Book: Michael Connelly “Void Moon”

November 5, 2015

This Michael Connelly novel is a stand alone story, rather than part of any series, and features a female protagonist, Cassie Black, who is a thief rather than on the side of law enforcement more common to Connelly.

Cassie is trying to go straight after release from prison but needs one last job.  The job that comes up just happens to be in the Las Vegas Casino where she lost her partner and went to jail for trying to rob six years earlier.

The first major twist is when [spoiler alert] after getting to know this character a little it appears that she isn’t averse to killing in cold blood.  As soon as that happens her story is dropped and we pick up with a private detective called in to solve the robbery/murder committed by Cassie.  Then as we are getting to know him – he kills someone in cold blood and turns out to be a very-bad-man.  So who in this story is the hero/heroine?

Well, gradually there is a cat and mouse chase with lots of secrets being revealed along the way.  The climax to this novel is breathtaking with you never really knowing who will end up on top or how they will manage it.  A great story.

Book: Michael Connelly “Blood Work”

November 5, 2015

Continuing my journey through the Michael Connelly back catalog. This is another book that doesn’t feature his ‘star’ Harry Bosch character, but unfortunately I had already read the sequel to this story so I had met the main protagonist and had references to what happens here.  That said it was a very good read and again an easy page turner.

bookBlood Work features retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb who, for complicated reasons ends up investigating the murder of a woman who became organ donor responsible for McCaleb’s recent heart transplant.  Very much against his cardiologist’s wishes, against the LAPD officers and everyone surrounding the case McCaleb gradually gets drawn in.  There are so many twists and turns in this book it is difficult to remember which directions it takes – suffice to say it is a great read with the only downside being the amount of driving around LA that goes on – these details must be fascinating to those who know the place but it gets a little tedious at times.

Movie: The Program

November 5, 2015

An all to rare trip to the movies tonight took us to the GFT to watch The Program.  Firstly this was the first time I’ve been in screen 3 at the GFT, which was small, but nice, very clean and with the well behaved audience you expect at the GFT –  only it was very cold!

movieSo, to the movie.  The Program is about the legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong. Seven times winner of the Tour de France and the iconic figure at the head of the sport when I, like many others, discovered how fascinating this race is.  However he is also one of the worlds best known sport cheats taking and making normal the use of performance enhancers and bullying anyone who didn’t agree out of the sport.

This movie is supposed to be based on the work of Irish journalist David Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd) who pursues Lance and others in the sport involved in drug taking.  Personally I would like to have seen a lot more of his story, but predictably the film focuses on Lance and tries to squeeze far to much into too short a time – in one seen we see him meeting a woman, exchanging a few words cut to them leaving a church as bride and groom – then we never see her again.  For those of us who know the Lance Armstrong story there isn’t much new in this.  The cycling scenes are ok but there isn’t enough.

The most interesting story (perhaps because I wasn’t aware of it) is that of Floyd Landis, a fellow rider on the team who has to struggle with not only lying to the public and to his Pennsylvanian Amish community.

If this is shown on TV it’s worth a watch, or if you are interested in cycling but don’t know the recent horrible history then it’s a place to start.