The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?
I had taken a couple of years break from "reading" Lescroart and now I wonder why. This book has an excellent plot, fine character development and just the right amount of suspense. Narrator is one of the better ones in this genre. No complaints here.
The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.
Everything you wanted to know about the life of LBJ from the late 1950s through early 1964. Some very fascinating stuff, but in some parts it completely dragged on and on. Parts very totally repetitive. Recommended, but I might go with an abridged version, if its well done.
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It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.
I would have liked a bit more suspense, but this was a fun read. Recommended for listening when you don't want to have to focus on the book.
Julie Mills is heartbroken when her rock star wannabe boyfriend Ronny dumps her. With encouragement from her best friend Eve, Julie decides to post an online ad to attract a date. After a few too many sips of wine, Julie posts an ad entitled: “Easy Lady Requests Guy with Two Socks”. Easy Lady meets Dan the Man at an Italian restaurant. It is far from the night Julie expects, and not just because it involves an eye patch and an argyle sock.
I expected the chick lit formula, but this "romantic comedy" was generally tedious. The ending was predictable from the first hour and it needed more twists and turns--if the relationships were going to work out, at least have the characters go through some serious struggles, not superficial hocus pocus. I hope that Ms. Eby will develop her characters a bit more in her next novel--she did a good job with the audio, however.
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Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.
Grisham has set high standards in his previous books and, while this one has twists and turns, it is less well put together than some of the others. Although I liked the story, I felt the writing was a little lazy, and the ending seemed contrived.
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Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.
This book combines the two characters so well, and stretches the Haller character as he changes sides for this story. I hope that Connelly keeps developing this character.
The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.
Yes, I know that we are reviewing the books at Audible, and this one is very good within the genre, but often there is little review of the narrator beyond one sentence. I will get to the book in a minute, but a little more about Dennis Boutsikaris's performance first. Boutsikaris has a quality to his voice that really kept my interest. His range and intonation are excellent. What I look for are the ability for the performer to keep his voice in character and to make voices of the opposite sex sound believable. Boutsikaris does both very well (I remember only once mistake in the entire text). Additionally, he gives the book exactly the right amount of excitement for the genre.
If you are looking for an exciting mystery, this book is not it. The story revolves around three very imperfect lawyers and the trials and tribulations of their practice. The book contains two product liability litigations/class actions, and quite a bit of it rings true, a simplified account of what can happen in these cases.
The Litigators is very light reading, with several of the characters being somewhat funny exaggerations of what are clients and fellow lawyers. It goes fast and held my attention. At times, it had me laughing out loud (remembering my own experiences in similar situations).
Highly recommended as a light, yet detailed, novel about the law. Not recommended for those looking for a legal mystery with a lot of action.
Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.
I know that Daniel Silva is a popular author for mysteries related to the Middle East, but never got around to reading anything by him. I started listening to this book on CD when I borrowed someone's car and loved the book. Finished with a download from Audible. Highly enjoyable!
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Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....
This was my first strictly Bosch book and now I understand why everyone loves the character. The book held my interest from beginning to end, with lots of twists and turns along the way. The narrator is tremendous with just the right gravel to his voice to make Bosch's character come alive. Highly recommended.
Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr - a professor at Caldwell, the local college - Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?
Different from most of Patterson's political mysteries, this was an excellent psychological thriller. I figured out who the bad guy was about half way through the story, but enjoyed the ending anyway.