Cross Fire (Alex Cross, #17)
This was not my favorite Alex Cross story by any means…I’d have to go with Kiss the Girls or Along came a spider. Not to say Cross Fire is not a good novel. It was a good rainy weekend read. Maybe I like the other stories because Cross’ family wasn’t dragged into the plot so much…too familiar of a psych-thriller tale, where the protagonists family is targeted or threatened.
As far as this story goes, it moved well with lots of action to keep me turning pages and even chapters, since Patterson likes to keep them to two or three pages. The plot revolves around one particular serial killer but subplots and other serial killers make the read a bit more complicated, but fun.
Maybe you’ve heard the rumors on Entertainment Tonight, Ellen, or WKRP in Cincinatti. Perhaps you only dreamed and hoped it was true. You’ve probably been wondering what Edmond Gagnon has been up to (besides travelling) and where the heck has Norm Strom been.
Let me make it clear…they are not rumors, you haven’t been dreaming, and Ed has finally finished his latest book, Border City Chronicles. Some of you were test-readers, others voted for the title, and a few may find their names used as characters. The book is three short crime fiction stories from the Norm Strom archives.
News of this upcoming book is receiving a positive buzz on the street. Here’s a few comments about Norm’s new stories:
Baby Shay – “The challenges told in this story are heartbreaking and can make strong experienced officers unable to function. This is one story you will not be able to put down.”
Designated Hitters – “This story provides the reader with a unique insight into police work and the thoughts and emotions cops work through every day. Norm doesn’t regret retirement. After reading his story, you will understand why.”
Knock-Out – “Norm introduces Abigail Brown, a Detroit Homicide Detective. He’s her friend and confidant and relies on his expertise to provide her with a little extra help. This is an excellent story and I’m hoping to read more of her exploits in the future.”
Border City Chronicles is coming to book stores and internet sites across the world very very soon! Feel free to reserve a copy with the author now.
A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #9)
by Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)
I didn’t plan on reading two of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch books back to back, but it was the next available title in the pile. I was surprised by this one and it took me a few chapters to realize it was another crossover book with one of the author’s other protagonists, Terry McCaleb, the FBI profiler. He was portrayed by Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork.
The story is mostly about McCaleb, who comes out of retirement to help police profile and track a new serial killer. Bosch appears later in the story, involved in a murder trial of his own where he says the killer confessed to him.
McCaleb and Bosch had worked together on a case in the past. Without giving away the story I can say their paths cross again in an unexpected way where one of them becomes subject of an investigation. There are a couple nice twists to keep you flipping pages.
My only disappointment was in how the ending left the two main characters, but in considering their individual personalities it was only fitting.
Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux, #17)
by James Lee Burke
Dave Robicheaux is one of my favorite characters, perhaps because I can relate to him so easily. James Lee Burke is master of metaphors and he can offer descriptions of the sky like no other. His story-telling is enjoyable and almost philosophical at times.
In this book Burke’s first hand knowledge of the pristine scenery in Northern Montana shines above his usual inside look at Louisiana bayou country. Robicheauxs’s sidekick Clete Purcel is also a colorful and easily likable character.
The only reason I didn’t give this book a fifth star is that it wasn’t as exciting as other Burke novels I’ve read.
The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, #9)
by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Maxine Paetro
I grabbed this book out of a pile, thinking it was James Patterson, but like many other books that have his name blazoned across the cover it was written by someone else. This one’s by Maxine Paetro, my least favorite in the top dog’s kennel.
The plot is descent and I do like the Lindsay Boxer character, but I thought the author pushed the envelope a few times in the story, making it a bit ridiculous. I think it’s the author’s voice that just doesn’t do it for me, with words like “kiddo” that are repeatedly used to describe children.
Being male, I felt this novel was written for a female audience. Almost all the main characters are women and the author’s femininity weighed heavy in the story. It didn’t sit right with me, being a former cop who worked with many women and found it a lot different than what’s depicted in this book.
Guilt (Alex Delaware, #28)
by Jonathan Kellerman
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.