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  1. Adrian You have done a great job in bringing the best of the book to readers. I couldn't put it down and found it thought provoking as well as a terrific read. GOOD WORK
  2. Radders do you know if the other detective novels have been translated yet?
  3. This was my first book by Banville, too. I was so impressed with his prose, but, yes, I see how it could seem dry. And I think perhaps that was part of his message here. He wrote the book in 1989 after writing a book called MEPHISTO which i'm sure wasn't an upper. When I scanned his body of work I was overwhelmed by the amount of IMPORTANT writing he has done. I defer to him and maintain my opinion that if read slowly and digested well the book morphs into a lamentation on issues that befall individuals in today's world. I Recommend it. Here is what LIBRARY JOURNAL says: From Library Journal@Amazon.com Freddie Montgomery is a schizophrenic 38-year-old ex-scientist haunting dingy pubs who, nonetheless, ponders life and his illness via this superb novelized murder trial "confession." After study in America, Freddie returns to Ireland to find that his disowning mother has sold what he believes is part of his inheritance from his late father, some paintings that include an old Dutch master of a woman he thinks regards him with caring, benevolent authority. As he steals it, he murders a maid who catches him in the act. His lawyer advises him to plead manslaughter to quash evidence. Instead, the brooding, contradictory Freddie writes the "book of evidence" that we read. How much of it is true, how much sick fancy? Freddie makes us think, too. This work has also been cited in 47 other works. ENJOY
  4. MEGUSTALEER AND HAZEL Thank you for sharing info on BBC series coming up We'll probably get it in 2011 or 12. ENJOY
  5. FROM BN.COM Biography Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for his Millennium novels, a trilogy of thrillers that became international bestsellers. Now the English speaking world is privileged to have access to book one of his work: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. This is a mystery as tightly crafted and intellectually stimulating I could not put it down ... yet didn't want it to end. An very rich old man is dying and he wants to take a one last shot at finding out what happened to his granddaughter, Harriet. She disappeared about forty years ago and no one knows if she if dead or "out there" somewhere in the ether. He hires magazine publisher who has just gotten out of prison after serving a few months for slander. He moves to the other side of nowhere for one year to investigate. Through a series of coincidences and connections he ends up working with a very strange and secretive anorexic young woman with a brilliant mind. She is also a champion PC hacker. A plethora of characters move in and out of the story making for many surprises around many corners. I think most readers will enjoy the atmosphere which is hot and cold ... drawing from rich metaphors. Certainly worth the read. GERBAM
  6. THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P. D. JAMES (eighty-eight year old Baroness James of Holland Park) features Commander Adam Dalgleish of the Special Investigations Squad and his team: Detective Inspector Kate Miskin and Detective Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith. The private patient of the title, is Rhoda Gradwyn, an investigative reporter who is known for her mud- slinging articles. When she was a child, her father slashed her face with a broken liquor bottle, which left her scarred and disfigured. She is celebrating her forty- seventh birthday with a trip to Harley Street to see one of the best plastic surgeons in England. After Dr. George Chandler-Powell reassures her that he can remove the scar without leaving more damage, he asks her why she waited so long to have this work done. Her enigmatic response is: “Because I no longer have need of it.” She checks into his secluded manor house where she decided to have her scar removed and is dead right after the surgery. Chevall Manor is populated with an eclectic staff, one is a murderer, one's father used to own the manor where she now works, they all have secrets and while on the surface they get along, resentments seethe underneath. Sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Crime" she is eighty-eight year old Baroness James of Holland Park. THE PRIVATE PATIENT features her beloved Commander Adam Dalgleish and his special crimes team. This is a moving and sad tale, beyond the successive murders. James has always been interested in the psychological aspect of human nature and here her exploration results in a fine procedural and more.
  7. As usual I enjoyed reading all of your posts. I find myself falling into the 'cliche' clattered sentence when I review, too. Sometimes the best way to say something without sounding pompous or 'off the wall' is to say it in simple language all readers of the piece will understand and recognize. When I write a scholarly paper or a review for a scholarly journal I use a whole different lexicon. I am writing to writers about writers who are scholars too and they know how careful the review must be shaped. Is this a snob approach? You betcha! When I read a review in any newspaper or online site my expectations are not the same as they are when I am reading a scholarly journal. Since I write both I feel able to tell the difference and as all writers should, I try to keep my audience in mind. As for the tired and over-used words some of you supplied ... yup you're correct ... and when I write them I use my WORD MENU and THESAURUS and seek synonyms too ... but usually settle on the familiar. Albeit sometimes I just want to throw a review away because it is just full of fluff and IMHO that is a disservice to anyone reading it.
