Like Munich, Robert Harris has taken real life events, added a dollop of fictional characters, put them into a tight time frame and crafted them all into a thriller. This time it's about the efforts to destroy the launching pads for the V2 rockets which were deadly, disastrous for morale and impossible to shoot down in the air, unlike the V1s. Funnily enough though there are books and programmes made about the V1s or doodlebugs and the raids on Pennemunde to bomb the launch pads there isn't much about V2s.
I found it absolutely fascinating and read it straight through, it doesn't have a strictly linear plot line which might annoy some people and follows the fictional Dr Rudi Graf near the Hague, chief engineer at the launch site and friend of von Braun who actually developed the V2, from the early 1930s and the beginning of the rocket's developement and Kay Caton-Walsh, a WAAF officer, one of a team of female mathematicians who are trying to plot where the rockets are being launched from so the RAF can launch a raid. The two don't meet though their stories intertwine.
Robert Harris wrote this in 14 weeks during lockdown and I feel that the speed of his writing shows in places, this book lacks the richness of detail and character that made Conclave, Munich and especially An Officer and A Spy such exceptional reads but even so it's still very good indeed.
It's 1921, Perveen Mistry is Bombay's only female lawyer. Although she isn't officially allowed to practice she assists her father, and works on cases where a woman is needed, such as this one involving the inheritance of three Muslim widows who keep purdah.
This book really works on several levels, it's a good mystery, it has an engaging heroine, it paints an evocative picture of Bombay at the time and it gently but persistently shines a light on how difficult life could be for women in those days. And as Perveen comes from a Zoroastrian family there's lots of fascinating information about that too.
It's a light breezy read, great fun and I thoroughly recommend it.
The tale of a career con man falling in with a hooker for a major score. Expert crime caper also becomes the story of a man’s love for his estranged daughter.
I posted this mostly to bring attention to Mr. Lange. I found the book two years ago (BookPeople, Austin Texas) and have already read it twice. I also scarfed up all his other books (except for his latest - waiting for the paperback) and they’re all great.
Hillbilly noir involves a reformed getaway driver who’s pulled back in for one last caper. Novel has lots of action, fast cars, guns. This should appeal to those who like heists.
The book is wildly praised by various reviewers and authors (including Lee Child, Dennis Lehane). I had problems with the writing style which involves lots of meaningless similes. Book is also poorly edited. I found several mistakes, beginning on page 1, as well as head-hopping in mid-paragraph etc. Story is good, though.