This book is based on actual events. The action is initially split between the wartime activity of Georg Heuser, who is new murder detective in BerlinThis book is based on actual events. The action is initially split between the wartime activity of Georg Heuser, who is new murder detective in Berlin assigned to assist the lead detective investigating the serial killer known as the S-Bahn murderer. He is a diligent worker, who plays things by the book, and wants to advance his career. Also, in the early 1960's he is the subject of a war crimes investigation and prosecution for his activities “processing” Jews in the Nazi-controlled East. The book shows the human cost on those who participated in the wartime atrocities and how they tried to cope with what they felt they had to do....more
I read a C.J. Box book a couple of months ago after hearing him interviewed on WAMC. I like it a lot, Badlands, and I picked this one up at a libraryI read a C.J. Box book a couple of months ago after hearing him interviewed on WAMC. I like it a lot, Badlands, and I picked this one up at a library book sale recently. The other book is not part of the Joe Pickett series. This is the first one the series that I have read, it is the seventh one, out of 16 now, and I'll be reading more. Although there were references in the book to past events that must have been the subject of previous entries in the series, I did not feel like I was missing anything by reading this book first, and the book was fully understandable despite not knowing the history of the characters.
Joe has been fired from his position as a State Game Warden, and is working as a foreman for a ranch, when the Governor offers to reinstate him if he agrees to investigate some murders that occurred in Yellowstone National Park. A lawyer had killed four employees of a franchise that operates the Park's hotels. One of the victims had sent an email to the Governor that implied that the State's revenues were in jeopardy. The lawyer got away with the murders because they occurred in a part of the park within the boundaries of Idaho, and due to a legal loophole, no criminal proceeding would be brought against him.
Joe's investigation pits him against the Park Service and the FBI, who resent his interference with their operations and second-guessing of the investigation that they conducted. And as he gets closer to the truth, more people start getting killed, and Joe and his family are in jeopardy.
This is high quality crime fiction. I was entranced and wanted to keep reading the book once the plot took off, after Joe gets to Yellowstone....more
The first book I've read by O'Nan, although I have seen his name often before. I enjoyed this book alot, so I expect to be reading more of his works sThe first book I've read by O'Nan, although I have seen his name often before. I enjoyed this book alot, so I expect to be reading more of his works soon. After the end of World War II, which he survived because of his skill fixing things, Brand ends up in Jerusalem, smuggled in by the Jewish resistance to British rule, with a new name (Jussi), and a role in the fight against the Mandate, with the Haganah. He is haunted by what happened to him in the camps, and the loss of his entire family. He is given a taxi to drive, and his role with the resistance is as a driver. He loves Eva, a former actress, who was also scarred by the war, and who is supporting the resistance by working as a prostitute, to compromise prominent men and learn their secrets. When the Haganah and the Irgun join their efforts, Brand takes a more active role in their efforts, bombing strategic spots and stealing a large payroll from a train. The book seems to be historically accurate, using and mentioning actual events, and includes frequent mentions of the movies that were playing and the music that was popular then, which I enjoy. ...more
A cop in Oakland CA (Robert) meets, falls in love with and marries a Vietnamese woman (Hong, but he calls her Suzy) who came to the U.S. as a refugeeA cop in Oakland CA (Robert) meets, falls in love with and marries a Vietnamese woman (Hong, but he calls her Suzy) who came to the U.S. as a refugee after the end of the war. Her husband in Vietnam fought against the North, and he was sent to a reeducation camp for two years and came home sick. He wanted his wife and young daughter to leave the country without him because he is sick with a terminal illness. Suzy is a very troubled woman, who eventually leaves Robert and ends up in Vegas married to another refugee from Vietnam (Sonny). But, that relationship is difficult too, and Suzy ends up leaving Sonny, who then coerces Robert to help him try to locate her and get her back. Robert still has strong feelings for Suzy, and wants to help her escape Sonny, which is his real priority. This is a bare bones outline of the plot, but there is plenty of depth to the story and the characters. We get Suzy's back story from her own writing, in the form of letters to her daughter, where she tells the story of her life in Vietnam, and in the refugee camp she and her daughter lived in after a difficult voyage by boat to flee Vietnam. This is where she first met Sonny. The mood is dark and noirish, and Suzy's story is heartbreaking. Her relationship with Robert was loving but distant, and he learns many of her secrets during the course of his efforts to find her in Vegas. I greatly enjoyed the book. I read it quickly and enjoyed it throughout. It's not without faults, but overall it was well worth the read. I highly recommend it....more
McBride tells the story of the life of James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, mostly in separate interviews of people who knew him. His first wife, his mMcBride tells the story of the life of James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, mostly in separate interviews of people who knew him. His first wife, his manager, his band's musical director, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others. Brown is painted as a very difficult and private person, who was also very lonely. He drafted a will toward the end of his life, where he left the bulk of his estate to help pay for the education of children in the part of South Carolina, near the Georgia border, where he grew up and lived. But, the will was challenged by his children, and his estate has been tied up in the courts since his death in 2006. I read McBride's last book, The Good Lord Bird, a novel, which was one of my favorite books from the last couple of years. This is quite enjoyable too. ...more
This post-apocalyptic novel deserves all the praise and awards it has received. On the day that a virulent flu hits Toronto, a well known, popular actThis post-apocalyptic novel deserves all the praise and awards it has received. On the day that a virulent flu hits Toronto, a well known, popular actor dies of a heart attack during a performance of King Lear. The book focusses on him and several others who were connected to him throughout his life. The action takes place 20 years after the flu has killed most humans and also flashes back often to events prior to then. I really enjoyed the tone of this book. The writing is superb and with a style that is very plain and matter of fact. The characters are mostly likeable. The story makes you think about the way we are living in current times and what is most important....more