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    1. 4th Of July (Women's Murder Club
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    2. The Closers (Harry Bosch (Audio))
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    3. Rage
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    20. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    1. 4th Of July (Women's Murder Club (Audio))
    by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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    Asin: 1594830339
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks
    Sales Rank: 1125
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever--one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before--an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings--including killing again. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the bestselling detective series to debut in years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read the first page!!!!
    Fourth of July is a great read, and I think it's the BEST of the series so far.Alex Cross, watch out.Lindsay Boxer is on your tail.

    The writing in Fourth of July is crisp and powerful. Don't take my word for it, just read the first page!If you love James Patterson books, this one really delivers the rush we've come to expect.Short, action-packed chapters, and it's over too soon.

    This story focuses on Lindsay, but that's okay.Time to get to know this great cop a littlebetter.The opening chapters are riveting.The death of a sad-sack kid leads to a traffic stop where Lindsay and Jacobi are gunned down - and the action never stops.

    The other girls in the Women's Murder Club are largely absent here, and I admit to missing them, but I loved getting a deeper involvement with Lindsay - plus a new member of the Women's Murder Club is a promising addition.

    To those reviewers who don't like James Patterson books, I don't understand why you people bother to review him.For the rest of us, The Fourth of July is an exciting and very satisfying book.The master of the genre is still on top of his form.And I'm looking forward to reading number Five.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Lindsay's story
    Having read the 3 previous novels of this series, I have to say I was disappointed with the 4th.I forgot about Claire and Cindy and when they would resurface along the storyline, I was like "oh yeah, you're part of the story too".It was just about Lindsay, her trial, and trying to solve a 10 year old crime.It was a true JP book:short chapters, twists and turns in the plot, with an unexpected killer in the end.I would definitely recommend it, especially if you've read the previous novels and are planning to continue reading the series.I see some "paths" that could be explored in future novels.

    1-0 out of 5 stars not worth buying
    I read the first three books and this book fell flat.It was so boring I skipped many parts just to finally get to the end.I read the advanced copy and told many of my customers not to buy this book.I recommended The Innocent by Harlan Coben

    3-0 out of 5 stars Gory and Sadistic....Why do I love it?
    As the previous reviewer mentioned Patterson is a love him or hate him type of author.I fall in the latter category.I find most his books to be by an almost nonsensical level of violence and other less specific types of mayhem.I keep reading them because in spite of the lack of character development in his books he is just one of those authors who's work is hopelessly addictive.

    Overall-I have to grudgingly admit that this book is better then Big Bad Wolf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I can't help it, I like this stuff
    As with all of Patterson's works, 4TH OF JULY is on the same level as ROSES ARE RED and KISS THE GIRLS----all equally good books, especially for the beach. In JULY, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is called away from a get-together with her friends Claire and Cindy to follow-up on a crime-scene investigation. Lindsay and her partner Warren Jacobi trail a stolen black Mercedes, seen at two other crime scenes. The plot careens from there in logical but suspenseful twists and turns. The chapters are only a few pages each, so the action shifts all over the place. The one unrealistic aspect of this book that I did not care for was the trial. She had this trial hanging over her head the whole book and yet she never really seemed to worry about it, at least not in the way that most normal people would.All-in-all I found this to be an excellent beach read, the way McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER is or perhaps another fun book, A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING.But a word of warning:You'll either love Patterson or you won't.At any rate, JULY is a great place to start----especially this summer. ... Read more


    2. The Closers (Harry Bosch (Audio))
    by Michael Connelly
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    Asin: 1594830193
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-16)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
    Sales Rank: 4196
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A. - and detective Harry Bosch in this spellbinding new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

    In Los Angeles in 1998, a 16 year old girl who had disappeared from her home was later found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest.The death appeared at first to be a suicide, and although detectives on the case found clues that pointed toward murder, no one was ever charged.Detective Larry Bosch, newly returned to the LAPD with the job of closing unsolved cases, gets the report of a new DNA match that makes the case very much alive again.A white supremacist with close ties to the LAPD becomes a suspect but Bosch and his partner, Kizmin Rider, can't take a step without threatening higher ups in the department.

    And the case turns out to be anything but cold.Everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, and a bottomless well of treachery and danger.Enemies inside the department make Bosch wonder if he's been allowed to rejoin the LAPD only because they needed a fresh victim. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than the last
    A return to form is welcome. Bosch is back on the job. The bad guy is not much of a poker player. One hopes this continues.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In a word, spectacular!
    Harry Bosch has become one of crime fiction's most fleshed-out characters...and he keeps improving with each novel Michael Connelly writes. Mr. Connelly is a modern master.

    Harry has returned to the LAPD, repartnered with Kiz Rider in the recently created Open Unsolved Unit. He remains a relentless, smart, hard working, compassionate, fundamentally decent detective. He is a complicated character---still seeking justice.

    Harry and Kiz draw a case from 1988...the murder of an eighteen year biracial girl. DNA is available from the murder weapon...and they get an immediate match.

    They both feel there are enough inconsistencies in the match's history to question whether he is the perp.

    As they work the case they uncover the crime's heartbreaking effects for the victim's family. These unsolved mysteries can haunt a department...often defining the police force that cannot resolve them.

    Even with the tools unavailable in 1988, it still takes dogged legwork, cop's instinct and long grinding hours to decipher the case. This is where Michael Connelly excels...the calculated progress of Police Procedure 101.

    The suspense is constant; surprises appear at every turn, the entire cast vibrant in this taut crime thriller. "The Closers" is well executed and well envisioned.

    The plot builds in a deceptive manner...accelerating geometrically as the novel progresses. It ignites in a hushed manner...propelling you to the resolution.

    Mr. Connelly is most adept at setting the hook in a most subtle manner...he hides the clues in plain sight as well as any writer. He makes discovering the solution completely satisfying.

    It is easy to immerse oneself in "The Closers."

    3-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
    I've been a Connelly fan for a long time. In this book, Connelly has jumped on the bandwagon that's typified by such TV fare as "Cold Case" on CBS and "Cold Case Files" on A&E.

    As a straight procedural, this novel works fine. But in my opinion it's missing the essential elements that distinguished the Bosch series in the past, the complexity of character and noir LA that Connelly so ably presented as such a rich tapestry. In this work, the issues that have driven Harry previously are only at best alluded to - his troubled youth and relationship with his young daughter, among others. As a matter of fact, I found the most moving part of the book to be a one or two paragraph passage relating a phone conversation he had with his little daughter. The victim in the piece is simply a cipher with no persona, a plot device to further the story. I had no feel for her as a person. Even the resolution of the long-running conflict with his nemesis Irving Irving is accomplished in a basically throw-away fashion, and was clever but unsatisfying.

    This is the least fulfilling Bosch novel I've read in a long time - maybe ever, I'll have to think about that. I certainly miss the complexity of Harry's character that we've grown used to; in this work he suffers none of his usual doubts or ambivalence (the traits that make him such a riveting character). However, as a straight procedural it earns three stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
    I love Connelly's books and this is another great one.Unlike a previous reviewer, I found it a very smooth read.He captures the feeling of LA and the Valley very well.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but.........
    Sorry, but I have to disagree with the starred reviews.Mr. Connelly's plot and characters are very interesting, but has anyone actually read his dialogue out loud?People simply do not talk this way--and real people use contractions!!I became so annoyed with the stilted conversations that I simply could not finish the book, and I was 2/3 of the way through it.Not nearly up to the standards of his earlier works. ... Read more


    3. Rage
    by JONATHAN KELLERMAN
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    Asin: 0739309749
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-24)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 727316
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    4. Honeymoon
    by James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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    Asin: 1586217275
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks
    Sales Rank: 10957
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    The honeymoon is over--now the murders can begin. America's #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever.Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson's explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted--and deadly.When a young investment banker dies of baffling causes, FBI agent John O'Hara immediately suspects the only witness, the banker's alluring and mysterious fianc'e. Nora Sinclair is a beautiful decorator who expects the best, and will do anything to get it.Agent O'Hara keeps closing in, but the stronger his case, the less he knows whether he's pursuing justice or his own fatal obsession. In a novel so compelling it reads like a collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, James Patterson unveils surprise after surprise that will keep readers guessing until the last deadly kiss. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
    Once I started the book I did not want to put it down.I thoroughly enjoyed it although it wasn't Patterson's usual style.I noticed in a couple of the reviews, folks feel Roughan did the majority of the writing.I've never read any of his books; however, after this one, I plan to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Patterson...ah no he didn't write this it'stoo good.
    I liked this book it was a fun read for early summer. But I will say that James Patterson did not write this. Howard Roughan did. Having read Howards other books his style is in this whole book. But this has happened quite alot lately with Patterson. A lot of authors do this, but they do not let the readers know that they have someone ghost writing for them. First one that comes to mind is V.C. ANDREWS, that is REAL ghost writing seeing she has been dead for like the past what 25 years or more. Patterson writes out the plot and then has his publisher give it to another writer to do it and then that writer--in this case Howard-- and James get the money and that kind of angers me because this was a total work of Howard and yet Patterson is getting all the credit. The only books Patterson is working on now are the Alex Cross novels. But, Patterson does have to read this and approve it. But still lets give credit where credit is due...good job HOWARD ROUGHAN, do another book of your own you don't need James' stuff, let him get back to work instead of sitting on his lazy, fat, rich, stuck up ass!!! This by Patterson...ah no he didn't write this..it's way too good to be his.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Honeymoon
    I really enjoyed this book.Although it was not the most original plot, it was an entertaining piece of fiction.While many people may not feel that the story is plausible, they need to realize that it is fiction not real life.The characters were well developed.I did have a little deja vu while reading this book, and am curious to know if anyone else shared this feeling.Several years ago I read a book, "Marnie" by Winston Graham that was made into a film by Hitchcock in the early '60's.The main character was a beautiful "serial embezzeler".In the film she was romanticly pursued by a millionaire played by Sean Connery (in one of his most obscure roles).I was wondering if Patterson had also read this book or saw the movie and was influenced by the theme.Patterson's Nora is a much more sinister beauty than Marnie.If he did "borrow" a little bit of Marnie for "Honeymoon",I really think that Hitchcock would have been pleased with the outcome.The suspense is sufficient to keep the reader interested and the short chapters make the reading easy.I would recommend this book for anyone who likes to read for enjoyment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nora Sinclair
    Nora was beautiful young woman... with a deadly secret. How can one person live two lives in two towns at the same time? What would happen if you got too close to someone? This books is what every James Patterson fan wants.. The Almost Perfect Murder.The book is a pager turner from the start. Patterson has put his brilliant mind through all odds once again for this almost too close to home novel. It is a must read for any J.P. fan!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Die on Honeymoon
    Will u love to get married and kill your husbands?Nora Sinclar do and she just can't get away from it.Why do she kill her husbands?For the money.Did she get away with it?Read the book and see.Perfect book.If u love thriller books.Read this. ... Read more


    5. Serpent on the Crown CD (Amelia Peabody Mysteries (Audio))
    by Elizabeth Peters
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    Asin: 0060760133
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 60993
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    The Emersons have returned to the Valley of the Kings in 1922 and Amelia Peabody and her family look forward to delving once more into the age-old mysteries buried in Egypt's ever-shifting sands. But a widow's strange story -- and even stranger request -- is about to plunge them into a storm of secrets, treachery, and murder.

    The woman, a well-known author, has come bearing an ill-gotten treasure -- a golden likeness of a forgotten king -- which she claims is cursed. She insists it has taken the life of her husband and unless it is returned to the tomb from which it was stolen, more people will die.

    Amelia and her clan resolve to uncover the secrets of the statue's origins, setting off on a trail that twists and turns in directions they never anticipated -- and, perhaps, toward an old nemesis with unscrupulous new designs. But each step toward the truth seems to reveal another peril, suggesting to the intrepid Amelia that the curse is more than mere superstition. And its next victim might well be a beloved family member ... or Amelia Peabody herself.

    A novel filled with riveting suspense, pulse-pounding action, and the vibrant life of a fascinating place and time, The Serpent on the Crown is the jewel in the crown of a grand master, the remarkable Elizabeth Peters.

    Performed by Barbara Rosenblat

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Treasure Brings a Dark Afrit to the Emersons
    As the war years recede, Elizabeth Peters is able to bring the Amelia Peabody and her family back to familiar territory and plots . . . except with everyone older and wiser.

    Set in 1922, you won't find many contemporary references.In a way that's good because this book could have occurred in virtually any year from 1860 through to 1935.

    Magda Petherick is the first of several people to barge in on Amelia Peabody and her family as the story opens.Mrs. Petherick is the recent widow of Pringle Petherick who has assembled a renowned collection of Egyptian antiquities.Mrs. Petherick reveals one of his last purchases, an unbelievably gorgeous golden head that is supposed to be cursed.She asks that Emerson take charge of putting the head back where it came from in order to avoid the curse.She says she has seen a dark spirit twice and fears that the third time will cost her life.

    But Mrs. Petherick is also a famous vampire novelist, and it seems too convenient to be a true story.Could it be simply a publicity stunt?

    Those concerns begin to draft away when Mrs. Petherick disappears and Amelia's household is disrupted by regular intrusions that seem aimed at capturing the head.

    In the meantime, Amelia persuades Emerson to let Ramses pursue his translation work rather than toiling constantly in excavation work.

    Before long, the attacks become more serious . . . and threaten the whole family!

    While no single aspect of this story is outstanding, there is considerable balance in the tale.The narration alternates between Amelia and Ramses.About a dozen characters have decent development in the story.I found that the book built momentum as it went on, and I enjoyed the second half more than the first.

    Elizabeth Peters does an unusually good job of foreshadowing future stories in the series through Amelia's dreams and little hints of character development to come.For example, Ramses finds that he has made conflicting promises to his wife, Nefret, and to another woman.Which promise will he honor?How will Nefret react in the future if Ramses doesn't keep his word to her?The twins have become four-year-old wunderkinds.You can get a sense of their potential to be like the young Ramses and Nefret in the future.With Emerson and Amelia showing no signs of slowing down, things could become livelier.

    One of the problems with recent novels in the series has been that the extended family has become so large that involving them often makes the stories unwieldy.I felt that that problem was greatly reduced in The Serpent on the Crown.

    The book's main weakness is that the suspense is pretty modest because the probable villains and their likely motives are too transparent for the book's own good.But in the same way that you can enjoy a pleasant cruise that takes you where you've been before, the journey can still be rewarding . . . and it was.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love Elizabeth Peters
    I love when a new Amelia Peabody mystery come out I must read it right a way.This one was good as always.It will be very intersting to see how the Emerson handle the discover of King Tut tomb. Like all of Elizabeth Peters mysteries that get brought home if my Jack Russell Terrier see that I have one and it smells new she must hear it to and she listen very well she growls when she heres the cats names but she puts up with them and she like me just love to here what the lastest misadventures of the Emerson clan.As always from the begin you get to certain people that don't seem right and they become number one on the list of people that have some thing to do with what ever the crime is it always fun to take some one off the list that could not have done the crime.The one character that I have a problem trusting is Sethos I know that he may have be refromed be Amelia but I really don't trust him and I really don't think that Emerson or Ramses trust him very much. I still think that he is stealing on the side.And the Emerson clan just have not heard any thing because they don't kept up with trading of stolen objects.I just love her books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Cozy, Entertaining and Historic Mystery
    After nearly forty years of exploration in the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons have returned for another season to dig for artifacts. Intrepid archaeologists Amelia Peabody Emerson and her esteemed husband, Emerson, aka Father of Curses, are rudely interrupted at a family supper when a famous romance writer bursts onto their terrace. Wielding a valuable golden statuette, Magda Petherick staggers into the family bosom eagerly wishing to rid herself of the accursed item that she is convinced was responsible for her husband's untimely death.

    Dr. Emerson's dubious fame for dispelling curses and Amelia's reputation for her medical skills and for solving mysteries have drawn Mrs. Petherick to the Emerson estate on the Nile. Soon after, Mrs. Petherick vanishes. Has the curse struck again? Word spreads of the infamous statuette's location, placing the entire Emerson household --- which includes their son Ramses, his wife Nefret, and four-year-old twins --- in jeopardy.

    Ramses has matured into an expert hieroglyphics translator whose two children are every bit as precocious as he was, much to his mother's delight. His wife is trained as a physician, and both are carrying on the family tradition.

    Nefret's medical skills will be called upon as Amelia faces a crisis that threatens her life. Is the statuette really cursed? Will Emerson's exorcism drive away all, human or otherwise, who seek to reclaim the treasure and return it to its rightful home?

    THE SERPENT ON THE CROWN is #17 in this enormously popular mystery series that spans the Victorian era through World War I. While the series is not strictly a roman a clef, Elizabeth Peters injects so many actual events, famous archaeological sites, ancient rulers, and even real archaeologists into the story that they ring with authenticity. I was surprised and pleased to find a former neighbor, Ambrose Lansing, who was an Egyptologist with the New York Metropolitan Museum in the early 20th century, making cameo appearances in the last few books.

    Peters holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology and recently published a coffee table book, AMELIA PEABODY'S EGYPT: A Compendium, which is part fiction and part history about the Valley of the Kings. Her credentials on Egyptian exploration are impeccable, which makes these cozy mysteries all the more entertaining and informative. For new readers, the search for early editions should start with CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK where the young, single and adventurous Amelia Peabody first alights in Egypt in the late 1800s. Longtime fans have followed her romance with the dashing Emerson, birth of the impossible son, Ramses, and cheered as Amelia triumphs over mischief, evil and an insufferable husband to become one of mystery fiction's most popular heroines.

    In the last five books, Elizabeth Peters has invoked a third-person narrative she calls "Manuscript H," which is an opportunity for her grown son and his wife to make observations from a different point of view. This device allows the reader to see the action outside of the first-person voice, which helps to create a broader perspective on the action.

    --- Reviewed by Roz Shea

    5-0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time In The Valley Of Kings
    I confess there is a real comfort in finding a new book by a favorite author.Familiarity in these cases doesn't breed contempt, but surprise that a writer can continue a series of some sixteen volumes and still stir the interest of the reader.In fact, on reflection, some of Elizabeth Peters earlier efforts were the ones where one's patience was most tried.Gradually, as Amelia Peabody's clan took shape and developed both individual characters and a keen awareness of their own foibles the stories have developed a polish which has never faded in the intervening years.

    The Serpent On The Crown brings us once again to Egypt and the Valley of the Kings, where the Emersons prepare for the 1922 season of excavation and research.As sudden visit in the night leaves Amelia, her husband Radcliffe, and their children Ramses and Nefret in the possession of a mysterious gold statuette of incalculable worth, Emerson having sworn to the woman who left it with them to end the curse by returning it to its rightful tomb.

    Easier said than done in the Valley of the Kings where tombs are more common than camels.While the statuette is unmistakably from the era of Tutankhamon few such burials are known.Undaunted, Emerson sets about three excavations at once, starts investigation in Cairo and even far off London, and even goes so far as to bring in his brother Sethos, the master thief.With great scurrying on all fronts we know that, once again, the Emersons have found trouble, and sooner or later there will be a body.

    As usual in a Peters mystery, comedy and the serious job is investigation mix perfectly.Chicanery abounds, there are villains under every rock, and secrets in even the most barren of tombs.This is a cozy, but a cozy in the best sense, with enough action and plot to carry the reader's interest straight through to the end.For those that are just starting out this book stands well on its own.Peters is quite good about slipping the reader just enough information to keep one from feeling lost.But by all means start from the beginning if you can and get to know one of the strangest families in detective fiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read, As Usual
    The characters are as enjoyable as ever, and plot was entertaining.The Amelia Peabody series is pure escapist reading for me, and yet again, I was able to completely shed my 21st century worries as I read.It may not be so-called "great literature" but it makes me happy.

    I do wonder, though, if Ms. Peters' expanded use of "Manuscript H" is setting us up for the inevitable time when Emerson and Peabody no longer are the main characters?(Which also makes me fervently wish that Ms. Peters is young enough to continue writing the series for years.) ... Read more


    6. The Da Vinci Code
    by Dan Brown
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    Asin: 0739313118
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-30)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 1031
    Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

    In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

    THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Much More Than A Super Suspense Thriller!!
    Once I began this extraordinary book, I could not put it down. "The Da Vinci Code" is so much more than a gripping suspense thriller. Dan Brown takes us beyond the main plot and leads us on a quest for the Holy Grail - a Grail totally unlike anything we have been taught to believe. With his impeccable research, Mr. Brown introduces us to aspects and interpretations of Western history and Christianity that I, for one, had never known existed...or even thought about. I found myself, unwillingly, leaving the novel, and time and time again, going online to research Brown's research - only to find a new world of historic possibilities opening up for me. And my quest for knowledge and the answers to questions that the book poses, paralleled, in a sense, the quest of the book's main characters. What a trip! What a read!

    A violent murder is committed in the Louvre Museum. The museum's chief curator, who is also the head of a remarkable secret society that has existed since the death of Christ, is found dead and gruesomely positioned on the floor near The Mona Lisa. In the minutes before he died, this very complex man was able to leave clues for his daughter to follow. The daughter, a brilliant cryptographer, along with a famed US symbologist, follow her father's codes and leads, hoping that he will, through his death, finally tell her what he wanted to confide in her while he lived. The secret society included members such as: Leonardo Da Vinci, Boticelli, Gallileo, Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau, etc. These folks really Did belong to this society, which Really existed! This is when I first began my online search.

    The mystery, or mysteries, take us through England, France and far back in time. We learn about the secret of the Knights Templar, and the symbolism in many of the world's most treasured paintings, as well as architectural symbolism in some of history's most sacred churches. Of course, we also learn who committed the murder and why - although this is almost secondary next to the real epic mystery the novel uncovers.

    If there are flaws in the plot, I was too busy reading to discover any. That is probably the sign of a terrific book! The writing is excellent and the characters are a bit on the super-hero/heroine side, but who cares? Is what "The Da Vinci Code" proposes true? Well, the research is correct. The historical events and people explored in the book are real. But no one knows the Truth...nor will we ever, probably. I think that some things are meant to be a mystery. With all the world's diverse religions and each individual's belief in what is Divine - the Truth would have to destroy the beliefs, hopes and lives of many of the world's population. So, perhaps, in the divine scheme of things, there are many more Truths than one. Don't take the book too seriously. Just read it and enjoy!

    3-0 out of 5 stars ...and scene.
    Readers of Laura Esquivel will recognize in Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" the same initially inspired meeting of physical science and the arts that formed the basis of her "Swift as Desire." In her novel, Esquivel forged a strong connection between the unlikely fields of telegraphy (as a literary endeavour) and astronomy. In Brown's novel, he begins with an interesting plot that utilizes some actual mathematical patterns in Leonardo DaVinci's masterpieces. Unfortunately, it is a meeting that gets similarly bogged down by the middle with its own premise. While Esquivel gets tied up in romantic psuedoscience, Brown gets attached to a single religious metaphor that eventually turns into a (seeming) political agenda.

    This is a murder mystery in a sense, but feels for the most part like a treatise on women in Christianity. The implications of the so-called "sacred feminine," a religious devotion to female... um... well, we never quite find out why women are so great..., are both too heavy handed and light-weight, and lose their force by the 12th chapter. The conclusion has little to do with the evidence set up throughout the book; and in the last hundred pages, the main character is interpreting almost everything as a symbolic womb. Much like the soundtrack to "Eyes Wide Shut," a movie Brown references in "The DaVinci Code," he takes an interesting premise and beats his audience over the head with it, rather than letting them discover it gradually for themselves.

    There is an influx of new information preceding each chapter's remarkable discovery that detracts from what was an interesting, cryptologically-centered premise with good evidence. I suspect this has something to do with the critical praise that has elevated the novel to "a work of genius". This is not without merit. There is much promise here, and much passion that is just a little too latent, that I couldn't help feeling at points like I was reading a laundry list of cool things that Brown wanted to address at some point. He waits until a critical juncture in the events before unloading vast quantities of symbolic history on his reader- some of which is questionable in its accuracy- and then pulls his characters through it almost as an afterthought. There is much made of the goddess worship by the main character, but in the end this same character spends more energy mentally undressing churches than he does discerning the unique qualities of his inevitable love interest. In the end, we know that she is as smart as he is and has nice legs, but their attraction is a mystery. For all we can tell, they get together because he's a guy and she's a gal and they have matching diplomas.

    That said, the beginning of the book is very good- there are some genuine laughs and intriguing questions that get misplaced. Brown conveys a genuine love for the work and the tangents it takes him on that ultimately prevents you from judging the glaring problems too harshly. Unfortunately, you get a sense that Brown is lost for most of his brainstorming session, and ends up at the last forty pages needing to end the book and not wanting to.

    For more in depth pondering of these questions, read anything by Kurt Godel, or maybe even come back to Dan Brown in a few years. The book was entertaining and I'd be interested to see what more he can add with his current influence.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
    My wife read this book first and enjoyed its mysteries, revelations and pacing, but was uncomforable with its portrayal of Christianity. I share her feelings, but we both agree the novel is worthwhile as a guilty pleasure. The book is cleverly and expertly done. The use of real historical organizations, such as the Priory of Sion, Opus Dei, and Knights Templar give it a serious, true-life sense. The fact that larger-than-life historical figures like da Vinci were involved with -- and even led -- The Priory of Sion gives it wonder. And author Dan Brown has cooked up a clever premise in which the foundation of Christianity would be shaken if the "truth" were known. And so the chase is on, with a symbologist, a cryptologist, and eventually a Royal historian solving riddles and rhymes in their search for the Holy Grail, with the French and eventually English authorities nipping at their heels as they are blamed for an increasing number of murders.

    But what starts out as a fascinating cerebral adventure with a near literary tone can't quite hold that highminded course. What commences as wine and filet mignon dwindles to cola and hamburger. Maybe that's what happens when you cross the channel. The richest parts of the book come when we are in the head of the protagonist, Robert Langdon -- especially at the beginning, when he sees a historical, even ancient, symbolism in practically every object that meets his eye. These roots of our now familiar symbols are fascinating. But when the chase is on and ongoing puzzles need to be solved, they become tedious and even simplistic. The "difficult" clue concerning Sir Isacc Newton and an orb? Duh! And the "unseen" bad guy was all too obvious. Plus, I don't really think the French and English police are as dumb, naive and comical as this book would lead you to believe. However, when Ron Howard and his "Brilliant Mind" team produce the movie, as I've read they will do, I'm sure a lot of these discrepancies will be ironed out. Hopefully, the movie will hold to that rich Mona Lisa atmosphere the book so promisingly begins with. I have faith.

    As for the attack on Christianity, when He was arrested Jesus told Peter to put up his sword. Because, if He needed to, He'd bring down legions of angels to kick butts. That's good enough for me. Meanwhile, everyone should enjoy The Da Vinci Code and take it for what it is -- a work of fiction built from elastic facts, like looking at clouds and seeing myriads of differing visions. Anyway, Langdon's true insights on symbols are worth the price of admission.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, its fiction, don't shout abt lack of authenticity
    I am in no way connected with the history of art or the birth of Christianity, so had an open mind while reading the book. Hey, its a work of fiction, leave it at that, don't worry abt the lack of authenticity.

    The book offers an interesting read, but is jumpy at places when Langdon thinks abt what he taught in class or a penitentiary, when in fact facing a grave situation. May be the author added this for suspense and to keep the reader guessing.

    Having said this, am appalled at the one star reviews, hey the guy has used some imagination, give him credit for that!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Middleweight Page-Turner
    Brown's latest thriller is all the rage this season, and it's a pretty good page-turner. The curator of the Louvre is murdered and intrepid Harvard scholar Robert Langdon (you met him in Brown's last book) meets up with another European girl (this time she's French instead of Italian). Hijinks follow. The historical research is wide, without ever being deep. But it adds a fun veneer of deep mystical somesuch to the plot. Leonardo da Vinci, secret Vatican cabals, Opus Dei, mystical this-and-that. It makes for a fun read.

    As other critics have pointed out, the facts of the book are often muddled and inaccurate, suggesting the research may have been done by one of those credulous sorts who always believes the last thing he reads. The characters are paper-thin cutouts, mere devices who grab hold of the plot early on and cling to it for dear life. The dialogue is silly and predictable. The author's irritating penchant for hanging on to clues and half-clues, doling them out slowly is a device of the B-grade pop mystery novel. Like its predecesors, this book is sort of a middleweight version of Umberto Eco's towering novels. Not too challenging, but it keeps the pop public entranced, sells a bunch of copies, and lets us all feel like we're initiates into some secret society. Bravo -- a lot of fun ! ... Read more


    7. With No One As Witness CD (Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels)
    by Elizabeth George
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    8. Clear and Present Danger
    by Tom Clancy, J. Charles
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    Catlog: Book (1990-05-01)
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    At the end of the prologue to Clear and Present Danger, Clancy writes, "And so began something that had not quite begun and would not soon end, with many people in many places moving off in directions and on missions which they all mistakenly thought they understood. That was just as well. The future was too fearful for contemplation, and beyond the expected, illusory finish lines were things fated by the decisions made this morning--and, once decided, best unseen." In Clear and Present Danger nothing is as clear as it may seem.

    The president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs," decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders Ritter to terminate their unofficial plan and leave no traces. Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence is enraged when he discovers that has been left out of the loop of Colombian operations. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded in an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.

    Ultimately, Clear and Present Danger is about good conscience, law, and politics, with Jack Ryan and CIA agent John Clark as its dual heroes. Ryanrelentlessly pursues what he knows is right and legal, even if it means confronting the president of the United States. Clark is the perfect soldier, but a man who finally holds his men higher than the orders of any careless commander.

    Along with the usual, stunning array of military hardware and the latest techno-gadgets, Clear and Present Danger further develops the relationships and characters that Clancy fans have grown to love. Admiral James Greer passes the CIA torch to his pupil, Ryan. Mr. Clark and Chavez meet for the first time. Other recurring characters like Robert Ritter and "the President" add continuity to Clancy's believable, alternate reality.Thisis Clancy at his best. --Patrick O'Kelley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Covert Operations in Friendly Country: Ultimate Suspense
    The book begins like modern headlines and top stories in the news: a Coast Guard boat discovers several dead bodies on a drifting boat out at sea ... piecing together the scenes ... the Captain and his crew understand the grisly details which became all too clear. Before the discovery, they announce their intention to board the boat, only to find two Columbians who speak little and look guilty as sin. The Captain and crew have the presence of mind to record on film permanently what the encountered. They nearly gag at what they find. Contrary to usual procedure, they create a "justice at sea" bogus trial based on some ancient mariner's manual. It is just the right scenario to create fear in their prisoners which extracts a confession from them that the Coast Guard believes will stand up in court and get them prosecuted.

    In Washington, DC clandestine operations are executed for a secret American plan to use the most talented night warriors the US Army has ever produced to fight the drug cartel in Columbia, on their own turf. The select group all have Spanish roots and were salvaged from a life on the streets, where they would surely work against the system, to build a clean life in the Army ... the better alternative.

    This book shows how power politics, secret hand-shake decisions, and behind the scenes operations occur which could shake up the core values of a country. Clandestine activities work outside the boundaries of national and international law. If they were madepublic, there would be a huge outcry from USA citizens and of the world judgement. It is at this time that Jack Ryan becomes Acting Director of the CIA. The CIA Director is in the hospital with a terminal illness ... The current president has not a clue of how the drug war is being fought and won. He is only aware of the results: drug cartel airplanes are being shot down and the US is winning. It is an election year, his main concern is gaining a positive standing in the polls and withworld opinion. He knows very little of reality ... Meanwhile when the second in command of the drug cartel is discovered to have acted on *highly* classified information, known only to a *select* few, the accusations in Washington, DC fly. An insider investigation begins to discover where the leaks occured ... This book is nonstop action and difficult to put down. Each chapter reveals another complex episode which adds another layer of under-handed deals and shady activity, all of which make this a most satisfying reading experience.

    Although at times this novel is difficult to follow, the subject matter is contemporary and the unfolding events are highly plausible, making it one unstoppable page turner. The planning and execution of the ninja-styled warrior commandos is superb, the covert operations highly ingenious, the political subterfuge and communications are labyrinthine, shocking in their believability. Expect only the best from Tom Clancy ... you will never be disappointed.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    amazing book one of my new favorites. this was my first Tom clancy Novel and i was gripped from the beginning. the detail put into the novel and how in the end everythign gets tied together so well is proof of the authors great writing.

    i recommend this to any Clancy fan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I take some exception to the reviews....
    Well first off, I did not like the book nor the movie, both have enough plot holes to make a swiss cheese look like art. On the other hand, I take excption to some of the neagtive reviews listed here, as some sound very anti-american in their reviews.We being good Americans are intelligent enough to read good books and tell what stories make good patriotism and what does not. We do not have to justify this to anyone who lives outside of the American experience for that.If you do not understand this, TNEN BE QUIET ABOUT THINGS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

    4-0 out of 5 stars an accomplished voice performance
    Veteran voice performer J. Charles is not only one of the most accomplished audio book narrators working today, he's also one of the busiest.Both listeners and publishers seem to know that if Mr. Charles lends his narrative skills to a production it's going to be highly listenable.An example is his rendering of this techno-thriller by the unparalleled Tom Clancy.

    Once again, Mr. Clancy tears his theme from today's headlines - our country's fight against drugs.As the story opens our commander In Chief isn't at all pleased with the progress being made in this battle.So, a formidable team is dispatched to Colombia to put an end to the struggle. It doesn't work as planned.

    Drug lords, as is known, show no mercy and they retaliate by killing civilians.A beleaguered President gives orders to not only end the original plan but to erase it.It should look as if it never existed.

    When Jack Ryan, now Deputy Director of for the CIA discovers that this aborted plan has been going on unbeknownst to him and some men have been stranded, Ryan decides to rescue them.

    In true Clancy fashion it's Ryan to the rescue, but it's a heart stopping struggle.

    - Gail Cooke

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Even Waste your time with this book!
    Clear And Present Danger is OK at points, but the rest of the novel is boring with the CIA work, the action between the Commandos don't feel realistic, the story drags on on for hundreds of pages, the boring details of how big a ship is, that is boring! If you want to read a REAL and exciting novel, read Bob Mayer's Eyes Of The Hammer. Bib Mayer is a former Special Forces officer, the action is there, and is VERY EXCITING unlike this book where you have to go through hundreds of pages to get to the action. ... Read more


    9. 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club (Audio))
    by James Patterson
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    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
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    A #1 New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A US Today Bestseller

    Imagine a killer who thinks: "What is the worst thing that anyone has ever done?" - and then goes far beyond. Now imagine four career women banding together to track down the demented murderer, who preys on San Francisco newlyweds. In this thrilling series debut, the four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner - develop intense friendships even as they pursue a killer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Working together, they have the mettle to follow the leads to an impossibly heart-stopping confrontation with the most terrifying serial killer ever imagined. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Cross, come back
    I love James Patterson's works, particuarly his Alex Cross detective. I like his style of writing - short chapters with the last sentence urging you on to the next. I like his cut to the chase, no frills or extraneous dialogue. So I bought this book with his Women's Murder Club replacing Cross figuring it's Patterson -how can it be bad. The first few chapters grabbed me and I was hooked -even told my book buddy that she'd like it. Then as I read further, disappointment set in. Shock violence, kinky sex (reminded me of Kiss the Girls; the only Alex Cross I disliked) and mediocre dialogue. I can't imagine Lindsay, Claire, Cindy and Jill who were top notch in their own fields would ever do what they did, let alone be able to do it without repercussions from their bosses and companies. The only character I liked was Chris. The overriding sex theme throughout just turned me off. I wish the characters were developed more - he concentrated on Lindsay to some degree and maybe the others will be developed in subsequent novels. However, I did finish the book with its many twists and turns, but will not buy the next one with these characters. I saw on the book jacket that he is writing a new Alex Cross novel as well as the second one in this series. Anxiously awaiting Alex!

    4-0 out of 5 stars 1ST TO DIE - Top psycho murder mystery
    Author James Patterson gives book series psychologist cop Alex Cross a breather and lets four professional women, dubbed the 'Women's Murder Club,' track down a psycho killer of newlyweds. Led by homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer, the women (a reporter, a medical examiner and an assistant district attorney) leverage their respective expertise to decipher the clues of the gruesome nuptial slayings. The ad hoc women's club also becomes a support group for each other on issues of work, family, romance and illness. Lindsay Boxer, in particular, battles to balance a blood illness, a new beau, and her passion to solve the murders.

    When the case is finally nailed down to the Club's satisfaction, it becomes unglued as Lindsay becomes unsure as to the real killer. Another search for the truth leads to a surprise ending, as well as to the meaning of the novel's title.

    The author's risk to try something new seems to have succeeded in this novel. The 'Club' characters are likeable, enduring and memorable, just as those in the Alex Cross episodes. Maybe a strong '2cd' book series from James Patterson will benefit the '1st' series by keeping it fresh and novel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I checked this book out from my local library just before heading out to Hawaii on vacation. I had read another book by James Patterson before (Jester), and I enjoyed it. So, I figured I would try another one.

    The book captured my attention immediately and I could not put it down until I finished. I burned a whole day in Hawaii on this book---beware! (it was that good!).

    4-0 out of 5 stars die laughing
    As a new reader of best selling novels (killing time on my job), I'm finding that it's more fun to read the Amazon readers reviews of the book that you just finish, than the book itself. This was my first Patterson novel, and I thought it was entertaining, and very suspenseful right till the end. THEN I read the reviews! Man! you guys opened my eyes to some major flaws. I do agree how some thought it had too many distractions for someone investigating a serious serial killing spree (the new love interest, the deadly disease, and the women's club issue). Also, the spooky surprise ending did leave me backtracking to see if I'd missed something. But for me the only detail that dampened my enjoyment of the book was the convenient earthquake escape. Everything else kept pace with reality enough for me to go with the flow and entertainment value that best-selling authors normally deliver to you. I will say I'm looking to become as high brow as some of the critical reviewers on Amazon. I'm hoping to find some higher quality reading so I can look book at this book and say it sucked.

    2-0 out of 5 stars boring
    I thought this book was predictable, unrealistic and boring. ... Read more


    10. No Place Like Home : A Novel
    by Mary Higgins Clark
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    Asin: 0743540026
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
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    At the age of ten, Liza Barton shot her mother in their New Jersey home while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. Despite her stepfather's claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident.

    Trying to erase every trace of Liza's past, her adoptive parents changed Liza's name to Celia. At the age of twenty-eight, she married a sixty-year-old widower, and they had a son. Before their marriage, Celia confided the secret of her earlier life. On his deathbed, her husband made her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy.

    Happily remarried, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift-the New Jersey house where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, the words BEWARE -- LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE have been painted on the lawn.

    Determined to prove that she was the victim of her stepfather's psychotic behavior, Celia sets out to gather the evidence. When the real estate agent who sold the house is brutally murdered she is once again branded a killer. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that her life and the life of her son are in jeopardy.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not her best
    Mary Higgins Clark's last few novels have been very up and down. One good, the next one not so good. This was not one of the better ones.The plot was far-fetched and easily figured out.The first person writing was not has good as the rest of her third-person writing and really narrowed the focus of the novel.

    If you want a good book, go back and read one of her early works, but skip this one. I wish I wouldn't have spent the money on the hardback!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than "Nighttime", suspenseful page-turner!
    We were worried after barely plodding through til the end of Clark's just prior novel, "Nighttime is My Time", that our author had lost her charm after passing age 80.Imagine our thrill to discover in "Home" that our "Queen of Suspense" is back in good form, almost reminiscent of her earliest fine work.While some reviewers feel the villain (there's not necessarily just one) is a little too obvious, and our heroine, Celia Nolan, a little too dumb for her own good, if you can tolerate the coincidence that starts off this novel, then you're in for a good ride.

    Nolan had the misfortune as a ten-year-old to fire a gun that killed her own mother and injured her step-father; she was acquitted of murder in a notorious trial.She was adopted and departed for parts unknown, and, needless to say, changed identities.Now her second husband (she's widowed from a first, with a son by him) has bought her a house by surprise, and it turns out to be the very one where the tragedy occurred (right, tough to swallow).Soon a spate of murders threatens to not only expose her past, but Celia herself seems a good suspect for the killings, even though we know she's not.But getting to who-really-dunit takes us down many paths until an unexpected twist at the end wraps things up in a most satisfying finale.

    Clark could always craft a good plot.Sometimes her leading ladies are just so wonderful, we get a little sick of them.Not here: Nolan seems a little short on smarts in a crisis, and for once the cops pretty much know what they're doing.So combine a clever story with plenty of villains to go around, with lots of reporters and busybodies to keep the creative juices flowing, and we have a tale which turns pages fast, always a good sign!We don't know how many books our matriarch might have left in her, but if she can produce a few more like this one, we say bring `em on!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Certainly Not Her Best
    I have always enjoyed Mary Higgin Clark books and waited impatiently for the next. However I was so very disappointed with this latest. It was obvious from the very beginning who the villain was and buying the premise of the plot was impossible. If my husband bought a house without consulting me and expected me to live in it even if I was uncomfortable, he would be the one seeing the psychiatrist, not me. I feel this book lacked the suspense that her books usually provide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the Mary Higgins Clark I remember!
    I have read each of her books starting with the first one. Her latest ones have been very bland. This one is a page turner reminiscent of her early books. Since the chapters are short, I tell myself, just one more chapter tonight, then of course I say the same thing for 3 more chapters. An easy read with many twists. I wonder myself how I would have handled the situation if I were Ceil---a subject I haven't encountered before. MHC's daughter & ex-daughter-in-law try to write in the same vein as she does, but they don't compare with the Master, or should I say, Mistress!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The worst book she has ever written
    I was horribly disappointed in this book.Mary Higgins Clark is not known for deep writing but I can count on her to provide a fast paced, suspenseful, and enjoyable book that keeps you guessing.This is most definitely not the case with No Place Like Home.If you are familiar with her work it will be painfully obvious who the bad guy is from the beginning.The coincidences are too much to take and the heroine left me cold. ... Read more


    11. Cold Service (Spenser Novels (Audio))
    by ROBERT B. PARKER
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    Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
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    When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to accept the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.

    Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign of rampant corruption-it's a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing but compelling
    If someone shoots Hawk, then Hawk must get them back. If someone shoots Hawk when he's guarding someone, and then goes on to kill that man, Hawk must destroy the entire organization--and make sure the man's surviving child makes money out of the deal. It goes to how Hawk defines himself. And Spenser needs to be there for Hawk, because that is how Spenser defines himself. The women in their lives, Susan Silverman for Spenser and Cecilia for Hawk can't really understand, but they do their best (and in the case of Susan, talk about it way too much), but they don't get in the way as Hawk and Spenser set out to destroy a Ukranian-led mob.

    Relying on help from Spenser's manly-man network, Hawk and Spenser soon learn who actually pulled the trigger, but discovering the motive is a bit more complicated. No more complicated than some strong-arm tactics can manage, though. Especially since the police, CIA, and Feds are busy pretending to know nothing and see nothing as Spenser and Hawk put their revenge plan into operation.

    Over the years, the Spenser novels have become something of a caricature of their earlier self. From dealing with complex moral issues, they pretty much now come down to the question of what it means to be a man. Fortunately, this is a pretty interesting and valid question, although the answer that author Robert B. Parker comes up with won't satisfy everyone. Still, Parker's strong and fast-paced writing kept me glued to the pages and made this a one-sitting read (the large print and plentiful white space helped as well).

    I don't especially like the notion that it's all right to just go in and shoot up people, even criminals, because you want to or because it makes you a man. But that doesn't mean that Parker isn't still one of the best mystery writers out there. COLD SERVICE is a compelling story--even if you end up very happy indeed that you don't have friends like Spenser--or a girlfriend like Susan Silverman.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed....again.
    As a devoted Parker fan for over twenty years, I have finally been disappointed once too often and will not buy any more books in the Spenser series.Ever since the "Spenser For Hire" TV series, Parker's books have gotten shorter and shorter, "disguised" by using heavier paper and larger print.Even worse, the Spenser stories have become depressingly inconsistent with a few good stories as well as some stinkers, like "Cold Service".This story doesn't even have any appealing characters, other than Spenser and Hawk, both of whom sound old and tired.I hate to say it, but I think it's time for Parker to retire this series rather than forcefaithful readers to witness their slow, painful decline.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Getting worse and worse ...
    The last Parker I'll pay money for.What a waste.It's sad to compare this to Parker's many good books.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Reading a Spenser novel is better than not reading one but..
    ...this one doesn't make me want to run out and get another one, either.

    I've read every Spenser novel and just about everything else Parker has produced and this one felt tired.

    This book started out so well - the action was moving, the lines were crisp. I laughed out loud and I couldn't wait to open the book back up.

    Then, the psychobabble began. There was way, way, way too much relationship study between Spenser and Susan about Spenser and Hawk. Enough already! We know that they'd do anything for each other - not out of debt but out of male-bonded love! We got that during the last book and the other 15 or so that have had this exact same conversation (except in shorter form!)!!

    Too bad, because Parker's last Jesse Stone novel was the best of the series and his Jackie Robinson back "Double Play" was very, very good. This one was not up to those high standards.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Libraries
    I'm very glad I ran across this on my library's quick-reads shelf, since I'd hate to have shelled out cash for it.Normally I'd give it an extra * for local color, given that I'm from the Bahstan area and relish reading about the same streets I walk or drive down, but even that was pretty lacking in this Spenser, and what there was seemed half-hearted and formulaic.Which pretty much described the book.

    I love Parker, and I love Spenser, and have (or have read) every book he's written on his own (not those with wife Joan), including non-series ones such as "Love and Glory" or "Wilderness", but I agree with those who think the series has become repetitious lately, and shows signs of running out of gas.I don't solely look back to his early (70's and early 80's), pre-Susan, novels .. indeed I think the peak of the series was in the mid-period, books such as "A Catskill Eagle", and even had thought some of his recent books, e.g. "Back Story", were a rebound from a several years' slump.Maybe Parker just runs in cycles, or at random.But even a bad Parker is a good read.

    There are definite points of interest in this one, such as the return of the Gray Man, who put Spenser on a year-long road to recovery years ago, now as a tentative ally.

    But why does every one of the characters accreted over the years have to show up in every new book?Will the Gray Man now have to drop by for scones (not donuts, thank you) for the rest of our, Spenser's and the series' lives?OK, it's not absolutely every character (I don't recall noting that gay bartender from Georgia or wherever, or the gay Boston cop [tough guy Parker intimidated by Republican America?], and Chollo, the LA gunsel, is only mentioned) but it feels like it.

    And why, as some other reviewer pointed out, do Parker's hormonally challenged male characters have to ogle and comment on women constantly; and why are all the women remarkably attractive?And why Parker's obsession with makeup and dress on those women Spenser ogles?

    One thing I didn't notice any other reviewer commenting on is an indication of Parker's (or is it just Spencer and Hawk's?) divorcement from reality -- as part of Hawk's revenge for the killing of his clients and his wounding, he wants to set up a trust for the remaining child, being raised by his grandmother.At one point they wonder, is $150,000 a year indefinitely enough to help out?I know Parker lives in about the most expensive area of liberal, expensive Cambridge 02138, but can he really be so out of touch with the common folk? ... Read more


    12. Plum Island
    by NELSON DEMILLE
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    Asin: 0394583892
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-02)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
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    4 cassettes / 4 hours
    Read by David Dukes

    AudioBook includes a personal interview with Nelson DeMille


    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey is laid up in the Long Island town of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen -- and at least one killer.

    Fast-paced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is DeMille at his thrill-inducing best.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced, Suspenseful
    This was my first Nelson DeMille, aside from having seen the movie The General's Daughter, and I will now look to his books when I want page turning suspense.

    The protagonist in this book is John Corey, a NYC cop who is on leave because of gunshot wounds. He is at his uncle's beach house relaxing when a nearby friend calls to him for advicw in the mysterious murder of a local couple, who happen to be friends of John's.

    The deceased couple worked on Plum Island, known for the conduction of biohazardous and chemical research. While most detectives believe the case is related to the Gordon's discovering and then trying to steal and sell a vaccine, Corey follows another idea, that of pirates and hidden treasures.

    Paralleling information about both Plum Island and the legends of pirates makes this book an interesting read in addition to its level of suspense. Corey is an interesting character full of cynicism and wit.

    My only complaint is that sometimes the book is a bit wordy, and could have been edited down a lot. Regardless, if you want a fast paced, good suspense novel, don't hesitate to pick up Plum Island. You won't put it down!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
    This was a very entertaining read. Admittedly, the first half of the book was slow and kind of dragged along, but the second half was really good and the last 100 pages or so was great.

    The main character and narrator, Detective John Corey, was a great character. I thoroughly enjoyed his wit and found him to be a very likeable and humanistic character. The other main characters in the book were also likeable (except the villain(s), of course).

    Corey is drawn into a homicide case while taking time off from the NYPD after having been shot in the line of duty. Initially deciding to lend a hand as a favor to a friend and because he was an acquaitance of the victims--two scientists from the biological research facility Plum Island--the investigation soon becomes personal as he's drawn deeper into the investigation.

    As this is my first Nelson DeMille novel, I don't know if this book is characteristic of his other novels, but if this book is indicative of his other works, I'm looking forward to reading them.

    For an entertaining (boat)ride on the high seas, I definitely recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars keeps you guessing!
    This is my first book by Nelson DeMille and what a pleasant surprise it was. This is one of the best examples of great mistery novels. It has everything: great suspense, good character development, main character NYC detective John Corey is very likable and could be easily identified with, a lot of humor, etc. It's also quite informative on the some subjects that are related to the plot. If anything, I was a little surprised to read some other reviews saying that the first part of the book was a little boring and the last two pages is where the most action takes place. I actually found first part to be the most suspenful and thought that whole sea adventures didn't need to be covered in so many pages. Still, great mistery novel that is highly recommended to all mistery fans. I am looking forward to other books by this writer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book's beauty lies in the details.
    I have attempted to read this book on many occassions but somehow I have never been able to get past a certain point with all of the details. But Nelson DeMille is my absolute favorite author and I knew that if I just kept holding on the pay off would be big. This book is true to form. It is slow to develop both in terms of the plot and the characters. But once this book takes hold (like all of DeMille's for me) you cannot put it down. The last 200 pages are suspenseful and funny. I should say the entire book is funny even though about death as seen through the eyes of Det. Corey. Why 5 stars if I had to struggle through the first half of the book? Well, DeMille has huge payoffs and this one did not disappoint. All of the details mean something and add to the ultimate enjoyment. I have never been disappointed in DeMille book. So if you like books that slowly place the dots and then connects them (through a sarcastic NYPD detective)this book is for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A fun read
    This was fun. The main character (John Corey) is an over-confident wise-guy detective who thinks he's God's gift to women. His arrogance is funny.

    The pace of the book is very good. It's 500 pages, but it's still a quick read.

    There were a few flaws, but they were minor. Corey is meant to be recovering from a gunshot wound (through the lung?) but throughout the book he exerts himself way beyond what he should be able to do. DeMille fails to explain the origins of a vital letter at the end. Some sequences are not believable, like the speedboat ride through a hurricane, where the characters are still able to carry on a light-hearted conversation despite being blasted with smashing waves and hurricane winds.

