Book: Robert Crais “Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole 03)”

August 24, 2016

Lullaby Town is the third novel in Robert Crais Elvis Cole series.

bookAgain we see that Elvis is dealing with an obnoxious client – a movie producer Peter Alan Nelson who wants to track down his ex-wife and child.  But when Elvis finds her it turns out she is trapped into a life serving the New York Mafia.

With Elvis and his partner Joe Pike trying to find a way to fight the Mafia Peter Alan Nelson turns up thinking his fame and fortune will help as no one ever says no to him, only to spoil every chance they have.

Again a very easy and entertaining read, the third in this series and I’m hooked!

Book: Robert Crais “Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole 02)”

August 24, 2016

Robert Crais second novel, following “The Monkey’s Raincoat” sees PI Elvis Cole take on the job for a man called Bradley Warren, tracking down a priceless Japanese manuscript.

bookFrom the outset we can see that Warren isn’t a good man, but Elvis soon picks up a trail in Little Tokyo and starts tracking down possibly buyers for the manuscript. But when the Warren family get threatening phone calls Elvis has to focus on keeping the family safe and brings in his partner Joe Pike.

Good read, loved every minute.

Book: Robert Crais “The Monkey’s Raincoat”

August 24, 2016

Following more than a year of reading all Michael Connelly novels then searching for a new author/character to follow, I might just have found it.  Robert Crais first novel published in 1987 “The Monkey’s Raincoat” introduced Private Investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike.

bookIn this story Ellen Lang comes to Cole to find her showbiz agent husband Mart and their son.  She doesn’t want the cops involved, so Elvis starts looking for the missing pair.  When Mort’s body is found and it’s time for Elvis to call in his partner Joe Pike – lethal fellow Vietnam vet who left the LAPD under a cloud.

As the plot unravels they get involved with a former matador drug dealer, a Miami mob don.  As they build the case, Ellen’s self-esteem builds, transforming her from woman unable to cope without her husband’s lead into an avenging angel.

The books is fast paced, funny at times, keeps you guessing and wanting to turn the page.

Book: Jo Nesbo “The Bat”

July 11, 2016

Again, I’m trying to move on from reading nothing but Michael Connelly books – another recomendation has been the Harry Hole character by Jo Nesbo.

bookIn this first book The Bat, Harry is a visiting detective sent to Australia to assist Sydney police investigating the murder of a Norwegian girl. It starts well with HH being teamed with an Aboriginal detective. However, the story quickly looses all sense of direction.  There is a series of one-off stories of meetings with strangers, casual conversations, aboriginal folk tales…  nothing very much about the actual case which moves along in the background without much mention in the plot.

Perhaps this character gets better in future books – but I’m not sure I can be bothered finding out.  Certainly not at the moment – I really need a  good book to get into.

Book: John Sandford “Shadow Prey”

July 11, 2016

As it has turned out this is the last John Sandford book I will try.  Having read all of Michael Connelly’s work over the past year or so I tried various web sites that help you to choose what to read next based on what you like.  John Sandford was one of those that popped up but really I don’t see why.

book“Shadow Prey” is ok, the plot is reasonably interesting but then doesn’t really go anywhere.  Stuff just happens and people stumble on the answers here and there by chance.  There are no clever twists or detective procedure.  Waste of time.

Book: John Sandford “The Fool’s Run”

July 11, 2016

The second book by John Sandford sees a different character/group of characters which is the start of another series of books – at least looking back at his early books knowing now that many more were written.  I’m hunting for a new author after binging on the same book series for over a year.  I’m not yet sure this is the right one.

bookThis book has a group of dispirit characters – Kidd , Lu Ellen, Dace , Maggie and a mysterious remote hacker Bobby (who is so lightly drawn that he is really an obvious tool for the writer to drop in plot changes with little effort.  Everythings going bad – Bobby instant message saying he has fixed it – job done.

The hacking stuff is rubbish, the characters are boring, plot slow and disconnected.  Stuff just happens with little reason.  Not great.

Book: John Sandford “Rules of Prey”

June 9, 2016

John Sandford’s first book, “Rules of Prey” is the first in what became known as the ‘Pray Books’.  Featuring Minneapolis cop, Lucas Davenport.  In this story up against the Mad Dog killer.  The plot is a fast paced and intelligent crime novel with a truly bad guy. The hero is a rich, tough, loner cop who seems to work outwith the police department protocol.

bookHaving worked through a long running series of Bosch books, I was looking for a new character in a successful and long running series.  This might be it, I wasn’t that thrilled with the book but will try some more to see how it develops.



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