  8. Perhaps I am just 'one of those people' but I think John Connolly is a fine writer and find his books appealing. If read as a cop/buddy or 'Holmes and Watson' type of novel Angel and his sidekick play the role of buddy/sidekick(s) These three are a team and very devoted to each other ... they have their collective secrets and trust each other with their lives. None of them would hesitate to help each of his pals. I disagree about labeling the creepy characters as 'supernatural' at least as I read them. IMHO they represent the threats and terrors and bumps in the night that haunt us all. If Connolly chooses to anthropomorphise them he is having some fun with his readers and fans. His books are well plotted and make for a good read. Fortunately so many good mystery/thriller/suspense writers keep publishing we all can find those we enjoy most.
  9. Can Ian Rankin really retire John Rebus forever? Nah!! In Exit Music, which is a mixed bag of what fans expect from Rankin laced with a sadness and discomfort because readers know how unhappy Rebus obviously is. But of course he was never really a cheery chap. Shiv can take over but she is nervous about it and still turns to him for support and guidance. I think that's the role he'll play in future. Book is one not to miss.
  10. LeCarre still has the juice even if he doesnt' have a cold war as his muse. I truly found this book chilling and a sort of primer using a micro-managed case pulling several international anti-terrorist units together.
  11. Those of us who are die hard LeCarre fans, like slowrain and I, will have mixed feelings about this newest book. Slowrain"s description of the story and the brooding darkness of the war on terror is right on. I found myself truly engrossed in the sub-plots which I felt pulled the main plot together at the end. The characters, many a la LeCarre, and their agendas mixed with the personal antagonisms between the different government agencies who are responsible for catching, in this case, a strange young man who appears out of nowhere and impacts those he comes in contact with like a tank. The back story (I won't be a spoiler) is fascinating, especially when we learn that it is true. It sounds so absurd at first. 'nuff of that. I agree with slowrain's assessment of the rage and frustration that LeCarre laced through the novel, but he did it legitimately in terms of the narrative, plot, characters and setting. Although his muse is no longer the cold war he is so fully informed about the world of terror in the world ... which informs his writing with strength and verissimilitude. I recommend the book. It certainly will keep you guessing.
  12. If you have not yet read David Hewson you are missing some great literary police procedurals. His books resonate with humanity, well limned characters, fascinating plots, information and ambience of Rome. His new book THE GARDEN OF EVIL is his best book yet. At the heart of the mystery is a painting by Caravaggio and the impact his art and life had on his contemporaries ... and how the tentacles of his influence and reputation are a drum beat in this century. It is a **** for sure. ENJOY GERBAM
  13. Grammath you asked Kelby Lake who said he/she is interested in AM. LIT. why the interest ... You said you too are interested in AM. LIT. ... can you tell us why? I'd really like to read both of your answers. THANKS GERBAM
  14. I wanted to share a list of some releases coming out between Sept. and Dec. to be added to list already posted. September 2008 A Mortal Curiosity [Lizzie Martin #2] by Ann Granger [1st US edition] The Replacement Child by Christine Barber Too Close to Home [NS?] by Linwood Barclay ON SALE THIS MONTH EXIT MUSIC RANKIN DRAINING LAKE INDRIDASON IN THE DARK BILLINGHAM NO HUMAN ENEMY JOHN GARDNER BOOK OF LIES MELTZER KILLING CIRCLE PYPER HEAT LIGHTNING SANDFORD NIGHT STALKER SWAIN --------------------------------------------------------------------------- October 2008 ON SALE THIS MONTH SCARPETTA CORNWELL BONES KELLERMAN Once Were Cops [NS] by Ken Bruen The Brass Verdict [Harry Bosch #14] by Michael Connelly --------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 2008 The Outcast [Nergui #3] by Michael Walters DIVINE JUSTICE BALDACCI ------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 2008 ON SALE THIS MONTH BONE BY BONE CAROL O’CONNELL
  15. Hi Flingo Thank you for posting the Telegraph list. I collect lists ... a little ocd perhaps? I am happy to say I recognized almost all of the names and read most of them BUT For them to have put Robert Parker (of the outline and disdain for his readers fame) on the list is a perversion and an insult to the others. IMHO. I also had a tad bit of trouble thinking about some of the younger, contemporary writers listed in place of writers who earned their bones but didn't make the list. Personal quirk I think because I read them. As someone said very subjective process.
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