    Overall, it was well worth the read. I laughed out loud several times. This was my first DeMille, but I'll be looking for more. ... Read more


    13. London Bridges (Alex Cross Novels)
    by James Patterson
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    Asin: 1586217119
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
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    Alex Cross is back--and so is the Big Bad Wolf.

    Terrorists have seized the worlds largest cities. London, Washington, DC, New York, and Frankfurt will be destroyed, unless their demands are met--and their demands are impossible. After a city in the western United States is fire bombed--a practice run--Alex Cross knows that it is only a matter of time before the bombers threats to the other cities are brutally executed.

    Heading up the investigation by the FBI, CIA, and Interpol, Alex Cross is stunned when surveillance photos show Geoffrey Shafer, the Weasel, near one of the bombing sites. He senses the presence of the Wolf as well, the most vicious predator he has ever battled. With millions of lives in the balance, Cross has to see if the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world can stay ahead of these two mens cunning. ... Read more


    14. The Father Hunt: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Mystery Masters)
    by Rex Stout
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    Asin: 1572704594
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
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    Sales Rank: 32022
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Twenty-two-year-old Amy Denovo needs Nero Wolfe's help. She is determined to learn the identity of her father, a secret her mother scrupulously guarded — and took to her grave when struck by a hit-and-run driver. Now Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, have just one clue to go on: a note from Amy's mother and a box with over $250,000. Seems every month since Amy's birth, her mother received $1,000 from an unknown source and saved it for Amy's future. It's easily enough for Amy to afford Wolfe's services, and he grudgingly agrees. But as the weeks go by, Wolfe realizes this may be one of his most challenging cases ever. Someone doesn't want Amy's pedigree discovered, and that someone appears to wield great power. It isn't long before Wolfe and Archie come to believe that Amy's mother was murdered — and that Amy could be next. Michael Prichard gives another of his masterful readings to this cleverly plotted tale. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars There's no such thing as a bad Nero Wolfe book
    The Father Hunt does not rate at the top of Rex Stout's plots, but certainly near the top for characterization.Wolfe and Archie have never been better.While some would think this is a companion piece to The Mother Hunt, it should be read only after reading Death of a Doxy, as there is a minor tie-in to that book.A young woman has never known her father, so hires Wolfe to discover his identity.What begins as a simple paternity case ends up being a hunt for a murderer.If you've never read a Nero Wolfe novel before, DON'T read this one--start with one of the earlier books.But if you are familiar with the residents of the brownstone on West 35th Street, a treat awaits.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hunt for a New Reader
    Stout's "The Father Hunt" is a very entertaining book with someof Stout's best characterizations.Not the best of the Wolfe books, butcertainly an enjoyable reading experience.I can't say the same for theaudiobook version.The reader (His name I have forgotten.) sounds as if hehas never read a Wolfe novel.He misses Archie Goodwin's narrativecharacter completely, reading the book like a Shakespearian actor wouldread rap lyrics.The reader's only redeeming quality is in his reading ofWolfe's lines, which is tolerable.Book - four stars, reading - 2. ... Read more


    15. The Broker
    by JOHN GRISHAM
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    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
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    16. Night Fall
    by Nelson DeMille
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    Asin: 1586217100
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
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    On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple flees as approaching police cars speed toward the scene. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical mal-function. But for John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, the case is not closed. Suspecting a cover-up at the highest levels and disobeying orders, they set out to find the one piece of evidence that will prove the truth about what really happened to Flight 800-the videotape that shows a couple making love on the beach and the last moments of the doomed airliner. ... Read more


    17. Hour Game
    by David Baldacci
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
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    As a series of brutal murders darkens the Wrightsburg, Virginia countryside, the killer taunts police by leaving watches on the victims set to the hour corresponding with their position on his hit list.What's more, he strives to replicate notorious murders of the past, improving on them through savage attention to detail. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are already investigating a crime involving an aristocratic and dysfunctional Southern family, but when they're deputized to help in the serial killer hunt they realize the two cases may be connected. Adding to the tension is the appearance of a second killer, this one imitating the murders of the first. Soon, the two killers are playing a game of cat and mouse, with King and Maxwell racing to solve the intricate puzzle of their identities-before the body count escalates. ... Read more


    18. 2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club (Audio))
    by James Patterson
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    Asin: 1586212354
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.35 out of 5 stars
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    Master of suspense James Patterson takes us into a terrifying underworld with this second thriller in his dazzling new Women's Murder Club series.

    The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

    Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay's heart.

    The partners in the Women's Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can't be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of his better books...
    Lately, I've been doubting James Patterson's ability to turn out a decent read. "When the Wind Blows" didn't work for me. "Cradle and All" just seemed silly. "1st to Die" was a great thriller, and it is followed by another great thriller, "2nd Chance."

    The Women's Murder Club is back in business when a killer strikes San Francisco, commiting hate crimes. Lindsay Boxer, the newly appointed Lieutenant, joins her pals Cindy, Claire, and Jill to solve the mystery.

    The plot of "2nd Chance" moves along rather quickly, rarely stopping for a breather. When Lindsay isn't dealing with the stresses of her job, her personal life is there to stress over. Her father returns to get a second chance at being a good dad, she finds out one of her friends is pregnant, and she still is trying to cope with the fact that Chris Raleigh is dead.

    "2nd Chance" is one of Patterson's better books. It moves the plot forward with every page, but doesn't feel rushed. It reassured me that the Patterson that wrote amazing thrillers wasn't dead... he was just sleeping. Here's to hoping he continues this series with another strong installment.

    3-0 out of 5 stars "5" for entertaining plot, "1" for stereotyping the women
    The "Women's Murder Club" is back from Patterson's (solo) "1st to Die" -- three professional women friends of our leading lady, San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer. Except for no sex, this book is a cross between "Sex and the City" and John Sandford's "... Prey" series about detectives against serial killers. But unlike the TV show, neither Patterson nor co-author Andrew Gross seem to have a clue about how women think, act, or interact with each other. While some might view Lindsay's rash actions in chasing the killer "to the death" as heroic, she violated every standard police procedure several times: proceeding without backup, failing to call in her location, not waiting for the SWAT team, etc. That action seens unrealistic as does Lindsay just dodging serious injury on each of those instances. The other three of "my girls" do exhibit really girlish behavior and dialogue, hardly what you would expect of any post-adolescent let alone these supposedly high-achieving experts in their respective posts of District Attorney, Reporter, and Medical Examiner.

    On the other hand, the identification and capture of the "Chimera", who seems to be targeting police or their relatives with a variety of deadly sharp shooting (although conveniently not as "sharp" when it comes to our protagonists!) kept me guessing til quite near the end. Even if one suspects a rat early, it's still a well-crafted story, Patterson's strength. Lindsay's father, gone since childhood, shows up for some interesting sub-plot material along the way...

    If you like short chapters, this book's for you, as a span of two to three pages is the most we can muster. Are our authors maybe angling for a screenplay and book all wrapped up in one? - probably you know Patterson has had a fair degree of luck selling his titles to the big screen people...

    Maybe what Patterson needs for "3rd Time's a Charm" or whatever he decides to call it is a FEMALE co-author. We like the foursome in these stories, but we need a lot more credible womanhood than this on display to do themselves justice.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No, thank you
    This is a feminist novel through and through. I 've never aspired to be one and anyone who is makes me very irritable. Get off your man hating horse, ladies. Story is not bad but female circle thing ruins it for me completely.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay
    ROSES ARE RED, being my favorite book of Patterson's, has somehow spoiled me. I expect all of his work to live up to that. And while 2ND CHANCE is good, it's not his best effort. The story, in a nutshell: The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. Detective Lindsay Boxer senses that there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. But doing so, involves a lot of risksThe story itself was great, and definitely showcases Patterson's ability to write murder mysteries. However, there were a couple of things that threw me off. First, something I noticed in the prequel, is that while Patterson is great when writing from the perspective of a male, such as with his Alex Cross novels, he is really horrible at a female narrative. There were some female bonding scenes that were so corny that I wanted to puke. My second complaint could be considered more a matter of opinion. There was a romance between the female reporter and the minister of the church where the first shooting occurred. Although a sexual relationship was never described in detail, it was definitely hinted at. Patterson made this minister out to be so perfect, yet any minister who really was perfect would never enter into a sexual relationship before marriage. I do not know if Patterson did this out of ignorance or if he did realize this conflict and this is why he avoided a detailed sex scene but still left it open to interpretation. Would like to recommend Patterson's ROSES ARE RED and a book titled THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (very funny, suspensful, and well-written) for those looking for a great summer read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad... Not Great
    When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time to reconvene the Women's Murder Club. Boxer and her friends think the killer may be an ex-cop, but nothing can prepare them for the demented logic behind his choice of victims.

