The authors, true to form, twists and turns and delivers an ending as entertaining as it was unexpected. I generally like to guess the endings of stories and have to admit I didn't see it coming. In this way, she is true to form. It took a while to get to know and like - or dislike! - the characters, a burden not present in the Commissario Brunetti works, after the 1st couple, anyway. But now that I have, I'd like to see them, or some of them, again.
It's not a typical mystery, there are not heinous crimes to solve. But it is a mystery in that events of some centuries past come to dwell in the present in the form of two chests full of documents, and it's up to the main character, a scholar in the form and content of the documents, to figure out where the jewels are, and who owns them now after all that time.
Hurricanes and other natural disasters are often designated 'Acts of God" by insurance and other authorities... but how those authorities and victims react is very much driven by people. Zeitoun is a victim of Hurricane Katrina, and he decides do what he can to alleviate the suffering of other victims since he is strong and has some resources. So he sends his family away to safety and proceeds to paddle around in his canoe to check up on things. He finds that not all of those who are helping, including first responders, are doing much helping. He becomes victimized a 2nd time at the hands of "Authority" as he is accused of looting.
It's a fascinating story, told from the vantage point of someone who was there, lived through it, and suffered the consequences. Did the experience change him and those around him? How could it not? Read it and find out how. And maybe you will be motivated to voluntary community services.
Nicely written, well read. It was a spellbinding story, the story of Hurricane Katrina that the media missed.
The story of a military officer, a medical doctor, who committed a heinous crime, and his legal efforts to exonerate himself. Did he do it? Is he innocent, a victim himself of this crime? The case spans 10 years. The author gives you all the facts as they were uncovered and documented by the courts. Listen carefully. Then decide.
If you ever drank so much you had to ask your friends and family how much fun you had because you honestly don't remember, then this story will cause a queasy feeling in your gut. Forget running out to look at your car - if you even remember where you left it, hoping it's in the garage! - to see if there are any new dents on it, you woke up in the drunk tank. Again. This is the picture of untreated alcoholism and what its consequences might be. It's also a great little slice of life in upper-crust Los Angeles in the early to mid 1980s. The author is spot on in terms of prison life, and in terms of AA culture. The story has a very real feel to it, a sense of having been there, known the players, been part of it. You may not enjoy this story... IF you are an untreated alcoholic. It will be uncomfortable for you.
I kept thinking, Harry is getting too old for this. Classic Connelly, classic risk taking, the stakes are high = the life of his daughter. I am so interested to see where it goes from here.
Whether you are a baseball fan, union member, or just enjoy a good story, this book will appeal to you. You will like - and dislike! - the characters, become enraged at the unfairness of it all, and go 'hmmm...' as you learn of the molasses disaster.
As with other works, Lehane does his homework. You may think the cops were out of line to strike, and maybe they were. But that is only half the story. How it came to happen, and the treatment of the cops by the politicians, is the other half. Meantime, what would drive The Babe into the outfield from the picher's mound, and then into the arms of The Hated Yankees is another story, to give it historical context.
As with his other works, I enjoyed the sense of history and of being there at the time. I felt like I knew the characters as if they lived next door. And I was glad I wasn't actually there for the molasses disaster.
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