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Ah, yes, we're youngsters over here on this side of the ponds, aren't we, Rose.


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HI Libaax
Well, when I go off on a tangent, I don't hold back, eh? ROFL

I have never seen New Orleans either but I once spent a fair bit of time googling various locations Jim talks about in his books ... I envy the sense of history and belonging that's basically missing in the areas of Canada settled by immigrants ... as an entity, my province (British Columbia) is just a baby, only 139 years old ... Canada itself was created four years earlier.

Some day, by goodness, I'll take a trip south and see for myself!!

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Hehe is that you going off ?    For me who is way behind on series like this its nice to have talks with older fans like you, rather see heated talks than talk about a series to my self.

I have seen documentaries,films.tv shows about NO so i can picture the look of it vividly.  The whole european vibe,history of the city makes it fascinating to me.  I have family in Cleveland but i rather visit NO than any other American city.
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In anticipation of our Sept 17th book reviews I want to announce my pick for book #2, it's Tower by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrell Coleman http://www.amazon.com/Tower-Ken-Bruen/dp/1935415077/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284483096&sr=1-1

Tower is spare, powerful, surprisingly tender. And as seamless a piece of two-author writing as you'll ever find." --S. J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author of The Shanghai Moon . It's available for about $8 on amazon and what I would like to do is suggest a book-train for those interested. I will mail it to the first person that requests it, after they read it they send it on to the next person that wants it, the last person sends it back to me. It's a very fast read at 240 pages.  I estimate USPS first class to be less than $3. I e-mailed Mohammed and Chrissy and they are both able to get the book for a reasonable price in Europe. So who should I mail it to first?

Spoiler about Themes

"Tower goes off like a slo-mo explosion, a raging blast of white-heat light. It's a compelling study of pathologies, and style, and friendship and fate. Fuelled by tenderness and murderous hate, it's as tender as it is brutal, tender as a savage wound, ragged and raw. Here be monsters, crippled monsters: Nicky and Todd are the truest angels and demons of our mean streets I've read for some time. Be afraid." --Declan Burke, author of The Big O

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We are doing a 1 month between reviews, right? So this would be for Oct 17. I will just get it on my ebook.
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A month sounds about right, Jeff, Tower is on a very small press I'm unsure if there are e-book versions.

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Bummer. That's a poor excuse for a spoiler! Is it part of the Jack Taylor series?
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No it is not part of a series and is co-written by another great writer IMO. I was worried when the story went to part 2 that the shift iauthor would be jarring but it wasn't at all. My library system has 3 copies so it may be available at some libraries.  I wanted to very careful about spoilers.

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Before it gets too buried, here are the list of people that joined and the order they pick the books. Please feel free to join in the Dark Of The Moon discussion even if you are not on the list. Also feel free to add your name to the bottom of the list if you want to join in and pick a book to review.

The list came out as:-

1.   Keys
2.   Travis
3.   Mohammed
4.   Jeff
5.   Rose
6.   Mike Hughes
7.   Rockman
8.   Joe
9.   Betty
10. Chrissy



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OK Travis..  I'll call the library...
 
I've never read anything by either author.  Do they always write together ?
 
'Tower' by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrell Coleman

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Keys, nope this is their first time writing together. Each writer has a small but devoted following. Well actually Bruen's following probably isn't that small, he's defintely the better known of the two.

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Ken Bruen is an popular cult writer, both acclaimed and sells well in europe atleast.  Coleman can still be very good,not many as great as Bruen out there.

Keys me and Rockman are huge fans who always mention his novels

Travis i look forward to the Tower i wasnt planning on getting before i saw you choosed it.  You make it sound so good.
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Libaax wrote: I don't care about police story side because it wasnt really what i wanted. I just expected more because Dave is a cop series hero.  Only real problem was that NO wasnt so clear in my my minds eye.

Specially compared to James Sallis great Lew Griffin books where NO is like the main character.  I could see every corner,place very vividly.  JLB was focusing on  writing about the lighting,threes,water in a beautiful way.  Thats his thing.

I still rated the book  highly and i think it can improve .   When i compare it to Matt Scudder thats high praise

Mohammed:

 
I have not read Sallis yet, but I have read 8 of the Scudder books. You do feel as though you are walking down the streets of NYC with him. 
 
You pegged JLB correctly.  He focuses on the terrain and flora and fauna..  Peter, a poster from Australia, wrote it best, and I may have already put it on here: When JLB writes you can smell the bayou through your eyes.
 
