This is a multilayered story told from multiple points of view. There are no superagents-save perhaps a sexy black woman US Spy--rather everyone on all sides are vulnerable and flawed and under pressure from somewhere. In this respect it is a realistic story. It is a thinking persons spy novel. There are many plot twists and most of them are surprises. The reason it does not rate 5 stars is that it goes on a little too long.
Although I did nor enjoy Faithful Place, I decided to give Tana French another try. I am glad I did. This is a wonderful and compelling book full of interesting characters. Its about friendship, cliques and seeing people beyond stereotypes. It is also one of the best descriptions of interrogation from the interrogator's perspective. French also does a great job of portraying teenage girls, their angst and fierce loyalties.
Unlike Faithful Place, the identity of the murderer was not obvious and the story unfolded in an engrossing and satisfying manner.
This is a work of historical fiction regarding anti-semitism in the US as well as in Europe before, during and after World War II. I enjoyed the fictional characters and their intrigues and romances. The title character Warburg is a secular Jew who is forced to confront his identity and heritage by events. There is also a Catholic priest who has to decide whether being a priest is a calling or a career.
The lukewarm efforts of the US to help European jews during this era are rather shameful as depicted in this book. There was a casual anti-semitism in the US during this time. The role of the Vatican and Pope Pius XII remains controversial. Certainly there were pro facist elements in the Vatican and the Church.
One of the central themes of the book is efforts by people within the Vatican and the US government to aid Nazi war criminals because for a variety of reasons, A recent non fiction book Operation Paper Clip details US actions regarding Nazi scientists. Carroll's story deals with efforts to save Nazis and their sympathizes to fight communism.
Its a good listen and thought provoking.
I was not sure what to expect from this book about a dentist feeling empty in the face of materialism and the modern world of electronic social networks . He is an atheist and has a series of failed relationships. It turned out to be compelling and funny. The performance is excellent and had a lot to do with success of the audiobook. The book has a serious side-finding meaning in the modern world and the importance of relationships to survival but it is done in and entertaining and original manner. I highly recommend this book.
I have enjoyed other books by Philip Kerr that feature his Berlin detective. This book is not so much a mystery book as screed for an Old Testament Deity. I did not enjoy it and had trouble finishing it.
This main character in this book is a delightful young journalist/ rower.The book is good entertainment and a good introduction to Baltimore and its politics. Think of it as the Wire light. I will probably listen to more books in the series.
This is a modern English mystery whose characters suffer modern trials of bureaucratic politics and professional jealously. The mysteries themselves are not obvious nor predictable. The characters are interesting and believable even if some situations and motivations are a stretch. There is a serious undercurrent to the story of the murder of the perfect suburban housewife. This is the consequences of our actions and choices. I found it a thoughtful and entertained tale with a likable protagonist.
This is a great series with interesting characters and an ongoing mystery. But this is not a comfortable story, perhaps we should not shrink from the darker emotions and evil in the world but it was tough going at times to listen to this tale of depravity, callousness and vengeance. But Assad and Rose, minor characters are more developed and mysterious here. There are also nice twists in the story.
This is not only the story of four Supreme Court Justices but (albeit partial) history of the New Deal era and the legal struggles to establish New Deal programs. The lives and character (and contradictions) of the four Justices (Frankfuter, Black, Jackson and Douglas) are developed as well of those of contemporary jurists and historical figures. In addition to being a professor at a prestigious law school, Mr. Feldman is a good storyteller. The performance is excellent. Highly recommended to anyone interested in history. While initially united by their New Deal liberalism, the justices eventually went their separate way in their views of the Constitution and its interpretation. Author Feldman makes a persuasive argument of the importance of these Justices in the development of constitutional thought.
The protagonist in this book is the kind of arrogant and oafish policeman who is a minor character or irritant in other stories. We learn how he got that way and how he matures as a person and gains some empathy. The story itself has good twists. It is also interesting to learn something about Iceland an obscure country for Americans. Its a good police procedural with cautionary lessons about greed, recklessness and the lasting effects of damage. All this without being preachy.
This is a story of political corruption, intrigue, murder, Irish immigrants, adultery and New York in the 40's and 50's. That's a little too ambitious. Some of the street scenes and crowd scenes are overwritten and transparent attempts to be evocative. Surprisingly, the scenes in Mexico are very evocative of a lost time. Many of the characters, especially the gangsters are vividly described. But at times the book seem to veer into being a romance novel. It is not a bad book, just a little sprawling. The solution to the central mystery was clever but took so long, it was not that surprising.
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