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I've always found Reacher to be a far fetched character, but I bought a couple of books when I saw the preview for the upcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. In the novels, Reacher is 6'5" and 250 pounds. Cruise is 5'6 and 160,
This is a really good story with a well thought out mystery. I was guessing till the end and found the story believable and gripping. The reader was awesome as well.
What I find difficult is accepting the hero as believable. He's way to smart, savvy, proficient, sexy, relational....especially for a mysterious drifter. Yet with all that said, this book is enjoyable.
This is second Farrell and Kearn novel and the plot is a continuation of the first installment. A year has gone by since retired cop Farrell duped young deputy Kearn into joining him on an illegal, nationwide manhunt for a serial child killer. While all of their crimes were wiped clean after that affair, they still have a bad reputation with Bay Area police forces.
A powerful retired judge hires the pair as body guards for his daughter after she is attacked and nearly killed by a stranger. The judge had read their files and knew the two heroes were better equipped to protect and pursue the unknown, deadly adversary.
This is another fast read with plenty of action, violence and tragedy. However, it lacks the wonderful humor of its predecessor and it ends abruptly.
Jeff Harding is awesome once again.
I'm often critical and turned off when an author's main detective character goes rogue. But Lynch creates a believable scenario where his retired cop had special knowledge of who the killer was from his tour in Vietnam 20 years earlier. The Iowa police are stymied because they have no knowledge of who the killer is and how to find him. All they know is out of nowhere a man abducted an 8 year old girl in front of 20 witnesses and shot and killed her teacher.
There's so much more, including humorous run ins with an overbearing, tactless FBI agent who is repeatedly thwarted from getting involved in the case. Suffice to say there is good reason why the police and FBI cannot be the best chance of finding te killer.
Jeff Harding seems new to me as a narrator. I should have researched him in my library before this writing. He delivers an outstanding performance, one of the best I've encountered.
Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat from the opening chapter on this one.
The first couple of chapters find detective Shane Scully in a humorous, if not embarrassing predicament with a funny homeless guy. I loved the awkward angle and felt sure I'd found a winner. But suddenly Shane's wife suspiciously disappears and that's exactly where I got off the bus.
A seasoned detective, Scully immediately disrupts any hope of a good police investigation, making the lead detectives chase him instead of the case. Cannell is banking on fans of Scully as a super hero to believe only Scully can find his wife. So the detective throws all procedures aside, breaks the law numerous times himself to show up his inferior cop peers. I'm sure there's some redeeming value past the first 10 chapters, but I didn't care to stick around.
Scott Brick does a great job. As the title implies, there is a beautiful white woman at the center of the mystery. She talks rap and plays herself off as a black ghetto girl, and it constantly grated on my nerves.
Bruce Cameron has combined remarkable wit with uncanny dialogue to create one of the best new heroes and most fun novels ever. I loved every character, every scene every moment of this book. Narrator George Wilson's performance and timing is flawless here. I'd put him in the top 5 narrators.
Ruddi McCann, ex football star, ex con turned repo man has a peculiar problem. He hears voices. I'd go further, but it would spoil too much of the story.
In some ways he is a combination of Jack Reacher and one of Carl Hiasson's quick witted stars who is surrounded by a bizarre set of characters in an even more bizarre set of circumstances. I laughed and smiled through the one day it took to finish the book
I'd put this book up on the same level as Big Little Lies, and that should be enough said.
This is a great mystery for a legal thriller with just a few minor flaws. It features a great main character with a great storyline.
I wish more had been exposed about the defendant. His personality was never revealed and his character wasn't developed at all. And the abrupt and overdone ending was a tad disappointing as well. Still, the conflict of a returning exD.A. to defend a client against his protege and the police force he'd worked with for years is a new angle for me.
Patrick Cullen was outstanding, he is responsible for taking my rating from 3 to 4 stars.
Though Freedmans works are older, this one is 1999, they seem to be new to audible. I'm definitely gong for a third novel of his, so stay tuned...
This story features one of the most unique and rogue heroes I've encountered in modern novels. Fritz Tullis, a disgraced history professor at University of Texas, mopes home to the backwoods of Maryland's eastern shores to live with his wealthy 83 year old mother. He's the youngest of 3, born 18 years after his next oldest sibling. Spoiled, unappreciative and known as a careless thrill seeker, he makes a rundown shack on the property into a livable home.
A rare bird and a simple white lie to protect a lover's feelings lead him to stumble into a murder. From there it becomes a cat and mouse adventure, only who is the cat and who is the mouse.
One of the first novels I listened to on Audible was No Country For Old Men, read by Tom Stechschulte. I loved him then and he is equally wonderful here.
It's a fast read, an easy 4 star rating for me.
This is just a fun and funny romp through the darker side of Florida politics, judicial system and the always seedy world of strip clubs, If you are looking for 5 star entertainment until the next great detective series, Strip Tease is the book for you.
This starts with a 23 year old ex-con who has 21 hours to find his kidnapped niece, A quick and obvious chain of formula driven conflicts ensues. Columbus Ohio cops are useless, his prison experience gives him leads cops will never have, he has to fight a giant to meet a bad guy. It only gets worse from there.
The narrator's voice is droll and mundane, though to be fair this books reads like a noir movie.
This is another fun novel featuring former cop Mick Stranahan, a man who has killed as many men as he has former wives. That would be 5 , at least in this novel. Mick is gifted with an overwhelming amount of common sense along with an uncommonly accurate ability to size people up quickly.
As is the case with many gifted heroes in literature , he has an equally extreme weakness that keeps his ego in check. He has the lowest possible immunity from falling in love with whoever he sleeps with. Thus he has had 5 ex wives, all cocktail or diner waitresses.
Another common trait of Hiasson novels the absurd lives of his villains. In this case the story begins with a former nurse scheming to extort money from her former employer, an unethical quack plastic surgeon, by threatening to expose his killing of a young college girl several years back. To validate her claim while diverting attention away from her actual scam, she plays on the vanity of an egocentric investigative reporter and points all involved parties to a former detective who worked the case years ago. One Mick Stranahan.
Suddenly we are in the world of plastic surgery as viewed by a wonderfully talented, cynical humorist, an ex reporter, turned columnist turned novelist. Let's face it, it is a world of extreme vanity, sexually charged, enormous egos, even larger insecurities...and little oversight by the medical community. There is no shortage of material here for Hiasson to work with.
I love the characters, the humor, the relationships and most of all I enjoyed the whole experience.
this is my second review, because somehow the first, a brilliant effort, just disappeared. So forgive my brevity.
I'm really struggling trying to find new authors and series in mysteries and thrillers. Then I remembered how much I liked Double Whammy and Striptease. Skinny Dip is just as much fun.
I was 100% invested in all the characters. It is one of best stories I've come across.
Again, I just don't have the stamina to rewrite a decent review, what you should know that I loved every second of this book!
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