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November 15 2019

Marc Hall Marc Hall is currently reading Ark

November 14 2019

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender Jonathan wants to read Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Last Days by Brian Evenson Jonathan wants to read Last Days by Brian Evenson

November 13 2019

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger Jonathan is currently reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

November 12 2019

The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay Jonathan started reading The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay

November 11 2019

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz Jonathan wants to read The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Swallows by Lisa Lutz Jonathan wants to read The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

November 10 2019

A Purple Place for Dying by John D. MacDonald Jonathan gave 4 stars to A Purple Place for Dying (Travis McGee #3) by John D. MacDonald
The third book in the much venerated Travis McGee series, this one finds Travis traveling to Texas to help out a damsel in distress. Things take an early and ugly turn very quickly and Travis gets embroiled in some crazy things, including killings in the high desert with a snake and disappearing bodies.

As is often the case, I think, when Travis leaves Florida, this isn't one of the stronger outings. It often felt a little forced, without as much interesting internal dialog that makes the whole series great. Of course, it is still better than 90% of the mysteries written!

In this case, you surely knew where the "girl" was going to end up - either with Travis or dead. But the story clipped along at a nice pace and it is just great going back to reading these books. Comfort food for the brain.
November Road by Lou Berney Jonathan finished reading November Road by Lou Berney
Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz Jonathan started reading Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz

November 08 2019

November Road by Lou Berney Jonathan gave 4 stars to November Road (ebook) by Lou Berney
bookshelves: fiction, thriller
Excellent read. Good fun. Would make a great movie. 4.5 stars.

Full review to come.

A short, sweet and yet violent book, set at the time of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Guidry is involved, albeit indirectly, with the killing and feels like he is being set up for his own assassination. So he goes on the run.

Meanwhile, Charlotte feels locked into life in a small Oklahoma town and decides to head to California, taking her two little girls with her. Guidry decides she and her family would make the perfect cover and wheedles his way into their lives. Of course, complications ensue, as the deaths stack up.

I really enjoyed how the two main characters were gradually fleshed out and how they came together. Charlotte's feeling towards her two daughters was obvious, and Berney did a good job of making even the girls real characters themselves. You kind of know where it is going, but it is a nice time getting there.

In some ways, it reminds me of *Randomize*, in that the story seems destined for a truly expected outcome and you can't really see any way around it. But the story takes a couple interesting turns and ends, while not entirely satisfactory, very believably. I am not entirely sure I buy the ending, but it does work.

The other problem I had with the book were some of escapes that Guidry had from the implacable hitman that was on his tail. The hitman had his own foibles that led to some of the escapes, which became a little hard to swallow.

But all in all, a very nice read and a book I think would make a really great movie. I'd even star the husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blount as Guidry and Charlotte. It would be romantic and violent at the same time. As long as they didn't try to fairy tale the ending!
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