Le Carre writes the same novel again and again.
This is high praise for le Carre is a master, both of thought and prose. He challenges all that masks itself in the guise of Terror's war and ever so exactly separates myth from reality.
Le Carre also is an excellent interpreter of his own prose. Each nuance is perfectly realized.
Stephen Hogan's underscores the nuance and the powerful insights that Tana French brings to every chapter. Scorcher Kennedy is the noir detective reimagined for the world-wide bleakness that has overwhelmed the last five years.
The interview between the murderer and Scorcher takes your breath away. When you realize what is coming, your heart stops beating.
Scorcher and Dinah's first encounter is manic and part of a continuing leitmotif of madness enfolded into daily life.
No. I am travelling in China and it makes hours of delay a pleasure. I am listening to it for the second time.
The prize for listening is an excellent reader and an excellent thriller. Dog Cicero is a character who could only have come from the wonderful mind of Reginald Hill. Smatterings of philosophy, wit and sharp turns of plot --- all add to the fun. Whoever starts this book should not make any plans until he reaches the satisfying conclusion. It is not perfect; but it is a five star thrill, Reginald Hill always surprises. This is a gem that for the most part has gone unnoticed.
This is not a police procedural. It a model for the nuanced plot, refined with subtle observation and an exceptionally flawed protagonist. Harry Hole is evocative of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (in the early books). Mysteries are more than satisfactorily solved; and the solutions then unravel. Clues are many faceted and never clear cut.
There is only one problem for audible members. If you listen to Nemesis, you will become hooked. Audible, however, has only one book in the series. The unsolved mystery is: why one Nesbo novel when the one is a masterpiece?
Mills explores evil within the mind of a serial killer and within the forces that resisted Germany at the WWII gateway to Europe, the island of Malta.
Max, the unlikely hero detective, is the master spinner of unpleasant information. The killer is also a spinner of information, the type that cripples defenses and allegiances.
This is a masterpiece on every level: superior fiction, interesting history, well-drawn characters, an involving plot, an everyman hero and the most chilling of villains.
The reader is also excellent.
"The Boys and Especially The Girls from Conn."
An improbable plot is swaddled in the impossible.
H.C. conceives a homage to Ira Levin via Henny Youngman. Neither money nor likelihood impede the homophobic-homophile Bolitar. The narrative, at its best, is plodding. Imagine Thanksgiving with butter, gravy and whipping cream and nothing else.
This is an immature, insubstantial effort meant to capitalize on some very important themes. The listener [no fault of the reader] simply doesn't care.
Dragging in the Jean Reno-French cop for his "charisma" is an obvious, strained attempt to create false sentiment so that it will ache when le cop is knocked off... with undue gallantry.
Coben would be better off offing Bolitar's friends. Good editing would get rid of the comic strip characters; and the Ira Levin updating may have worked. Without the editing, "Long Lost" is a novel chuck full of kitchen sinks.
Coben has been much better.
"Ladies and Gentlemen," as Bolitar would announce, "I give you "Long Lost"... Please keep it."
A homage to "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
Complicated but excellent view of the Western spy machinery today... thrilling.
very well matched to the reader
Dalton is an excellent reader who imbues this book with a texture of nuance, atmosphere and moral imperatives. Worth a thoughtful listener's time and involvement.
The pleasure, although gorey and graphic, will be all yours.
Reader plus writer never disappoint.
Each book in the the series is a stand slone masterpiece for the genre.
It is best to ready them in order as if they were a trilogy.
But each book has a brutal charm of its own.
Great beginning. Great end. The journey from A to Z is terror filled, thought provoking and well nuanced. The character of Wells is as well drawn as LeCarre's Lemas or Smiley. It is the perfect audio book. To abridge it would be like truncating the Venus de Milo.
Well read, well wriiten and like all of Littel, extremely nuanced. The listener must listen; the rewards are ample.
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