The Eighth Day – John Case

228571The Eighth Day 
by John Case

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 10, 2018  


This was the first John Case book for me. It was a good read so I can’t say I was disappointed with the story, but maybe the protagonist – he’s no super hero with special powers, but an almost normal person – an artist who does P.I. work on the side? He makes some pretty dumb moves as far as I’m concerned, but stumbles his way from country to country trying to take in the sites while killers are in pursuit.
The story is predictable, but fun, you almost can’t wait to see what predicament he’s going to fall into next. When he finally discovers the root of the plot the story gets a bit too technical for me. The reviews are all over the map on this novel, but I’d definitely give one of the author’s other books a go.

Raylan – Elmore Leonard

12037108Raylan
by Elmore Leonard

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 18, 2017


I’ve seen many of the movies made from Elmore Leonard’s books, but this is the first novel of his I’ve read. Apparently there’s also a television series of the same name, Raylan.
Although the U.S. Marshal of the same name is a no-nonsense shoot first ask questions later kind of lawman, he is a smart cop who’s mind is quicker than the coal country hillbilly drawl that can be a bit difficult to read. The fun part is that I found myself sounding out the slang in my head.
Actually, I’d rate this book at 3.5 stars. It was a good read, but maybe too predictable at times. Raylan says that life and folks are different in the Kentucky mountains. So is this book. R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.

Guilt – Jonathan Kellerman

15796976Guilt (Alex Delaware, #28)
by Jonathan Kellerman

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 02, 2017  · 
3.5 Stars
It wasn’t until I was introduced to the protagonists that I remembered reading one of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels before. If I remember correctly, I like the last one better. I like the combination of L.A. Detective and Psychologist partner, but I felt the plot stalled about two thirds of the way through the book.
I found myself skimming to get through the painfully slow progression of the case at hand. In fairness, having been a criminal investigator, I understand how that can be in real life. Having said that, I think Kellerman stalled just a wee bit too long, waiting for the investigators to get a break in the combination of cold and fresh cases.
The story was interesting and the characters played well off each other with excellent dialogue. I think I’d give the author another shot to wow me.

Cruel Intent – J.A. Jance

3093753Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds, #4)
by J.A. Jance (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 25, 2017  · 


Ninety pages. That’s all I could handle of this drivel.
That’s twice as far as I should’ve read, but I really thought it would get better. I got into the plot immediately, but then the author introduced an onslaught of meaningless characters, offering up countless pages of useless back story on each one.
I’ve complained about excessive fluff from a couple female writers lately, but this book goes above and way beyond that.
As curious as I was to follow the plot, it was way to painful to consider going any further. For a New York Times bestseller, I am flabbergasted. Personally, right now, I’m getting more enjoyment at watching a light breeze blow through the palm trees off my balcony.

The Rainy Day Killer – Micheal J. McCann

18669147The Rainy Day Killer (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #4)
by Michael J. McCann (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 11, 2017  ·  edit
3.5 Stars
I was loaned this book by someone who had received an autographed copy from the author, Michael J. McCann. The cover and content look professional, but I had never heard of McCann. No big deal there – most readers have not heard of me either.
The book is about homicide detectives and a serial killer so I had to give it a spin. Having been a police detective in my past life, I liked and associated with the characters from the start. A couple of them seemed over the top or too typical, but I have met those types in real life.
The story unfolds at a good pace and easily held my interest. The author went to great lengths to highlight the killers idiosyncrasies, so I was disappointed when he didn’t divulge their origin. Having said that, personally, I don’t believe readers should find all the answers. That is how it is in real life.
I originally rated this book four stars, and only knocked it down a notch because I think it could have been done that much better.