The Clinic

ClinicThe Clinic (Alex Delaware, #11) 
by Jonathan KellermanJohn Rubinstein (Narrator)

 

Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Sep 18, 2017

 

Big yawn!
I really tried to finish this book just to see who did it, but three quarters of the way through I didn’t care any more and gave up. I’ve read previous works by Kellerman and love his characters, but for a murder mystery novel, this one made want to fluff my pillow instead of turning the page.
There was way too much fluff…useless descriptions of everyone, hypothesizing between characters, and painfully dull dialog.
If you’re looking for a good read to help you sleep, The Clinic is for you.

Raylan – Elmore Leonard

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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.

NYPD Red 2 – Patterson/Karp

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by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Marshall Karp (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 10, 2017  


This is the first book from the combo of James Patterson and Marshall Karp that I’ve read. It was a fast-paced easy read that’s typical of Patterson. With this novel Karp has moved to the top of my list of authors who write under the man who controls a large percentage of book sales.
I liked the characters and concept of a special policing unit that was put together specifically for the rich and shameless.
If you’re sharp you’ll catch the plot twist near the end – I admit the fake sucked me in before I was hit over the head with who the real bad guys were.
Although I held back a star on this one just because it wasn’t sensational, it was a fun read.

The Progeny – Tosca Lee

progThe Progeny (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)
by Tosca Lee (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 02, 2017


I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I wondered when I entered the draw if the novel was my kind of read; it took me 60 pages to discover it is not.
I gave it a chance, intrigued by a young person who scrubs their memory to escape her past (how bad could it have been at 21?), but I quickly tired of her quest to understand the life she escaped.
The book is Young Adult, something I don’t normally read. Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about the author’s voice.
Someone actually compared this to Dan Brown’s Divinci Code. Not!
I’m not saying the book is bad, but I’m convinced it’s not for me.

Wolf Pass – Steve Thayer

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by Steve Thayer

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 31, 2017  


Having found this book on a shelf in a private cottage in Tobermory, I was pleasantly surprised. I’d never heard of Steve Thayer, although he’s reportedly a N.Y. Times bestselling author.
For anyone who is looking for suspense thriller that’s not a cookie-cut tale like many of Patterson’s, this novel is a good read.
The story jumps back and forth from Nazi occupied Germany to the Kennedy assassination era, with a Deputy Sheriff from Wisconsin narrating the tale.
The characters are interesting and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Alert – Patterson/Ledwidge

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by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Michael Ledwidge

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 24, 2017  
Although I think Michael Ledwidge is good enough to break away from James Patterson and write on his own, this wasn’t one of my favorites by the author. And though I like his Michael Bennett character I find it completely ridiculous that a high profile NYPD detective would have ten kids. Having said that the story is interesting and fast-paced, but perhaps cliche in some parts. Don’t get me wrong, I think the book is a good read, but I expect better from best selling authors.

Memory Man – David Baldacci

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by David Baldacci (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Apr 16, 2017  


If you like a crime drama that builds slowly, teasing you all the way, only giving you enough details to guess who done it, Memory Man by David Baldacci is a story you should read.
The elements of the plot were familiar, with cops and killers, but the characters were special, each in their own way. Amos Decker is not a super cop, but he has a super brain – from an injury, that makes him more of a super freak. His condition gives him an almost perfect memory, which is a help and hindrance to him in solving a mass murder case.
It took me a while to get into the story, but once I was hooked I enjoyed the ride and raced to the end. A great read!

The New Centurions – Joseph Wambaugh

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by Joseph Wambaugh (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 02, 2013  


I first read this book back in the late seventies, when I was a rookie cop. Wambaugh’s books and movie were all the rage way back then. The New Centurions was his first book, which he wrote while he still worked as a Los Angeles Police Detective. Wambaugh pioneered the crime fiction genre, taking readers where they’d never been before, inside the police car, to learn about the men and women behind the badge.
We see how the job affects cops as opposed to how they affect their job. The New Centurions in this story are three new recruits. The story follows them from the police academy to the streets of L.A. in 1960, where they learn the hard realities about life on the street.
I found the prose a bit mundane about half way through the book, but that is how police work is most of the time…95% boring and the other 5% running around with your hair on fire. This story takes you to the dark side when one of the cops gets shot, and later, during the race riots.
If you want the real story on what lies behind the badge, this book is a must read. The forward was done my Michael Connelly.
On a personal note, Joseph Wambaugh was my inspiration, and has given me some personal advice for my own writing.

Personal-A Jack Reacher Novel

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by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Mar 27, 2017  
I’ve read a few of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels now, and I have to say Personal was probably my favorite. I found a little more dry (Reacher) humor in this one, and a lot less of Child’s sometimes painfully slow narrative.
I liked the characters and the plot moved well, with a couple of twists to keep you guessing right until the end. For me, it was a fun read!

The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson

5060378The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 25, 2017  · 


I have to admit the size of this novel scared me at first…724 pages! But being in Mexico with nothing to do and all day to do it, I banged it off in about a week. I had to leave some time for drinking beer and laying around the pool.
I couldn’t remember if I’d seen the movie made from Stieg Larsson’s first installment of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I started the book with an open mind. I thought it read a bit deep and dark at first, with complex characters I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep track of, but the next thing I knew I was 300 pages into it and completely engrossed.
I’m a constant complainer of too much fluff, but I barely skimmed, finding the character traits and backstory all interesting.
The end seemed a bit abrupt, but the beginning of the next installment was included and it appears the story will go on with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.
A very good book that I had no problem giving five stars.