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Penelope Forrester

TRAVELERS REST, SC, USA
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Just when I want to strangle Kit...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

for his seemingly endless whining and angst, he comes though with the solution to the puzzle. Truly, Kit can be so exasperating sometimes and I just want J.X. to apply shoe leather to his backside. Still, it does seem he is a trouble magnet, so I suppose he has a right to b*tch sometimes.

Painful Tattoo is the best of the Holmes & Moriarity series yet. Lanyon's variety of red herrings and plot twists is enough to keep even the most avid mystery solvers scrambling.

And, for those of us who can't get enough of Adrien & Jake, it was a nice surprise to have them meet, and provide, for Kit, a "real life" lesson on how to be a happy couple.

I decided to treat myself on my 70th birthday and The Boy With the Painful Tattoo was a terrific gift!

Good going!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

A masterpiece from two masters - Burke & Patton

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-14

This is probably the most important book Burke has written to date. It is literature at its best. As much as I appreciate all his highly underrated work, this one far surpasses even Tin Roof Blow Down, which, was in my personal opinion, his best. Before that, Confederate Mist. This is not to say his other works do not pierce the psyche of his characters. They do. But this work is far different. More personal. It comes from his very soul. His treatment of the Hollands is even more complex than our old friend Dave. His theme of human fallibility, sin and redemption is profound.

Will Patton’s narration is, as usual, masterful. His voice flows seamlessly as he navigates the changing characters and moods. Excellent! Audie material, IMO.

In my three particular favorites, I sensed a unique connection between Burke and the characters. Wayfaring Stranger leaves the other two in the dusty roadside. This is not because of his obvious respect and love and admiration of the actual Weldon, but how Burke got into his head and heart more deeply than in any other work. He did his cousin Weldon and many other WWII hero soldiers (my dad included) proud. They are/were all heroes, as much as one of my friends, who at fifteen, led her mother out of Austria and Germany in 1939. We cannot imagine the dread she felt as she led her mother through a snow-laden forest from Cologne to the Belgian border. It took five attempts to make the escape.

My friend, thanks be to God, was never sent to a Camp, but she was molested by Nazi soldiers. I thought of her as we followed Rosita’s journey. Burke has always respected women in his books, and portrayed them elegantly. Within this work he continues with his female characters portrayed as strong and brave and intelligent.

Rosita is the best of the best, the bravest of the brave. She is brilliant and gutsy and beautiful. I have noticed, within the last three or four works women are represented stronger and stronger, and Burke has given them a more prominent role. This was also the most profound love story he has written to date.

I could go on and on and on. There’s no need. This is a masterpiece. If Burke never wrote another book, he could rest his reputation on this one. That statement does not, however, give him license to retire. I hunger for his next.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

An anti-Liberal, anti-Alaska Native Rant

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-12

What disappointed you about Murder on Mt. McKinley?

Couldn't get past the second chapter. The Alaska native who spoke at the meeting was a communist because he spoke against drilling in ANWAR. Al Gore is the anti-Christ. Liberals are Communists. I understand that feelings are high on the oil in Alaska issue, but if I wanted to listen to a political speech, I'd listen to a politician.Plus, and this is very important. The writing was mediocre at best.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A James Lee Burke novel. I've read all of them. Now I'm listening to them.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Greg Lutz?

The narrator was okay. He did the best he could with the material.

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Can't think of one.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful