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1. The Closers
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8. Rules of Prey
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20. Strange Affair : A Novel of Suspense

1. The Closers
by Michael Connelly
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Asin: 0316734942
Catlog: Book (2005-05-16)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 21
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"A city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost. This is where we don't forget," Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is told by his new boss, as he ends a three-year retirement and rejoins the Los Angeles Police Department at the start of The Closers, the 11th installment of Michael Connelly's Edgar-winning series. Having long ago demonstrated his knack for cracking previously unsolved homicides, Bosch is assigned to the newly re-branded Open-Unsolved Unit (aka "cold case" squad), and charged with resolving the 17-year-old abduction and slaying of a mixed-race teenager.

Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life her were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion, and a piece of skin tissue--presumably the killer's--was found trapped inside the murder weapon. Only now, though, has DNA science matched that tissue to Roland Mackey, a dyslexic 35-year-old tow-truck operator with no obvious connection to the deceased. It's up to Bosch, once more partnered with Kizmin Rider, to determine whether Mackey offed Becky Verloren, or was at least an accessory to that tragedy. But the more Bosch and Rider dig into this dusty crime, trying in part to determine whether racial animosity might have been involved, the more pain and resistance they encounter. Becky's white mother maintains the teen's old bedroom as a shrine, while her shattered father, an African-American chef, has vanished into LA's homeless community. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other--now a police commander--is helping to keep the lid tight on some old departmental secrets, perhaps linked to our hero's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin S. Irving.

Understandably rusty after three years sans shield, Bosch makes his share of personal and professional mistakes here--including one that supplies The Closers with a lethal, plot-turning climax. But the greater problem is that Connelly exhausts so much time and effort following his protagonist through the tedium of modern police procedures, that he neglects what readers have liked more about this series in the past: its persistently deft exploration of Bosch's lonely, haunted soul (which remains mostly out of sight in this tale), and the author's frequent flights of lyrical prose (also not much in evidence). Would-be novelists wanting an example of a solidly constructed cop tale need look no further than The Closers. But readers hoping to learn why Connelly is so well-respected in this genre should turn, instead, to previous Bosch titles such as The Concrete Blonde, Angel's Flight, or City of Bones. --J. Kingston Pierce ... 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

2. The Twelfth Card : ALincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels (Hardcover))
by Jeffery Deaver
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Asin: 0743260929
Catlog: Book (2005-06-07)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protégé, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case" -- one that's 140 years old.

The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd -- by all appearances a nondescript, innocuous man, but one whose past has turned him into a killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.

The motive may have to do with a term paper that Geneva is writing about her ancestor, Charles Singleton, a former slave. A teacher and farmer in New York State, Charles was active in the early civil rights movement but was arrested for theft and disgraced. Assisted by their team, Fred Dellray, Mel Cooper and Lon Sellitto (suffering badly from a case of nerves due to a near miss by the killer), Lincoln and Amelia work frantically to figure out where the hired gun will strike next and stop him, all the while trying to determine what actually happened on that hot July night in 1868 when Charles was arrested. What went on at the mysterious meetings he attended in Gallows Heights, a neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that was a tense mix of wealthy financiers, political crooks like Boss Tweed and working-class laborers and thugs? And, most important for Geneva Settle's fate, what was the "secret" that tormented Charles's every waking hour?

Deaver's inimitable plotting keeps all these stories -- the past and the present -- racing at a lightning-fast clip as we learn stunning revelations that strike at the very heart of the U.S. Constitution and that could have disastrous consequences for today's human and civil rights in America. With breathtaking twists and multiple surprises that will keep readers on tenterhooks until the last page, this is Deaver's most compelling Lincoln Rhyme book to date.

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3. Cold Service: A Spenser Novel (Spenser Mysteries (Hardcover))
by Robert B. Parker
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-03)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
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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. The Torment of Others : A Novel
by Val McDermid
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-23)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan return in the award-winning series that is the basis for the hit show on BBC America.

In a small grim room, the body of a woman is discovered, panic and pain etched in her face. The scene matches in every detail a series of murders two years ago-murders that ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of a deeply disturbed young man named Derek Tyler.

But there's no way Tyler could have killed the latest victim. He's been locked up in a mental institution since his trial, barely speaking a word.So is there a copycat?

All his years of experience tell top criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill that there isn't-but that would make the murders literally impossible.While Hill tries to crack Tyler, DCI Carol Jordan and her team must mount a desperate undercover operation to trap the murderer-a decision that will have terrible consequences.

As the tension mounts, a mixture of psychological insight and dogged detective work leads inexorably to a terrifying climax where Tony faces one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best
I am a big fan of Val McDermid but this outing is not her best.A battered and traumatized Carole Jordan is tapped to head an elite squad of ambitious and not completely trustworthy detectives while Dr. Tony Hill leaves the world of academia to renter clinical practice at a mental hospital near Carole.Let the murders begin.Someone is killing prostitutes in a particuarly vicious fashion, mirroring exactly crimes for which an inmate at the mental hospital was convicted years before. Simultaneously, the squad is challenged to solve the disappearances of two young boys.

McDermid is an effective writer however, the serial killer bit was a bit stale.The evil duo bit has been done before and prostitute murders are not all that challenging for the devious criminal mind.The lost boy storywasactually more engaging.

The narration by killer device used in some of her earlier novels was somewhat flat and uninspired here.Additionally, how the brains of the murdering pairs was able to select and manipulate the dumber partners was not explained to my satisfaction.

One of the more fascinating aspects of her earlier novels was the symbiosis of good police work and keen psychological insight.In this book, Tony Hill almost automatically has the answer and has become annoyingly reckless professionally. I actually find the platonic relationship between Carole and Tony believable, in view of their many issues.Hopping into bed would be the worst thing for either of them, personally and professionally, and the tension makes for interesting interaction.Additionally, the author should lighten up on the hot lesbo thing. Okay, okay, everyone with good looks and brains is gay, we get it! It is unneccessary and boring.

All in all, this book is worth the read, but definitely not her best.

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC READ

4-0 out of 5 stars A twisted tale of corruption, sadism, and murder.
DCI Carol Jordan and Dr. Tony Hill are once again working together in "The Torment of Others," a dark and depressing police procedural in which a sadist is kidnapping, torturing and murdering prostitutes.In addition, Jordan and her colleagues are still looking for the perp who abducted and presumably killed two young boys whose bodies have never been found.

Jordan and Hill have plenty of personal demons to exorcise.Jordan was raped during an undercover sting that went wrong, and she has been gun shy about returning to police work since that horrible event left her in shock.Hill feels guilty since he failed to protect Carol, whom he secretly loves.Their friendship has been strained ever since, and they are uncertain about how to behave in one other's presence.

Jordan in now back heading an elite Major Incident Squad.She knows that everyone is waiting to see if she is still up to the job intellectually and emotionally, and she is determined to prove her mettle.The two high-profile cases that she is investigating will test her powers of concentration, her patience, and her ability to command.To make matters worse, there is very little forensic evidence in either case that might lead to quick arrests.

Val McDermid is one of the undisputed masters of the British police procedural.She puts us in the incident room with the detectives, and she makes us feel the pressure that the detectives experience as they fan out to conduct endless interviews, most of which end up giving them "no joy."As the bodies of victims pile up with no suspects in sight, Carol and her team begin to believe that their adversary, the unknown serial killer, is too smart and/or too lucky to get caught.When her boss suggests putting one of Carol's officers on the street posing as a prostitute to attract the killer, Carol is reluctant to go along; after all, she was once asked to act as a decoy by her superiors, with tragic results.Can she, in good conscience, allow one of her own officers to take such a chance?

"The Torment of Others" is also a powerful story of psychological terror. Carol's fears, Tony Hill's weird empathy with the "nutters" whom he treats, and the perverse forces that plague each individual, whether cop or criminal, are depicted with depth, insight, and frightening detail.The novel is genuinely scary at times, and the ending is both tense and brutal.Val McDermid pulls no punches; she is not afraid to go over to the dark side in her fiction.On a more romantic note, McDermid explores Carol's tentative efforts to have a relationship with a man.She starts dating a hunky geologist who may have information that might help her with a case, leaving Tony Hill almost mad with jealousy.

My quibbles about this book are few, but they are worth mentioning.The serial killer who preys on prostitutes has been done to death, and although this time there is a new twist that changes the scenario somewhat, it still is a stale plot element that has been overused.In addition, I found the solution to the crime to be exciting and enthralling, but completely unrealistic.Most readers will need a huge suspension of disbelief to buy what McDermid is selling.Still, McDermid is one of the best salespersons around, and "The Torment of Others" is an eerie, creepy, daring, and shocking story that is as mesmerizing as it is gruesome.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fading a Bit
McDermid enters another solid story into the series.Our characters are at their finest-Tony Hill with all his quirks and insights, and Carol with all her bossiness and desire to prove how tough she is.As a writer, McDermid is excellent!I have no reservations on that score.Her plotting is solid, believable, and always just a bit frightening (even to a police-procedural aficionado like me).

Unfortunately, I am beginning to tire of the series.There are a few reasons for this.First of all, Tony Hill is the only one with any talent on the Jordan-Hill team.Carol bosses everyone around and enjoys being in authority, but she never seems to have any ideas to make breakthroughs in a case.Tony is the one who does the thinking and makes the penetrating discoveries that lead to capture and rescue of criminal and victim.Second, the idea that these two are in love with each other has become incredible since so many novels in which their feelings for each other are clear finish with them in exactly the same platonic position in which we found them in Mermaid Singing.Third, Ms. McDermid seems determined for her readers to believe every third person or so is homosexual-she consistently seems to push her agenda just a little too much for my taste.

I really can't believe two reasonable adults would not have pursued their relationship past step one.The series can be rescued, but the characters must have realistic emotional interaction with each other.Until that occurs, the series will slip into the trite.Her stand-alone works continue to be outstanding, so I will keep the McDermid flame burning.

5-0 out of 5 stars An aching, gripping, fetal-position read
This is one tough book!! Really dark, really gruesome, really creepy, really good!Carol Jordan is far from recovered from the last book and Tony Hill is really at a loss as to how to help her, but decides that proximity is the first step.That's the good news.The bad news is that Carol is put in charge of a new investigative squad whose members haven't gelled yet and who can't necessarily be trusted to act as a team vs. in each individual's own interest.AND they have a horrible and relentless serial criminal on their hands.This is one breathless read.You do need to stop sometimes just to escape the cruelty and darkness, though.I don't even want to think of how and where McDermid came up with this one.It smacks a lot of her first ("Mermaids Singing") but the similar crimes seem so much worse when they are visited on women.This is just heavy with the shock of insanity and yet it has a glowing, redemptive quality as well.It is hard to see how McDermid's writing could improve and yet she manages it over and over again.Now the long wait begins for her next outing. ... Read more

5. Night Fall
by Nelson DeMille
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-22)
Publisher: Warner Books
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John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90's, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the government's "official" position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996. Accompanying his wife Kate to a memorial marking the five-year anniversary of the crash, Corey's curiosity is aroused by what appears to be a concerted effort by Kate's fellow federal agents to keep him--and her--from investigating a case that appears to be closed. Corey's detecting skills lead him to two witnesses to the crash, who were enjoying an adulterous interlude on the beach at the time the plane went down--and videotaping their sexual escapades while what appears to be a terrorist missile attack takes place in the background. What ratchets up the tension in this capably written thriller is what the reader knows but Corey doesn't as he heads for a showdown with those responsible for the official cover-up as the clock ticks down to the morning of September 11, 2001. DeMille's deft touch with a riddle wrapped in an enigma--what really happened to Flight 800--makes his "what if" scenario a more than plausible theory; you don't have to believe in conspiracies or government cover-ups to find his latest engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening. --Jane Adams Exclusive Content

Nelson DeMille on Night Fall: An Exclusive Essay

It was a true story, the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in 1996, that inspired Nelson DeMille to write the fictional Night Fall. Read this exclusive essay for insight into the coincidences that made this tragedy a subject DeMille couldn't ignore. ... Read more

6. To Darkness and to Death : A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Clare Fergusson/ Russ Van Alstyne)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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7. The Narrows: A Novel
by Michael Connelly
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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 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

8. Rules of Prey
by John Sandford
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Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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The novel that introduced Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport-and John Sandford's deft touch for heartstopping suspense... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb debut to my favorite new series!
My wife bugged me for months to read this series and when I finally broke down, I kicked myself for not starting it sooner. Sandford's books following Minneapolis Police Detective Lucas Davenport are some of the best I've discovered in a long time. I'm working my way through the series and loving it!

Davenport is a maverick, brilliant, somewhat-womanizing detective.  I wasn't sure at first whether or not I'd like the character, but I quickly found myself a big fan of his. He's a cocky loner on the surface, but the digger you deep, the more sensitivity and warmth you find. Sandford has done a wonderful job of creating a character who is both intriguing and believable. (If you're hoping to create a mystery series, you'd better come up with a compelling protagonist and Sandford has certainly done that.)

This book finds Davenport on the trail of a cunning serial killer who sticks to a carefully thought-out set of rules in an attempt to escape capture (hence the title of the book). The mystery really kept me on my toes, wondering how Lucas would manage to capture this deranged murdered.

John Sandford's Prey series is recommended to fans of Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, and anyone who enjoys a good detective novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Basic Formula Used Well
There's a basic formula at play in most suspense novels or thrillers. It's not hard to figure out the components: one demented killer, one detective, usually above the law with some interesting quirk or hobby that makes him unique, a love interest or two, the hero's haunted past...I think you get the idea. I always wish that some writer somewhere would break out of that formula but very few do successfully. But on occasion, a writer uses that formula to his advantage and just writes a darn good book.

Rules of Prey is the first novel in what has become a rather extensive series featuring Lucas Davenport, part playboy, part rogue cop, part vigilante. And the Davenport character is a good one. Throw in a generic psychopath playing the part of serial killer and you've got a decent but predictable thriller.

Readers of thrillers are familiar with portrayals of the bad guys and usually writers delve deeply into the motivations behind their actions. One strange thing about Rules of Prey is that Sandford does not elaborate on the killer's motivations. While I was curious what was driving him, I must say that I found the lack of childhood flashbacks and psychological ramblings refreshing.

Overall, the story was simple, neat and effective. The writing was good, the characters far more developed than those normally encountered in this genre, the action fast paced and the outcome surprising. I will definitely be continuing this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars 1st in a series - very promising
RULES OF PREY introduces Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport, on the trail of a brutal serial killer known as the "maddog". Davenport, like so many fictional detectives, is a driven lone wolf who's work puts strain on his personal relationships. He's also a creator of elaborate role-playing games and a lover of (many, in this book) women.

The case proceeds through the usual twists and turns, and the maddog (who gets some POV time in the narrative), is a frighteningly capapable adversary. Sandford never resorts to shock or violence, the narrative logic is impeccable, and this is, literally, a page turner. Sandford's been writing a long time, where have I been? I look forward to reading more. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Top notch - intense and clever - will not dissappoint.
This book is one of a kind. Enter Lucas Davenport. He's a clever rogue cop whos network of informants includes all the people he should be arresting. He makes deals to keep cops off of the crack dealers for the time being in exchange for information. He's a womanizer - sleeps with a lot of women. He also manipulates people like it's his job. He's a guy that earned my respect, though in a semi-strange way. You'll understand.

The plot line is simple enough - the antagonist serial killer versus the Minneapolis Police Squad. Then it become personal as the two brilliant characters (serial killer and Davenport) get wrapped up in the mind games involved with the chase. It's almost cat and mouse, except Davenport doesn't know who the killer is and blindly makes guesses that seem to have some relevence.

This book is intense and fast paced. I couldn't put it down. It picks up at the beginning and doesn't let down until the final showdown. The only problem was the last two or three pages were a big drag because everything had pretty much been resolved in a high impact, hard hitting scene. Oh well though, character development I guess.

You will not be dissappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but unlikeable protagonist
I liked this book because it held my interest and it wasn't like other serial killer books I'd read. However, Lucas Davenport has to be one of the most cliche, least likeable main characters I've ever read about.

First off, Sandford shamelessly makes him into a Hollywood bad-boy. Lucas is rich, because he designs computer games in addition to his police work, so he drives around in a Porsche and wears flashy Miami Vice-style suits. (Clearly Sandford was making the character marketable in case Hollywood decided to do a movie based on the book.)

And naturally, he has rugged good looks, a facial scar that doesn't disfigure but merely makes him look tough, he sleeps with every woman he makes eye contact with (and I've never seen a character other than Bond who manages to meet so many beautiful women just by walking down the street), and, I almost forgot--he plays by his own rules.

This book had me going until, at every corner, Lucas would break the law to catch the killer. This shows just how little Sandford knows about police investigative procedures, as he has created a character who is far too lazy to catch criminals legitimately and instead resorts to strong-arm tactics. If every cop was like Davenport, this country would be a police state. But what's worst is the way Sandford makes it seem like breaking the law like this is necessary to catch the bad guys, what with all the "legal red tape." Please.

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9. Trunk Music (Detective Harry Bosch Mysteries)
by Michael Connelly
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Following on the heels of his extraordinary New York Times bestseller, The Poet, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly brings you Trunk Music, his most electrifying Harry Bosch novel to date-a taut, complex thrill ride that confirms Connelly's standing as one of the premier crime writers of our day.

Detective Harry Bosch is back on the job and working on the hottest murder investigation in Hollywood. The body of a movie producer has been found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls, and to Harry the evidence seems to say it all: it's "trunk music," a Mafia production. The money trail leads from L.A. to Las Vegas, and Harry's determined to get to the bottom of things-but he's making some powerful enemies along the way. And, as if he wasn't knee-deep in trouble already, he's about to take the biggest gamble of all-on love. Mixing business with pleasure: it's the kind of parlay that could drive Harry to distraction...and into an early grave. Vegas-style.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rises well above genre
This is the first Michael Connelly book I read (am currently reading the third). I was interested in reading one that just came out in paperback, but decided to read earlier books about the two lead characters first...good choice on my part. This is the earliest book I could find and was a good enough introduction to Harry Bosch, although I would've liked to have found earlier adventures of his.

It captured me from the beginning with the description of the crime scene and the Los Angeles area locale. The conflict between personalities and branches of law enforcement who should be working together to solve a crime is a constant theme woven throughout the book. And there is a fascination watching as a man's life is pieced together by the investigators.

But the real fascination is with the skillful guidance down the wrong path with the main character and the subsequent twists and surprises. There are clues, but I'm learning that Connelly is good also at tossing in irrelevant information in a way that makes it appear relevant for a time. There's no cheating. There's quite a bit that can be anticipated if the clues are caught.

The characters are stricty three dimensional, with no cardboard characters. Some you care for and some you don't. But they live and breathe.

This can be enjoyed either as an entertaining read, or as a puzzle, a game in which the author plays fairly, and yet very likely will manage to surprise you at least in some of the particulars. There's plenty of depth here if you choose to read from a deeper level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Harry Bosch Novel
TRUNK MUSIC finds Harry investigating an apparent mafia hit on a small-time movie producer. The victim has been found in the truck of his car with two bullets in his head. He was shot from behind at very close range. Of course, Connelly provides plenty of twists before you get to the end. Some will surprise you even if some don't. But between Harry's personal travails and the difficulties of unraveling the case, there is plenty to keep the pages turning. Besides a convoluted plot, Connelly also provides characters of depth and lots of rough edges.

This is Connelly's fifth Harry Bosch story and it's the fifth one I've read. I've thoroughly enjoyed each one and I recommend them to anyone who likes gritty police procedurals. It's not really my favorite genre, but these are exceptional. Harry has developed steadily throughout the series, however, and there are elements that crop up from previous books, so if you haven't read any Harry Bosch stories before, I advise going back and starting from the first. I highly recommend TRUNK MUSIC, along with each of its four predecessors.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm falling in love with Harry!
This is the 5th book of the Harry Bosch series. I've read every one. Michael Connelly has developed a character who is real. Harry loves being a cop. He has his flaws but he continually tries to improve himself. I love the way Connelly ties in characters and story lines from book to book. You definately have to start from the first of the series (Black Echo). I highly recommend this series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good enough to keep reading, yet disappointing
Reading this book, I kept reading to find out whodunnit of course. What I didn't realize was that my suspicions of whodunnit were right from the very beginning. I guess if you read enough murder mysteries, you sort of begin to pick up on the clues that make the story predictable. When things are coincidental, there is probably a reason. When something begins to make sense and fall in place too easily, there is probably a reason. I found the new police characters to be refreshing but tired of the IA inquiry, the boring and rambling dialogues throughout the book and the Harry Bosch greater than thou character. I wouldn't recommend the book. Once you know who the killer(s) really are, the book struggles along and stretches out the story another 75 pages or so that aren't necessary and I felt at the end I should've seen the words, "And they all lived happily ever after".

5-0 out of 5 stars hardcover 1st edition published 1997- a pleasurable read...
After a leave of absence, LAPD detective Harry Bosch comes forward via request to investigate the circle of circumstances involving the death of Anthony Aliso, whose body is found in the trunk of the victim's car, parked on Mulholland Drive. Author Connelly immediately catches the reader's attention with depth, each "clue" leads to another piece of solving this thriller - such clues as the mysterious substance found around the victim's eyes. Each time Bosch thinks he has the biggest lead to the murder of Aliso, another corner is turned, leading to more information that detours Bosch to trail the killer(s).

Is Aliso's wife involved in any way? Are the individuals who Bosch meets in Las Vegas gambling casinos involved? In the process of investigation, Bosch is taken back in time to a former acquaintance, more-than-friend Eleanor Wish. Bosch encounters "enemies" within the LAPD and FBI who "hold" information over him, attempting to deter and dismiss Bosch from the case. With supportive efforts of the investigation team including head of department Billets, and department members Kiz Rider and Edgar, Bosch continues his travails to catch a killer.

Connelly spins this mystery like a smooth operating gambling wheel -- each piece of information, each character, each action, fit into a slot making for a pleasurable, entertaining, suspenseful, intricate and clever mystery. ... Read more

10. Jack & Jill (Alex Cross Novels)
by James Patterson
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5-0 out of 5 stars If Mother Goose had a very bad attitude....
This is my third James Patterson novel, and it held my interest with each page. This book read as two seperate novels, yet each garnered enough mystery and death to keep the tone set and to push the action along. Dr. Alex Cross is called upon to solve two cases at the same time. First, the killing of several high profile celebrities that lead up to the assasination of the President of the United States, and the murders of several black children, whose bodies are found at the school they attended. Even though the cases don't intersect, Alex uses that big brain of his to find any clues available to stop the carnage, even when fate drops him at the right place during the wrong time. Plus, Dr. Cross stays in character, which is the best compliment of all if anyone has read ALONG CAME A SPIDER and KISS THE GIRLS. Another thriller accomplished!

5-0 out of 5 stars An engaging, intense novel full of white knuckle suspense
I'm reading the Alex Cross series in order, and I must say that I think Patterson gets better with every story. In this story, Alex Cross is confronted with two separate killers, one murdering children near his school and another committing political assassinations aiming ultimately at the President. Both of these investigations are handled deftly, with good police work, solid relationships, and very evil villains. As the story unfolds, we meet Christine Johnson who will later become the love interest of Alex (in future books). Their interplay is dynamic and interesting, and the dialog and descriptions and crisp and keep you racing along to a shattering conclusion.

This is my 3rd James Patterson novel, and I must say that he's now one of my favorite authors. You get a real sense of getting to know Alex Cross, who is a very likeable, if driven, character. You get to see him as both the brilliant detective and as the loving father and family man.

This book introduces some very smart, very evil criminals and the crimes that they perpetrate keep you guessing up to the very end of this book.

Read this book, but do yourself a favor and read the entire Alex Cross series in order (starting with 'Along Came a Spider' and continuing with 'Kiss the Girls'). You'll be glad you did. I can't wait for 'Cat and Mouse'...

4-0 out of 5 stars Descent begins
Once again, Detective Alex Cross is the main character in another James Patterson book. As usual, the story is very fast-paced, with quick, short chapters. Patterson knows how to build tension and accomplish an efficient thriller. This time, Cross and his team have to face two simultaneous enemies: the first, a pair of loose-cannon killers, acting in the high-society and political circles in Washington, D.C.; the other, an insane killer murdering innocent children.

"Jack and Jill" is not as good as the previous two books in the Cross series; although Alex Cross is less superhero-like and more humnan in this third installment, the two parallel stories are confusing, and Patterson was not able to create villains and minor characters as well developed as the ones he created in "Along came a spider" and "Kiss the girls".

I understand that "Jack and Jill" is somewhat a milestone in the Alex Cross series. From now on, the books are really a step down the ladder.

Grade 8.0/10

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is one of Patterson's best books I have read so far. The characters are well described and I feel I get to know them very well. But he uses characterers from previous books and it might be helpful to start reading his earlier books first. But it is of course not necessary. I don't read his books like that. The story is great as well. It was a real pageturner, keeping me in suspense from start to finish. I highly recommend this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner...
Jack & Jill proves that James Patterson's previous success with the Alex Cross books are not flukes. Patterson is a great writer and Cross is a fun character.

Trying to solve two crimes at once and see if they are in any way related- is no sweat for Alex Cross! With two story lines going on at once, you won't be able to put this book down. There's no shortage of suspense or excitement. And the ending is always the best part.

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11. The President's Assassin
by Brian Haig
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12. 3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club (Paperback))
by James Patterson, Andrew Gross
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Detective Lindsay Boxer and Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt are enjoying a quiet afternoon in San Francisco when a townhouse across the street explodes in flames. A sinister note signed "August Spies" is found at the scene of the disaster, and the body of an infant who was asleep in the house at the time of the explosion cannot be found. Soon a wave of violent incidents, all with links to political terrorism and involving "August Spies," sweeps through the city. An upcoming economic summit of the world's most powerful nations will surely be a target. And it's up to the Women's Murder Club to get to the bottom of the violence before it's too late. Delivering the breakneck pace and never-saw-it-coming plot twists that have made James Patterson the most addictive writer at work today, 3rd DEGREE is another searing and unforgettable thriller from the nation's #1 bestselling suspense writer. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars 3rd time, not the charm
3rd Degree by James Patterson.

In this, the third book featuring the Women's Murder Club the story follows tough homicide detective Lindsay Boxer, as she struggles through a burning fire, apparantly started by 'August Spies' in an apparant terrorist attack. Starting a terrorism investigation, bringing in Deputy Director Joe Molinari of Homeland Security. Through all this Boxer also struggles through her deep feelings for good friend Jill Barnhardt, whose perfect marriage isn't so perfect after all.

This book truly was a matter of struggles. First you have to struggle with the slow pace of the book. It became almost painful to watch as Boxer was unable to put together simple concepts and come to clear conclusions.

The story, which actually became quite intereseting over the last 10 chapters, was stretched too thin. In fact, while reading this book, it felt as if Patterson just couldn't be bothered to write a compelling story. Rather, he wrote a novella length story and just fleshed it out, taking far longer to get interesting.

If you're stuck in an airport, with few other choices, you will want to pick this up. Otherwise, you should stick to more compelling stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Third in Women's Murder Club series is a shocker!
Back from "1st To Die" and "2nd Chance", the Women's Murder Club finds terror in unexpected places in this third outing. Starring San Francisco PD Homicide Lt. Lindsay Boxer, friends newspaper reporter Cindy, Medical Examiner Claire, and Asst. District Attorney Jill have somewhat larger roles than the light supporting cast they portrayed in the two earlier books. We're also glad to see the adolescent dialogue from the last pairing of Gross and Patterson was replaced by much more meaningful interactions between the foursome. (We might quibble that it's an unlikely group from the viewpoint of a three-way conflict of interest: cop, DA, and reporter). Keeping in touch with modern times, involvement by Homeland Security personnel and a plot that featured seemingly random acts of terror gave the novel an up-to-date tone. And two subplots, involving spousal abuse of Jill, and a love interest between Boxer and Molinari, the Homeland guy, added to the torrid pace of the main and complex mystery for which Patterson is well known.

When a home is bombed and then a death by deadly chemical is followed by another bombing at a mall, it's clear that some group is out for revenge. We get to meet a few of the bad guy players from some first person dialogue of their own, but their identities are not all revealed until the somewhat surprising ending. The usual short chapters (111 in like 340 pages), plus a lot of blank pages from five Parts, make the book little more than a two hour blitz. But the shock comes from a direct attack on one of the club members, nothing new to the other novels in the set.

This series may not be quite as hard core as Patterson's more movie-oriented thrillers, but the generally likable heroine and her friends, along with a suspenseful storyline, is quite good enough for an enjoyable read. You might want to save it for the beach!

4-0 out of 5 stars I JUST LOVED IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Tale From the Number One Writer of Suspense
If you liked the previous stories in this series (1st To Die and 2nd Chance), you should love this one. It has the same women, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, of the San Francisco police, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas. It has Patterson's brief chapters, terse dialog, and headlong rush through a tale of danger and suspense, It grabs you in the first chapter. As Lindsay Boxer jogs past a townhome, it explodes into a mass of fire, killing a corporate CEO. Three days later, another executive is poisoned, and the police find that they face a gang of terrorists that promise to kill every three days. The terrorists are smart, clever, and ready to strike back at the police. From this recipe, we get an intense story that races to a climax.

5-0 out of 5 stars Minus 1 for the Club
This book was great. I have the unabridged CD. This really thrill me. The sound effects were awesome. Way to go James.

I was however so disappointed when we lost Jill. So now where do we go from here. We really got the 3rd Degree in this book.
I love all the ladies in the Women's murder club. So now lets get to the 4th is a charm. I can't wait. I read 1st to Die and
2nd Chance. So I had all the information on all the ladies.

Keep up the good work. I have most of your books in hardcover. And some of the books I also have on CD and tapes. I also like that in some of the audio books you have two readers. It adds much suspense to the story. I collect all your books.

Thanks for keeping me in suspense and this was a real page turner.

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13. Dead Run
by P. J. Tracy
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The overwhelming response to Live Bait proved P. J. Tracy's second novel was no fluke. The Chicago Tribune said it best: "Tracy is a writer who can walk that thin line between humor and serious crime without sacrificing the needs of either side." For fans craving electric suspense, high-energy banter, and intricate plotting, the wait is over: Dead Run has arrived.

Monkeewrench founders Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky, along with Deputy Sharon Mueller, are driving from Minneapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where they believe a new serial killer is just warming up, when their car breaks down, deep in the northern woods, far away from civilization and cell towers. A walk through the forest leads them to the crossroads town of Four Corners, where they had hoped to find a landline and a mechanic, but instead find . . . absolutely nothing.

Something terrible has happened in Four Corners, and the complete absence of life and severed phone lines in every building make it impossible to get help. Grace, her senses honed by a lifetime of justifiable paranoia, sees the sinister in every detail, and her intuition barely saves all three of them when they witness a horrifying double murder. Grace, Annie, and Sharon are suddenly running for their lives, while the rest of the Monkeewrench crew, along with Minneapolis copsLeo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, strike out on a blind search to find them.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action.
A slight negative is that one really should read the previous two books first to learn who the characters are, as this book depends more on action than character development. But the characters are fun, the dialogue great and the action non-stop.It's an exciting ride and I'll definitely be there for the next adventure.If you're looking for the perfect Sunday or airplane book, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars dead run
You must read these books in order - Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run. It took me three days to read the first two books, and I'll be up all night reading the third.I pray there's another one soon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yes, but
It is good.But different from the previous two, and I didn't enjoy it as much.Though I am certainly looking forward to the next one.I just hope it's more like the first two. Still, they are definitely THE up and coming writersin the mystery genre. Check out Edward Wright also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book from P.J. Tracy
I have loved all of P.J. Tracy's books.This is no exception.She has a colorful list of characters who will have you laughing from time to time in the book with their dialogue.These characters are unique and you will think about them long after you finish the book. Tracy has a great ability to make the dialogue real, and there is definitely a sense of humor that you will enjoy. The author sets up a thrill ride of adventure with the clock ticking on Grace, Annie and Sharon.Of course Harley and Roadrunner are not far behind!This is a great read!Just wish Tracy would write faster!

5-0 out of 5 stars This run deserves a gold medal!

The mother daughter writing team known at P.J. Tracy have given us another nail-biting, can't-stop-reading thriller.Athough I didn't feel Live Bait was as good and the duo's first mystery: Monkeewrench, Tracy is back on fire with a superb sizzler that is hot as the Wisconsin summer where the story takes place.
The whole entire colorful ensemble is back from Monkeewrench: Grace, Roadrunner, Harley, Annie, Sharon, Magozzi, and Sheriff Halloran and this time they are investigating what appears to be the disappearance of an entire town with the girls on the run for their lives.
Like Monkeewrench, this one will keep you awake at nights!
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14. The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Novels)
by James Patterson
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Alex Cross' family is in terrible danger--at the same time that his new job with the FBI brings him the scariest case of his career. A team of kidnappers has been snatching successful, upstanding men and women right before their families' eyes--possibly to sell them into slavery. Alex's knowledge of the D.C. streets, together with his unique insights into criminal psychology, make this mindbending case one that only he can solve--if he can just get his colleagues to set aside their staid and outdated methods. With unexpected twists and whiplash surprises, this is another brilliantly irresistible novel from America's bestselling suspense writer. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars First Time Patterson Reader
This was my first James Patterson book. But, since I liked the "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider" movies, I thought I'd give it a try. Especially since the books are usually better than the movies.

I have to say I really enjoyed his style of writing. I unfortunately already had the character of Alex Cross pictured as Morgan Freeman, but that's okay, there wasn't any detail to describe him in this book anyway. Smooth read, easy to follow, not too much detail to bore you. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read some of the early Alex Cross novels.

My only complaint, like everyone else, the ending. I read this thing religiously and towards the time the back pages started thinning out, I began to realize the end was going to disappoint me. Just seemed like he ran out things to write or lost his storyline. I'm not giving up, though. I still loved reading it and he has the right to end his books however he wants. They are his books, we just love to read them! 4 Stars ****

4-0 out of 5 stars Good thriller!
I enjoyed the heck out of this, probably more so cause I just finished "Sam's letters to Jennifer" and it did nothing for me. While this is not the best Alex Cross novel it was still nice to be back in familar territory! If you like the Cross novels you should enjoy this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Top two
My all-time favorite Patterson is KISS THE GIRLS. I loved this book up until the end. There was no conclusion. Hopefully Patterson is continuing this book and the battle between Alex and the Wolf. It was a page turner from the start. I would rate it as one of my top 2 Patterson books aside from Kiss the Girls, of course. Also try a book called "Bark of the Dogwood" for a really good read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent audio book
First, let me praise the audio recording of this book.
Both actors were fantastic. The first-person reading of agent Alex Cross was phenomenal and the other characters were also skillful and convincing. Audiobooks have come a long way. This was full-fledged theater.

Now, the book itself. Yes, it was cheesy. Yes, it was a bit dopey. But did you expect otherwise?
It kept my interest, it was fast-paced, it was everything I expected it to be.
Was it filled with cliches? Yes. Did the descriptions of Cross's family life grow tiresome? Yes. Was the ending contrived? Sure.
But it's not like you pick up James Patterson to read great literature.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a happy ending
I agree with most of the reviewers that this is not the best of JP's books , but even so, this book will keep you reading, it is a very fast read and you will be interested in each page, the story about the Red Mafia could be real; anything in these days could be real.The book has some unsolved murders that I think is just to give the Wolf more power. Why didn't they use Elizabeth to know exactly who the Wolf was?
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15. Shadow Prey
by John Sandford
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Lucas Davenport goes on a city-to-city search for a killer with a grisly m.o.--he slashes his victims' throats with an Indian ceremonial knife. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Early Prey = Good Prey
In this second "Prey" novel, the Crows and their son, Shadow Love, are out to settle an old score with the Director of the FBI for sins he committed years ago. Lucas Davenport, Minneapolis-St. Paul detective and new father, is assigned to work with attractive Lily Rothenberg, an NYPD detective, as they hunt a killer who uses an obsidian knife with special meaning and power to Native Americans. John Sandford creates a powerful, action-packed thriller that deftly combines the two plot lines as he continues to build the strong and complex character of Lucas Davenport in this second Prey novel and sequel to "Rules Of Prey". Highly recommended (especially if you've never read any of Sandford's or John Camp's earlier work).

2-0 out of 5 stars Weakest of the Prey
This book is a bit disappointing. It's the weakest of the series so far, I just plugged away at it, hoping to get through it as soon as possible. I didn't like the premise of several murderers working together, the whole "Indian" angle bored me. Didn't really care for the introduction of Lily as well. Lucas seems obsessed on every second page of getting in her pants, and this takes aways from the plot, just plain distracting, considering I didn't really care about the murders anyway. Normally I just love Davenport, but his behaviour this time and his motivation just are not up to standard. Skip this one and head to one of the other better books of the series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Indian prey
John Sandford's Minneapolis cop, Lucas Davenport, can't decide if he wants to stay with news-woman Jennifer and their baby-girl Sarah. When politicians start to get killed by Native Americans, it soon becomes clear, that something more than "just" random killings is going on. When a high profile politician from New York is killed, and it looks like the killer is headed towards Minneapolis, female cop Lily Rothenburg is sent there to crack the case. Lucas Davenport quickly finds himself very attracted to Lily, and while they try to solve the case, and more people gets killed, they also start an affair.
In the shadows, throughout the book, lurks a scary Native American called Shadow Love, and his Fathers, the Crows, who are the masterminds behind the killings, which are parts of a much greater scheme.
The stpry does not flow as easily as the other books by John Sandford, and I was in fact a bit disappointed by this one. The last 150 pages are quite good, though, but it does take a while before the story gets going. The main plot, served already at the first pages, is however interesting, and it is hard not to develop some sort of sympathy with the Crows and their case, regardless of their methods. There is a lot of politics in this book, and that may have been why I wasn't that excited about it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Who is Shadow?
This time Lucas will encounter hostile Indians and bizarre killings. Three killings with the same death blow but nothing else in common. Or so it seems. As Lucas searches for a
common denominator he encounters Shadow love. This man will die for his cause rather than be caught by the police. He is a Indian who feels that certain people have done his people wrong. They either stole their land, squander their money or pass laws that hinder their right to practice their customs and beliefs. Sanford writes another stellar novel with real human concerns and more insight into davenport's love life. In the end, justice is served just not the typical justice that the courts uphold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one!
Those of you who loved "Rules of Prey" will not be disappointed with Sandford's second installment in his "Prey" series. Taking a different direction from the first one, this book follows Lucas' pursuit of a group of Indian terrorists (Native American, not people from India) who have been murdering oppressors of the Indian community. I loved this book and the whole concept on which it is based. I particularly enjoyed the villain, Shadow Love, a psychotic member of the group who would rather kill anyone he feels deserves to die. The only thing I didn't like about this book was its portrayal of FBI agents as arrogant screw-ups who like to horn in on the cops' investigations. That stereotype is just a Hollywood cliché that has managed to perpetuate every police book/movie in history. Other than that, the book was an exciting read, easily one of the best. ... Read more

16. Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Novels)
by James Patterson
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The Mastermind is a deadly criminal who orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their precise demands - and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly.Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, promptly getting under The Mastermind's skin, who makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross and his entire team.The team, which includes an attractive FBI agent named Betsy Cavalierre, faces pressure on every front right up to the shocking and explosive climax. Patterson, author of seven national bestsellers, is a past winner of the prestigious Edgar Award.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disappointing
Having read several other Patterson novels prior to this one, I thought I knew what I was getting: an interesting plot with servicable writing and characterizations no deeper then needed. Alex Cross is such a fantasy figure that one cannot and should not approach these novels as realistic. However, Roses are Red did not even come up to my low expectations. Jurisdictional issues -(DC cops,NY cops, and FBI agents all working together with never any tension) - family issues (traumatized fiancees and brain tumors) as subplots that add nothing to the story - and worst of all - bad plotting. It appears nothing the cops do, especially Alex, results in moving the investigation forward - with one exception. But it all comes to nothing with the ending - one of the worst endings of a book I have ever read. I struggled through this book just to see how it ended and I got twist after twist after inexplicable twist. And to make it even more insulting, Patterson doesn't even hint at how his ending is even possible. Is this some crass attempt to make me buy the sequel? Patterson is populating his world with criminals who keep coming back: Soneji, the Weasel, and now the Mastermind. It's beginning to look like Cross isn't such a good detective after all. And as for Cross being African American -- if someone were reading this book quickly, I doubt they would even know Cross was black. For a look at what Washington DC is really like and at the issues of race in our city, read George Pelecanos.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Pattersons best
The plot in the latest Alex Cross novel revolves around the "Mastermind", the leader of a group of bank robbers that like to murder the bank employees as well as their families. Alex joins up with FBI agent Betsey Cavalierre in the hunt for the Mastermind as the crime spree escalates. The closer they get to catching him, the more bold he becomes, proving himself to be quite a twisted character. To add to Crosses problems, his daughter falls victim to a mysterious illness, and his girlfriend is leaving him. As always Cross is a likeable central character, and the plot is fast paced, helped along by quick moving chapters. However there are some dull moments, and at times it is somewhat unbelievable. There is also some cheap manipulation in trying to mislead the reader as to the identity of the mastermind. The actual identity of the Mastermind will come as a shock to most readers, however I am not sure if I really bought it. Overall it is a very easy, and mostly interesting read, but Patterson is capable of something much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Patterson's best
I prefer Patterson's earlier work to his latest. Rose Are Red is one of his better novels. Roses are Red" is about a detective named Alex Cross, who is well acknowledged by the FBI and is known for his god and detected work. Alex Cross always solves his cases with no problems. When a spree of bank robberies occur in Washington DC , Alex is put on with one lead, a man that goes by the name of the Mastermind.

The Mastermind hires bank robbers to kill employee's of the bank if the schedule is not followed for the robberies. After these killers have done the dirty work for the Mastermind and has gathered the stolen money, the Mastermind poisons his workers with Chianti and pizza. To make the case even more twisted, the mastermind sexually violates dead females whom he has killed after their bodies are twisted and mutated.

While Alex Cress helps to find this creep, he has a crisis at home with his family. Alex has a lot of weight on his shoulders and the case is getting tougher. But that is just what the Mastermind wants, as he plans his last attempt, which must be perfect. Alex starts to crack down on the case and finds a suspect, could it be him? The mastermind? Good guess Alex but, not good enough. The Mastermind has made it tough. Can Alex solve this case in time?

The book " Roses are Red" is like a speeding train, with no breaks. It keeps going and going and finishes with a crashing ending. It hits you in the part of the mind you never know you had. If you like a book that you literally cannot put down, " Roses are Red" is an excellent choice by many, and is one of my favorites from James Patterson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alex Cross at it again
For some reason I never get tired of Alex Cross and the incredible situations and antics that Patterson dishes out. Perhaps it's his ability to pull us into the story, head first, or perhaps it's his knack for writing believable situations and characters. For which ever reason, I never fail to enjoy his books, especially the "Cross" ones. Of the three books I've recently read (Da Vinci Code, Bark of the Dogwood, and this one), "Roses" is by far my favorite. The other two are great also, but the Alex Cross series really does it for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT'S A SERIES!!!
This is absolutely, positively without a doubt James Patterson's best book. The plot, the twists, everything leading up to an incredible, unbelievable ending.

Reading through the reviews of this book, I have seen people complain about this book not being good because to be as shocked by the ending as one should be, one would have had to read the entire series before it.


So, while you don't HAVE to read the previous books in the series first, it is helpful. But, the book will still shock you without reading the others first as it literally comes down to the last sentence of the book.

In short, read this book. ... Read more

17. Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross Novels)
by James Patterson
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A missing little girl named Maggie Rose. A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him-even after he's been captured.

Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He's so popular that the kids all call him "Mr. Chips." And he's very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them-he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He's done it before. Hundreds of times before.

Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality-one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?

Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars James Patterson is one of the best mystery novelists in US
At first, watching the brutality and tragery happened in NY, and reading the crimes in this book, I wish those should disapper.

1. Which is first, chicken or egg?
The part descibing on possibility of multiple character in Gary Murphy/Sonjei, reminded me of the movie, Primal fear in which Edward Norton deceived Richard Gear so amazingly. So many books recenly are published aiming for Hollywood movie, or many mystery novels and movies look like relatives. Where is the creativity? Among books and movies, I just found only 'Sixth sense' to prove the author's creativty.

2. The detailed and long desciption on the romance made me lost in following the kidnapping case. I think this targeted for the reversal in relationship, but which is a little boring.

Although, I gave this book 4 stars.
Because the character of Alex Cross, which is now confused with that of Morgan Freeman (He's too COOL though old), is so realistic and appealing to attract and deserve many people's affection. And one more, I cannot put aside the book and read the last 20-30 pages holding breath.

James Patterson is one of the best mystery novelists in US.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another good Cross thriller
This is my second Patterson-Cross book, after "Kiss the girls", which I really liked. Both are part of a series featuring the psychologist-detective Alex Cross, a tough Washington DC cop.

"Along came a spider" is an interesting book. It's the first one in the "Cross series", where the readers are introduced to the main characters that will make part in the series, like Cross, his partner Sampson, Cross family, etc.

Patterson has a very peculiar style of narrative. His chapters are usually short, wich makes the reading very fast-paced and thrilling. Also, Patterson has two kinds of narrative: one in the first-person where we see what Alex Cross is experiencing and believing, and it's a very personal and one-sided narrative; the other style is in third person, where the reader follows the steps of the main suspect of the crime the story is about. So, to be clear, we KNOW who the killer/murderer/kidnapper/whatever is from the very beggining. Does this spoil the plot or the reading? No! Patterson is master in delivering sub-plots, twists, nuances about characters along the book, all very interesting, and they make the pursuit/manhunt very enjoyable.

In "Along came a spider", Gary Soneji is the kidnapper fanatic about the Lindberg case, who intents to make history by taking away two very important children. Cross and his teammates in DC Police, FBI and Secret Service have to stop him before he strikes again. This is just the first plot of the story, and it keeps changing every ten or twenty chapters.

One thing I found annoying, though, is that Patterson made Cross something like a super-human being. There were times when I thought Cross was virtually invincible. But that is something minor.

What really matters is that Patterson created believable characters in one really good thriller. I will surely read the other books in the series, and I'm waiting for Patterson's incursion in medieval times "The jester".

Grade 8.8/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Suspense, drama, danger -- all wrapped in a good story.
Another great book by James Patterson. The story and characters were complex and the situation plausible.

How well do we know the people in our lives -- particularly the ones who are involved with our children is the crux of the story, and that is thought provoking -- as it should be.

Highly recommended. 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alex Cross won't be forgotten
I read this book a few years back, and recently saw the movie. I'm such a fan of Patterson's, I wanted to include my review.

In the first of the Alex Cross series, this story is a race against time to find a kidnapped girl of a famous actress. Cross is called in to help, and in only the way he can, he finds his way to the end of this suspenseful ride. Not only will you enjoy the writing which propells the suspense and mystery, but you'll also enjoy the character development. It leaves you wanting more of Alex Cross, one of my most favorite detectives of all time!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers. I'll warn you though, like me, after you read this book, you'll be off to the store or library to pick up many more books by James Patterson.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Like all Patterson novels, the chapters are short, there's sex and violence, and the story is superbly told. What more could you want? If you haven't read any of Mr. P's novels before, this one is a good place to start. It features Alex Cross, as do almost all of his books, who is working on a case of kidnapping. And as if one kidnapping were not enough, Patterson gives us more than that. There's love story inbedded within the plot (Patterson knows his audience) and enough thrills to keep you turning the page well into the night. But the most amazing thing about ALONG CAME A SPIDER as well as many other Patterson books, is that not only is it a thriller in the real sense, but psychologically as well. (...) ... Read more

18. Rapture in Death (Eve Dallas Mysteries (Paperback))
by J. D. Robb
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Each murder victim died smiling. The only one who isn't grinning is New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas--because she's got to find out why. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mind bending murder
This book is so clever! Ostensibly a murder mystery set in the year 2058 where the victims are somehow being enticed to commit suicide. However the author has written in a terrific and subtle subplot. The murders are being investigated by New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas. Only married 3 weeks Eve and her husband Roarke's relationship is tested at a fundamental level by the machinations of a mood controlling sound engineer. In the other books in the series Eve relies on Roarke's presence in order to fulfil a need as basic as good night's sleep so it is only fitting that in Rapture in Death it is Eve who gives Roarke the strength to come through their dilemma. Eve solves the murders in her usual way - by getting it wrong!! However that hasn't stopped me buying all seven books in the series and placing an order for 'Conspiracy in Death'. Nora - I think you're brilliant but I can't imagine how you cope with that sort of output!!!

Voice performer Susan Ericksen is both compelling and convincing in her reading of this fourth book in the "In Death" series by noted author Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb. As was the case with the three previous tales, "Rapture In Death" is a skillful blend of mystery, romance and hi jinks.

While Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows her way around her New York precinct and has seen what few can imagine, she's not come up against three apparent suicides - a sharp engineer, a questionable attorney, and a maybe, maybe not politician.

Is it possible that someone or something is causing these people to take their own lives? What does our intrepid detective discover as she probes the lives of the lately departed?

It's the year 2058 and Eve is supposed to be on her honeymoon with her new spouse at a resort on another planet. After all, this is 50 years hence so we can add sky glides, increased life spans, and the other someday-will-bes that we now read about in sci-fi.

The addition of techno thrills spices her story as Roberts spins another spellbinding yarn. This is a good one to listen to while curled up by the fire on a cold winter's night.

- Gail Cooke

4-0 out of 5 stars Even honeymoons have to end
The previous novel dealt with the preparations for the wedding between Eve and Roarke, and the "minor" inconvenience for the former of having to keep her best friend, Mavis, out of jail. This book starts with the honeymoon, which surprised me, since the author did not give any descriptions of the eagerly awaited wedding. We get a glimpse here and there of a few aspects of the ceremony in this book, but I think there were a lot of readers interested in a more thorough description of the event.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas does not even get to finish her honeymoon in peace. In the last stage of their trip, Eve is spending some time in one of the many resorts off-planet Roarke owns and is involved in a case when an employee is found hanged in his room. Even though there are no reasons for this person to commit suicide, there is no other logical conclusion, so that is the ruling at the time. Back home and after resuming her duties, Eve has to spend a day in court facing a pushy and crafty defense attorney, but her hate turns to surprise when he is found hours later as a victim of an apparent suicide. When she discovers that a politician with no reasons to kill himself jumped from a building, the coincidence becomes too much and Eve gets deeper and deeper into one of the toughest cases she has faced yet.

J.D. Robb maintains a high level of quality in terms of writing, a fast-paced action and a good character development. At least for me what happens with the relationships between the characters is half the fun. Peabody is given a more prominent role as Eve's aid after the last case, in which a criminal working from within the police department used the young cop for his evil purposes. We even get to take another step towards understanding Eve's childhood, since in this installment she remembers more facts about what her father did to her and about how she ultimately killed him. This futuristic series has clearly got my attention and it will not let go!

5-0 out of 5 stars Roarke's back!
Death follows Eve and Roarke on their honeymoon in outer space, but is it suicide or homicide? When more bodies show up back on planet Earth, Eve faces another case where clues lead to her new husband. (But then, the guy owns practically everything!)

I found this one fascinating because of the concepts of subliminal messaging in virtual reality toys... manufactured by Roarke's company... and especially the growing love between the two main characters. How they relate to one another is amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot!
After reading the first 3 books in the series, I couldn't wait to read this book. Wow! Robb/Roberts just keeps gettig better and better. Eve and Roarke have to deal with some serious issues that endanger their marriage--but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, as they say. Peabody, Feeney, Mavis, Sommerset, Nadine, Mira--they are all back and more. And if you are looking for some hot sex...WOW! The pages practically burned my fingers! ... Read more

19. Eyes of Prey
by John Sandford
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Lieutenant Davenport faces two diabolical killers in a case that could push him over the edge. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Davenport is amazing
This is the third Prey series book I'm reading and I believe I have hit the best one. I know I've become addicted to the series. It's hard to got to bed at night and just the book down! The dualism in Bekker and Cruze and their cooperation is a stroke of genius. Just out and out excellent storyline and characterization. The more I read about Davenport, the more I really enjoy reading about his life. I think he's a character who really appeals to men, judging from what I read here. But I as a women I find him a breath of fresh air from all other characters within the genre I've read so far (Scarpetta is too self-absorbed and self-congratulating; Alex Cross is fine, if a warm and fuzzy crime-fighting family man is your thing) But I just get a warm feeling reading about Davenport, his way with women, his dark humour, his style and realism. He's got a take-control, almost macho appeal combined with an intelligence and insight that we all wish we could come across in real life. Must admit I have a crush on him, just dying to read and re-read about his further adventures in the Twin Cities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Third in Prey series
In the third installment, Lucas Davenport finds himself pitted against two killers who have made a Throw Mama from the Train type of arrangement.

Davenport also finds himself another woman. If you have read the previous Prey books, you may start to wonder if Lucas bags a chick every time he leaves his house. I started to feel like Sandford was unable to write a Prey book where Davenport wasn't hooking up with a woman, but I did not dwell on it long as this book has a suprise in the form of a mystery witness. Maybe you will figure it out before I did, but it was a nice subplot that took some attention away from the unlikely womanizing by the hero.

Read this book, and keep reading the Prey series.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Eyes of Prey is a highly suspenseful novel about a doctor who wh plays a cat and mouse game with Minneapolis, P.D., namely Davenport, and takes part in several gruesome murders with a hideous partner in crime. Sandford delivers a good effort with this one but it's not quite as suspenseful as his debut, Rules of Prey. Overall, it's still a better than average suspense novel and very gripping and tense dialogue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hold onto your hat
I just started the Prey series a couple of weeks ago and I must say these books are great!! Eyes of prey is so creepy. Since reading the book I have become more aware of my surrounding when walking out to the car in the parking lot. Who knows there might be a Carlos Druze out there waiting and watching. It just gives me the creeps. Michael Bekker is just a flat out crazy, drugged up, psycho. The end has a litle twist to it that I like....I kept wondering if we would ever find out who "Loverboy" was and you do....on the last page. This is one of those books that once you start you have to just keep going. It's so hard to put down. If you haven't read any other of the prey series books then start from the beginning and go from there because the books build on each other.

5-0 out of 5 stars ghoulish crime story that happens to be *very* good...
Quite honestly I was somewhat disappointed with my first John Sandford novel ('Rules of Prey'), mostly because too much time was spent on the lead character (a police investigator), his famous love life, etc. But I saw 'Eyes of Prey' in a secondhand book shop, bought it, read it, and ... wow! Mr Sandford did a much better job with this third installment of the 'prey' series.

In 'Eyes of Prey' we still have our stud puppy Minneapolis police investigator trying to solve the murder/mutiliation of an adulterous woman. Her husband, a medical professional and substance abuser, is not a suspect but ... he *seems* to be involved. However when these horrendous events repeat themselves we are pulled into the sick world of the husband and another very curious character. Thankfully Sandford spends little time on the private life of the hero and concentrates on delivering a slick (and frighteningly believable) crime story. Lots of plot twists, scary moments, etc. And the ending (literally the last page) is terrific.

Bottom line: not for the squeamish. But this is one nightmare told with panache. ... Read more

20. Strange Affair : A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Banks Mysteries (Hardcover))
by Peter Robinson
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