I was intrigued by his carrying on with his style, knowing many pe ...more
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Prince Ombra by Roderick MacLeish
Prince Ombra
by Roderick MacLeish
read in August, 1987
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I've read this book probably three times. I still have it, might well read it again.

Nothing like it.

Kids communicating in ways you only dream is possible, or might hardly not remember. Sub-verbal. With genius.

Great drama. Life-defying twists. A real
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Candy by Terry Southern
Candy
by Terry Southern
read in March, 2008
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This book gives one a quite sober look at the sexual mores of our times, and at the same time is a ridiculous romp of sexual improbability throughout the towns of Racine, Wisconsin, New York City, a mining town in Minnesota, somewhere in India, and L ...more
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Sunset Express by Robert Crais
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Because of the genre I can't give this more than four stars, but it's an excellent rapidly unfolding tale in which ultimate justice is anticipated, the hero detectives face a lot of difficulty going towards that end, but you read as fast as you can b ...more
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