    After listening to 1st To Die, I was hooked and couldn't wait for the second installment. Naturally, sequels of any kind are never as good as the first. While the first one was a first rate thriller, this one didn't really keep me hooked and wanting more. ... Read more


    19. The Narrows (Harry Bosch (Audio))
    by Michael Connelly
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    Asin: 1586216368
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
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    Sales Rank: 30160
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Private investigator Harry Bosch confronts the most terrifying killer he's ever known - the monster known to millions as the Poet. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great writing, great reading
    I first read Michael Connelly when I read "The Poet" with Terry McCaleb. I became an immediate fan and read all of his Harry Bosch novels and have kept up with that series and the Terry McCaleb series since then as well as Connelly's other books. I have never been disappointed. I thought "A Darkness More Than Night" with both Harry and Terry in it was one of his best.

    "The Narrows" allows Harry and characaters from "The Poet" and the other McCaleb books to meet and work together to finally eliminate the Poet. Harry's efforts to find out who murdered colleague Terry McCaleb is a thrill ride filled with well-drawn characters and detailed policework.

    Connelly is one of the best mystery writers out there and whether or not you've read any of his previous works, you won't be disappointed with this one. In fact, after reading it, I am now going back to reread "The Poet" and then reread all of Connelly's books. It doesn't matter to me (like it appears to matter to other reviewers) that we now know what happened to the Poet. It does bother me that one reviewer couldn't even get McCaleb's name right (they called him Gerry more than once!).

    If you want a good, fast-moving, well-written mystery, then spend a few hours with "The Narrows". You'll become a Connelly fan--if you aren't already!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply, His Best!!
    I have liked most of Michael Connelly's novels, but until this one, I always thought The Poet was his best. With this one, building upon that novel, Connelly has out done himself. Harry Bosch has agreed to look into the death of a good friend at the request of the widow. Everyone thinks it was a heart attack. Through careful sleuthing, Bosch comes up with a scenario which suggests murder, but no obvious reason or suspect. In the meantime FBI agent Rachel Walling, last seen in The Poet, has been drawn back into another search for the serial killer, whom all thought dead. The Poet was her mentor as an FBI agent and he clearly has plans for more killing. As the story moves between Walling and Bosch the lines of the story intersect and Bosch and Walling, while dealing with FBI higher ups that make your teeth hurt, follow the clues and find the truth. If you only buy one harcover book this summer, buy this one. It is flat, dead great.

    4-0 out of 5 stars my first Bosch book
    This was my first book by the author and for me it was a good read. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes good page-turning suspense. I wasn't aware this was the latest of a series, but that didn't bother me. Some of the plot development towards the end didn't garner four star ratings, but the writer is so good at what he does I could see myself re-reading this book in the future. I'd put this on the same level as James Patterson "1st To Die" Very Good!

    3-0 out of 5 stars I dunno....tries to cover a LOT of bases
    1) Tries to group all past characters and plots from past novels but it seems more like a contrivance to poke fun at Hollywood.

    2) Author is usually terrific at making his books feel like they were conceived and written in one burst of energy, but this is more like a smorgasbord of ideas rather than a nice dinner.

    3) Much of the book reads quickly.

    4) Ending is exciting

    5) Bosch does some decent detective work at the end...although it seems he's a little more lucky than he is smart.

    6) FBI is still stereotyped as a bunch of media-hungry morons...if that's really true, it hasn't been presented with any originality.

    7) I will still look forward to Connelly's next book...as always.

    3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT....
    Alright, THE NARROWS once again proves why Michael Connelly is so successful. With an eye for narrative flow (both in first and third person), and a deep understanding of his characters (not always likeable), he continues to mesmerize. But isn't anybody else out there bothered by this novel's biggest flaw: we STILL don't know why Robert Backus (aka THE POET) killed all those homicide detectives in the THE POET. And now he's back and killing again, but with no real reason for these murders either. There is a slight mention of Backus' stern father and apathetic mother, so we understand perhaps why he's a serial killer, but Connelly let me down by not explaining the why of his victims. Connelly also should have brought Jack McEvoy back, as he was the real hero in THE POET.
    Instead, we get the irrepressible Harry Bosch, hero of many of Connelly's books, paired with FBI agent Rachel Walling, who was a key player in THE POET. Connelly wisely uses the media again in that in this book they mention quite often the movie BLOOD WORK, which is based on Connelly's own novel, revolving around the heart-transplanted cop Terry McCabe. Buddy Longbridge's reference to Jeff Daniels' interpretation of his character is slyly brilliant. Which is a shame..Connelly is brilliant, and this book certainly entertains. I just wish I could understand why Connelly has let something so important be taken for granted without any supporting narrative evidence. Maybe we'll get it again? Anyway, definitely a must for fans, but if you're a new reader, you may be let down a little too. ... Read more


    20. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    by Alexander McCall Smith
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    Asin: 1402541805
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Recorded Books
    Sales Rank: 12257
    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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    This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.”Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter.But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic title has delightful writing
    I read this book, then the second one (Tears of the Giraffe), and can't wait for the next one. Alexander McCall Smith has captured a character who stands not alone, but who represents womanhood and hopefully those of modern Botswana. Having never been to Africa it was a delightful opportunity to read of someone else's descriptive manner at detailing a storyline around a whole of their people. Since I do not have any experience to this observation, let it suffice to say that it intrigued me and kept me reading. The main character was just that, a character. Her life and that of the simple life around her was developed in such a manner that I wanted to find out more of how she thought, lived, and developed her detective agency in such a place. Her main male interest was charming as well. He had pride, depth, and honesty when often we think of those we don't know in far away places as perhaps not being as morale as we believe ourselves to be. It was eye-opening, interesting, and worth the read.

    The sad part was reading some viewpoints from readers who found the book not a "great" detective novel. They missed the point entirely. Her neighbors and clients were charming folks with lives that had simple fears, hopes, and dreams. What more could a reader ask than to have a glimpse into their lives.

    Read on folks, the second book is as delightful as the first.
    Thank you.

    Reader in California

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
    The dry, endless land of Botswana is the unlikely backdrop of Alexander McCall Smith's detective novel (the first in a series) and the beloved home of his creative, unorthodox P.I. Precious Ramotswe. The resilient Mma Ramotswe, having survived a brief, abusive marriage, the loss of her child, and the death of her father, sells the cattle she inherits to start the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (wryly noted as the only one of its kind in the country) and proceeds to deftly handle a string of seemingly disparate domestic cases before getting caught up in the sinister circumstances surrounding an abducted boy. Smith crafts more than a detective in the character of Precious, however, as Precious defies cultural expectations by being a one- woman community service, a confidante for those who need somehow to reclaim their own lives. The novel subtly presents a landscape of changing cultural and gender roles as well as the tensions that arise between those citizens who honor the traditional African family bonds and those parasites that would give the old traditions a bad name. But Smith's hand isn't heavy, and his humor is like a warm desert breeze. Finally, his work is a vibrant celebration of Africa and those Africans who strive for a good, peaceful life. The heart of the book is contained in the epigrammatic shape:
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    The shape of the continent--Precious--Mother Africa--- a good, fat woman!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not so much of a detective as a loving description of Africa
    After the death of her father Precious Ramotswe uses the inheritance to buy herself a house and an office from which she starts the first detective agency in Botswana. Business starts slowly, but she gets a number of clients with problems ranging from missing husbands to fraudulent employees and she starts to build up a reputation leading to new clients. The book describes some of the cases that Mma Ramotswe solves, but the real star of the book is Africa: there are long, loving descriptions of the nature, the people, the culture and the life in Africa and anybody who has been to Africa (and subsequently loves the continent despite all its problems) can use this book to refresh their memories and long back to those real African nights. Don't read this as a detective but as a book about Africa.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A somewhat laborious read
    I wanted to read this book because of the positive reviews it had received. The book was hard for me to get into. I wanted the mystery to present itself sooner than it did. Too much time was spent on the main character's history, which I suppose was to set up the series. When she finally got a case, it was resolved very quickly. I realized that this book would describe several simple, quick cases she had worked on rather than having a main mystery that would serve as a plot. It was interesting to have Africa as a backdrop, but that is not enough to make me want to read other books in this series, the first book of which disappointed me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not so much of a detective as a loving description of Africa
    After the death of her father, Precious Ramotswe uses the inheritance to buy herself a house and an office from which she starts the first detective agency in Botswana. Business starts slowly, but she gets a number of clients with problems ranging from missing husbands to fraudulent employees and she starts to build up a reputation leading to new clients. The book describes some of the cases that Mma Ramotswe solves, but the real star of the book is Africa: there are long, loving descriptions of the nature, the people, the culture and the life in Africa and anybody who has been to Africa (and subsequently loves the continent despite all its problems) can use this book to refresh their memories and long back to those real African nights. Don't read this as a detective but as a book about Africa. ... Read more


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