When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the Lone Star State, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment.
It's my second Attica Locke audiobook (the other was The Cutting Season), and I really like the way she creates her characters and space. That one was in the South, this one is set in East Texas. The main character is a Texas Ranger, and there's two bodies pulled out of the bayou in a small town, but this is as much about society and race relations as it is about a mystery.
His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck.
I'm a fan of Walter Mosley and his Easy Rawlins novels, so I was looking forward to a new character in a new mystery......Not as good, in my opinion. Good but not great - I just didn't feel as interested in Leonid McGill.
The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.
An examination and explanation of air and the chemical composition of the gaseous mix that keeps us all alive. Occasionally interesting, occasionally didactic, and occasionally boring. All-in-all good, but not great.
When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.
I'm not even sure what the plot is here, even though I'm already a quarter of the way in. The writing is melodramatic and overwrought, and I really don't like the primary character Lottie Parker. It was recommended to me by someone in a discussion about strong female protagonists, but I'm just not liking it.
The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.
I'd heard of Franklin's Lost Expedition to complete the Northwest Passage through the Arctic, but it was just an abstract historical oddity. This is a compelling and interesting fictionalized account about a possible scenario regarding the two ships - the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus - who set out together on the expedition. There's a side-plot about a demon/god of the ice, but to me it was a minor side-plot that was really an add-on to the natural, not supernatural, terror and danger of the arctic in the mid 19th Century.
It's 1998. Varg Veum sits by the hospital bedside of his long-term girlfriend, Karin, whose life-threatening injuries provide a deeply painful reminder of the mistakes he's made. Investigating the seemingly innocent disappearance of a wind-farm inspector, Varg Veum is thrust into one of the most challenging cases of his career, riddled with conflicts, environmental terrorism, religious fanaticism, unsolved mysteries and dubious business ethics.
The idea of centering the action on an island is an oldie but a goodie, and using the local and international politics of a wind farm could be interesting, but all-in-all, I found it rather average. I'm not dissatisfied, but I don't think I'll continue in the series.
In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.
I don't care if the story line and plot are good, this is a badly written book. Uninteresting writing style, poorly executed - it was painful to listen to. Life is too short to listen to poorly written books. I never finished it.
It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before.
This Georgette Heyer novel was a great mystery, in the tradition of the Golden Days of Detective Fiction (along with other classic novelists like Agatha Christie). Unfortunately the narrator was not great......while in some ways she allowed me to create great visuals in my brain for each character with her performance, in other ways her narration made listening very difficult. She seemed to hyper-enunciate every word, making things stilted and slow.
I think my next Georgette Heyer mystery will be in print.
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In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
Very different and much better than the movie, in that there are actual ideas and philosophical thinking in this story of a plague survivor in a world of vampires. Also, now the title makes sense - something that wasn't really clear in the movie. Actually, even though it's quite dated, especially with gender roles and expectations, it makes a lot more sense and is more interesting.
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Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.
But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?
I was hoping that this would be a slightly different look at the story than the movie version (as many novels are), but it was actually remarkably similar. Very good and still enjoyable, of course, but it wasn't the different experience that I thought it would be.
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