Richard Stark (alias for Donald E. Westlake) has such a unique voice. Everything is told through the criminal mind. Amazing and doesn't feel dated in the least.
The writing is excellent, the story gripping, and the locale very interesting. But the ending of Neon Rain was a let down for me. It's not bad, just not great. 3/4 of Neon Rain was excellent but the last 1/4 was just okay. I will definitely read more of James Lee Burke as I have a feeling that it only gets better from here.
Loved it. Similar to Richard Stark's Parker books. Appropriate reading that really enhanced the story. Recommend, especially to Donald E. Westlake fans.
Took me a chapter to get into this story but once I did I was in for the entire ride. Great action adventure. A bit predictable today, but that's because so many of the concepts have been used since.
Another great collection from a master. A series of short stories that read like a journal of sorts from the kindest hitman you could ever meet. He's got a heart but never lets that get in the way of the job. The body count piles up in Hit Parade, as do some surprising twists. Highly recommended.
Great start to the series. Hippy dialogue seems dated now but it is only sprinkled throughout the early chapters. Looking forward to next book.
The second book in Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues the great story from book 1. And he expands the characters and (unlike many mystery novels) they continue to grow. I cannot wait until I start book 3.
I really loved the Australian background and it's interesting to read about Harry Hole's introduction to the area. We readers learn as Harry himself learns about the underbelly of the Australian landscape. I had heard from others that this book wasn't the best in the series, but I see that as a great thing. If the series gets better from here then I'm definitely hooked. Those who have already read the later books probably need to read The Bat with that in mind. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
I'll be reading the next book in the series as soon as I finish a couple others in my pile.
I had seen this on TV and film so much that the plot was already known to me, but I still enjoyed the novel. I would have loved to read this book blind. Poirot is at the top of his game in this famous murder on the train.
True Detective did lag in a couple chapters but always picked right back up in the next. Max Allan Collins' historical fiction is really well written and a gripping story. It's a side-note in history but compelling when all the characters are fleshed out. I really enjoyed Nathan Heller and will add the next book to my "to-read" pile very shortly.
Another Hercule Poirot mystery and it's more of the same, which isn't all bad. A bit more predictable than some in the Poirot series but fine characters all. I know that some of this story sprung from Agatha Christie's true life adventures, and maybe that is why it felt a little less than fresh. I'm not sorry that I read Murder in Mesopotamia (I'm slowly going through all of her books) but it's not in the top 10.
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