Some Rise By Sin by Philip Caputo (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2017). This engrossing, if grim contemporary novel is set in and around an isolated desert village in the foothills of Mexico’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Like so much of the country, San Patricio is being torn apart by a brutal drug war of a savagery on a scale that dwarfs even the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Some Rise By Sin"
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2016). Patricia Cornwell has been writing her books about crime-solving medical examiner Kay Scarpetta and those connected to her for quite a while. This recent entry features the expected levels of suspense blended as with effective human drama. It introduces an inventive new method of murderous mayhem that at first […]Read more "REVIEWED: Chaos"
The Woman on the Stairs by Bernard Schlink. (Contemporary Novel, 2014/2016/2017). This occasionally somewhat rambling, yet ultimately engrossing study of four people dealing with decades-spanning obsessions, rampant possessiveness and unresolved personal regrets was first published in the original German in 2014. Translated by Joyce Hackett and Bradley Schmid, it appeared in England in 2016. But the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Woman on the Stairs"
Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke. (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2005). People who’ve read my reviews know I like a wide variety of genres. And of course I have my favored authors. Many of these are very prolific, and that is certainly the case with James Lee Burke. I’m hardly alone in my enthusiasm for Burke, as he’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross"
The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans. (Inspirational Novel, May 2017). This one is the opening of a fascinating new trilogy about one flawed man’s journey to redemption by New York Times #1 Best Selling Author Richard Paul Evans. Although this is my first exposure to the man’s work, he has won a number awards in […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Broken Road"
Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. (Historical Novel, April 2017). This unusually good first novel is a well-researched, discerning and ultimately quite poignant book about life in Ancient Rome. Thrasius, an educated slave with special culinary skills, movingly narrates this first-person tale. While he is a fictional character, many of those he comes into contact with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feast Of Sorrow"
My Darling Detective by Howard Norman. (Novel, 2017). I’m really ambivalent about this book. The author is an experienced novelist with several major literary nominations and awards to his credit, yet this novel (my first exposure to his work) left me largely unimpressed. It’s certainly not terrible and kept me reading, but generated little overall satisfaction […]Read more "REVIEWED: My Darling Detective"