While most of JLB's writing is about the intellectual and emotional effects, the fights are definitely complete though, and HEAVEN'S PRISONERS has some incredible action.  I remember NEON RAIN as setting the stage for the relationship between the BOBBSEY TWINS OF HOMICIDE :  Dave and his 'podjo' Clete.  IMO, they are the ultimate partners, sometimes interchangeable. Sometimes one being Don Quijote, and Sancho Panza, while in another book, they seem to change places.  They are flawed to the max, both should be arrested for their actions, but please read on before you dismiiss Burke. If you can get one of his earlier books, non-Robicheaux series, try for LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD.
 
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I liked Clete alot early on because he was the more real cop,the more human,unheroic,not as charismatic.  When he became another corrupt,bad guy cop i was a little letdown.  You need  characters like that to make a good series.  You cant have only people like Dave,HB.

I dont dismiss Burke and i will read his other works that isnt in the same series.  I just have Sallis series,Block's Scudder who is a little similar that i have to catch up to before i go for Robicheaux books.  I can read one DR book now and then of course.

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I dont dismiss Burke and i will read his other works that isnt in the same series.  I just have Sallis series,Block's Scudder who is a little similar that i have to catch up to before i go for Robicheaux books.  I can read one DR book now and then of course.

You might try JLB's, Billy Bob Holland, altho its not hard boiled crime the way you like it.  Its extremely good, smooth writing. 
Quite a bit different from Dave Robicheaux in the character of Billy Bob himself and his relationship with others.  Since you mentioned Clete, Billy Bob's choice of friends is a higher level. lol.. To say the least..

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Betty sent me a reply about the book-train idea so "Tower" will be mailed from Minneapolis to Omaha, let Betty know if you want it next.

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I haven't heard of the book train idea ?  Was it posted here ?  I missed it if it was..


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Keys me and Rockman are huge fans who always mention his novels
 
Yes, I recall the mention of Bruen but wasn't sure if he was the same one since he was partnered with Coleman... 
 
I submitted my request for an interlibrary loan...

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Keys, my book train idea is that I mail my copy of "Tower" to Reader 1 (Betty) and pay for shipping ($2-$3). After Betty finishes the book she mails it to the next person on that expresses interest and she pays for shipping. The last person on the list mails it back to me. That way everyone that wants to read the book can read it for 2-3 bucks. It's similar to the system used by book swaps.

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Book train?  What book train?  Are y'all sure this ain't just simply Stephanie playing choo-choo with whats his name?


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Keys, my book train idea is that I mail my copy of "Tower" to Reader 1 (Betty) and pay for shipping ($2-$3). After Betty finishes the book she mails it to the next person on that expresses interest and she pays for shipping. The last person on the list mails it back to me. That way everyone that wants to read the book can read it for 2-3 bucks. It's similar to the system used by book swaps.

Thanks Travis.. Are inter-library loans free where you are ?  They are here...


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Yes they are free and my library has copies of "Tower". I orderred a copy to peruse for my review so that I can mail my copy out.

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I dont dismiss Burke and i will read his other works that isnt in the same series.  I just have Sallis series,Block's Scudder who is a little similar that i have to catch up to before i go for Robicheaux books.  I can read one DR book now and then of course.

You might try JLB's, Billy Bob Holland, altho its not hard boiled crime the way you like it.  Its extremely good, smooth writing. 
Quite a bit different from Dave Robicheaux in the character of Billy Bob himself and his relationship with others.  Since you mentioned Clete, Billy Bob's choice of friends is a higher level. lol.. To say the least..


I'm a huge fan of Hardboiled crime but dont limit my taste to those books.  Series,other non-hardboiled books im reading right now are Sherlock Holmes,Ed McBain series,Val McDermid police series,Comic crime books by Westlake,Block, Steve Hamilton Alex McKnight series

So im more than hardboiled,bleak noir books.   I would get depressed if i only read those books
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I'm a huge fan of Hardboiled crime but dont limit my taste to those books.  Series,other non-hardboiled books im reading right now are Sherlock Holmes,Ed McBain series,Val McDermid police series,Comic crime books by Westlake,Block, Steve Hamilton Alex McKnight series

So im more than hardboiled,bleak noir books.   I would get depressed if i only read those books


Good..  Give Billy Bob a try ... 

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Today's the day for the Dark Of The Moon reviews. Should we start a new thread and avoid SPOILER warnings? Who wants to go first?
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Today's the day for the Dark Of The Moon reviews. Should we start a new thread and avoid SPOILER warnings? Who wants to go first?

I opened a new thread for the reviews. 
 
Anyone should start when they are ready... 

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