Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit.
I was only looking for a little diversion but that mystery was surprisingly nuanced and entertaining. The storytelling was deft and original.Diamond is like Vera from another series. A rough edged but sharp investigation. A real person and not an icon or cliche. My only criticism is that there are repetitive qualities in that story as various characters offer their version of the same event.There is a subtlety that is often missing from mysteries. The solution was satisfying .The performance was excellent .
Three American GIs have gone missing in different South Korean cities. Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, agents for the Army CID, link the disappearances to a woman locally rumored to be a gumiho, a legendary 9000-tailed fox disguised as a woman. George suspects that the woman is no mythical creature, but a wealthy kidnapper who's good at covering her tracks. Scrambling to stay one step ahead of a psychotic mastermind, George realizes he will have to risk his life to discover the whereabouts of his fellow countrymen.
This is an entertaining and unusual detective story the protagonist is an army criminal investigator in Korea around the 70s it’s a lot of fun it’s got information on Korean culture is very creative minutes ideas and I would listen to another woman in the series I thoughtowards the end it was a little bit Contrived but it was still fun entertaining a welcome change from hard-boiled detective fiction
A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.
Just to be a Welarie search history/sociology of American tendency towards fantasy good! We got we are
The gruesome murder of hopeful starlet Elizabeth Short, in the noir-tinged Los Angeles of 1947, has a permanent place in American lore as one of the most inscrutable of true-crime mysteries. Now, Piu Eatwell - relentless legal sleuth and atmospheric stylist - cracks the case after 70 years. With recently unredacted FBI files, newly released sections of the LAPD files, and explosive new interviews, Eatwell has unprecedented access to primary evidence and a persuasive culprit.
The author makes a very convincing story for the true criminal in the black dahlia case the book is also a great snapshot of Los Angeles after the war in the corruption that was right in the city very well written very well researched highly recommended
For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.
This is a very original series protagonist is an unusual detective. He’s a Robin Hood of the hood the stories are very original and keep you guessing. Highly recommended
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Jacob Rigolet - a soon-to-be former assistant to a wealthy art collector - looks up from his seat at an auction to see his mother, the former head librarian at the Halifax Free Library, walking almost casually up the aisle. Before a stunned audience, she flings an open jar of black ink at master photographer Robert Capa's Death on a Leipzig Balcony. What's more, Jacob's police detective fiancée, Martha Crauchet, is assigned to the ensuing interrogation.
A strange story that I lost interest in. Its not really a mystery. I read it because of a positive review. The beginning was interesting but there are a lot of dead ends in the story. Perhaps the author has potential but this book fails to meet it. The narrator's attempts to speak for female characters did not work and the whole story was low energy.
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A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can't leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps.
The true story of the underclass something like notes from the underground people who never have a chance in life. Unfortunately none of the characters are very appealing and their actions are gruesome and appalling. The author is a good writer and loves to describe The countryside. This book is not for the faint of heart
On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill's private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she's sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma, and Kincaid's son.
This is one of a continuing series involving several London police officers. The stories are complex and there are usually two mysteries-one that continues over time and a self contined mystery. The charactes are likeable and "normal" no alcholism. angst etc which can get old. They have families and the usual problems that go along with family life. I find the mysteries engrossing and the solutions are not obvious. Enjoy.
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It evokes post Civil War Texas with all of its varied inhabitants: Mexicans, Indians, former confederates etc. The author knows the geography as well as the characters. It is touching and moving portrait of humanity at its best and worst without being overly graphic.The narrator is wonderful, his voice is remiscent of actors from early Westerns and more recently, Sam Elliot.
Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang, sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys - including East's hotheaded younger brother - to kill a witness connected to a major case, who is hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, and over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, ranging from crime fiction to road narrative to coming-of-age novel.
This is a great listen narrator is excellent the story is fantastically original get you into the mind of a young fatherless for I highly recommend it