Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage



BEIRUT HELLFIRE SOCIETY  by Rawi Hage
This tale presents the raw outrage, fear, misery, and indelible sadness of a country at war. The writing is excellent. Unfortunately, it is so filled with sex and depravity that I can not recommend this book.  After having to force myself to read past the first few chapters, the book did offer some moments of humor (of the black variety) and the final pages did offer some version of hope after the devastation of hopelessness that war engenders.  The feelings of the outcast (religion, societal, employment, mental illness, etc) are clearly shown.  I had hoped for a better read.
2 of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

BLOOD OATH by Linda Fairstein


BLOOD OATH  by Linda Fairstein
This thriller by a master of the art starts a bit slow but by the time you get all the players straight the thrills a minute lead to a heart pounding conclusion.
Alexandra Cooper, back from a leave of absence, is the heroine of the tale. Lucy, a troubled young woman is the object of concern.  Along the way a wide cast of characters, some good, some evil, come into play.
Tightly plotted and unerringly fleshed out, Fairstein’s novel is one of the best of the genre.
4 of 5 stars

BLOOD OATH by Linda Fairstein


BLOOD OATH  by Linda Fairstein
This thriller by a master of the art starts a bit slow but by the time you get all the players straight the thrills a minute lead to a heart pounding conclusion.
Alexandra Cooper, back from a leave of absence, is the heroine of the tale. Lucy, a troubled young woman is the object of concern.  Along the way a wide cast of characters, some good, some evil, come into play.
Tightly plotted and unerringly fleshed out, Fairstein’s novel is one of the best of the genre.
4 of 5 stars

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

RUN AWAY by Halan Coben


RUN AWAY  by Harlan Coben
This was my first Harlan Coben mystery.  It was an interesting, well written tale about a dysfunctional family (Is there any other kind?). 
Paige is the runaway. She fell in with a druggie boyfriend at college and is no longer the sweet innocent good girl her father is searching for. Elena is a former FBI agent on the trail of the missing 24 year old son of wealthy banker. Simon is Paige’s father trying to save her from herself.
Lots of action here: death, beatings, drug dealers, gun fights, DNA surprises, you name it.  A fast read by good writer.
4 of 5 stars

A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks


DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE   by Mariah Fredericks
The backstairs folk always see more than the upper class folks think. Lady’s maid Jane sees and thinks.  
The writing is good with great characterization, good atmosphere, a realistic portrayal of time and place.  Fredericks throws in some real people and real incidents to give breadth to her story.
This is the first of a series with Jane as the sleuth in a tightly crafted mystery. 
The death is pretty gruesome but, for the squeamish, not dwelled upon.  Also, no foul language or steamy sex, just a really good mystery with fully fleshed out characters.
5 of 5 stars

Sunday, April 28, 2019

A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks


DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE   by Mariah Fredericks

The backstairs folk always see more than the upper class folks think. Lady’s maid Jane sees and thinks.  The writing is good with great characterization, good atmosphere, a realistic portrayal of time and place. 
Fredericks throws in some real people and real incidents to give breadth to her story.

This is the first of a series with Jane as the sleuth in a tightly crafted mystery. The death is pretty gruesome but, for the squeamish, not dwelled upon.  Also, no foul language or steamy sex, just a really good mystery with fully fleshed out characters.
5 of 5 stars

Thursday, April 25, 2019

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben


RUN AWAY  by Harlan Coben
This was my first Harlan Coben mystery.  It was an interesting, well written tale about a dysfunctional family (Is there any other kind?). 
Paige is the runaway. She fell in with a druggie boyfriend at college and is no longer the sweet innocent good girl her father is searching for. Elena is a former FBI agent on the trail of the missing 24 year old son of wealthy banker. Simon is Paige’s father trying to save her from herself.
Lots of action here: death, beatings, drug dealers, gun fights, DNA surprises, you name it.  A fast read by good writer.
4 of 5 stars