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i also finished A Turtle Roars in Texas by Russ Hall,  the second Al Quinn book, and really enjoyed it,  read both of them now and i really like the Al character.....nice story as well.     


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i still think some of you will like it,   would like to hear someone else's thoughts on it,  but i think i will look around,  not sure how available the book will be also,   maybe once i see if its available for everyone ill decide for sure.




I got it based on it being the April book review, and would just as soon not see any reviews on it until then. Carry on.
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Nowhere by Roger Smith is out today!!!    ive not read anything since this weekend so id be clear to start this one tonight,  cant wait to get into it,   always a highlight of my reading year when he releases a new book..



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Finished reading The Crossing by Michael Connelly.  Overall, I enjoyed another book from one of the masters of his genre. 

Started reading Nowhere by Roger Smith.

Listening to Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter but will need to take a brief break as the short story, The Grownup (Gillian Flynn), is available for me in Overdrive so I will listen to that over the next day or so.

I need to fit in Paradise Sky (Lansdale) and Trampoline (Gipe) soon.


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Read Linwood Barclay's Far From True, and despite it not getting stellar reviews at Goodreads, I loved it !   It picks up right where Broken Promise left off, and is full of suspicious characters and lots of old faces.  A very full, very fun read.  Looking forward to the finale this November called The Twenty Three.

Also read the new Hap and Leonard from Joe Lansdale, called Honky Tonk Samurai and like all of them, it was barrel full of fun.  Blackmail,  prostitution, a terrifying enforcer, some old friends, and maybe a new one.   And yes, like those here that have read it........you know what I'm talking about......I was glad to see Joe is already working on the next one in this series called Rusty Puppy.

About 100 pages into the new Roger Smith book Nowhere, and reading Smith is like a roller coaster.....I feel elated that I am reading new material from him, but he is so good at drawing you into his world, that it doesn't take long before I feel like I am in the ghetto, seeing and smelling  the despair of everything he describes.   In other words, a great author.
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Finished Nowhere and it was very good.  Fully drawn characters set against Roger Smith's brutal South African atmosphere.

Have now started Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham, the 4th in his phychologist Joe O'Loughlin series set in London.
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i too finished Nowhere by Roger Smith the other night,   again a very good, brutal book. Loved it!!

Read Route 12 by Marietta Miles,    two short novellas in one book,   she is gonna be one to watch,   very good stories,  really enjoyed them.   the story Route 12 was the better of the two.   


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I noticed on goodreads that 4 of us were reading it at the same time. ;) I'm about half done.
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Finished listening to The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.  I don't like short stories but I enjoyed this one the more the story unfolded.  It had the uniqueness of this author's writing with some twists and darkness which I enjoy from her.  The narrator did a good job as well.  Now we need a full length novel by her!

Reading Nowhere by Roger Smith.  Not too far into it but it is starting to get good.

Back to listening to Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter tomorrow.  Only about four discs into it.

Trying to work into my schedule one of Brian Freeman's book events in WI next week for the US release of Goodbye to the Dead.
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ok,  i read the first two paul cleave books a couple years ago,  put the rest on the back burner until i felt the urge again because the second book really didnt hit me like it should have.   But cleave turns it on in the third one,   Cemetery Lake has exactly what i want in a book,   good story, great pace and a flawed character that i can get behind.  Dark and gritty novel that really puts Cleave back on my radar in a big way......loved it


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like I said on Goodreads, MikeH glad you getting back around to this author.  as many of you know, thanks to Tiger introducing Cleave to us, he has become one of my top 3 favorite authors. 

and if you are liking Cemetery Lake, the next books are even better imo for intense, page turning, don't know what is gonna happen next drama with very good writing.  like Cape Town in the Roger Smith books, Christchurch itself is very much a character in this series.  Following what happens to Tate and Schroeder in these books is among the most fun I have had reading in the last few years.  Similar but imo even better than the much missed Helsinki series by James Thompson.
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like I said on Goodreads, MikeH glad you getting back around to this author.  as many of you know, thanks to Tiger introducing Cleave to us, he has become one of my top 3 favorite authors. 

and if you are liking Cemetery Lake, the next books are even better imo for intense, page turning, don't know what is gonna happen next drama with very good writing.  like Cape Town in the Roger Smith books, Christchurch itself is very much a character in this series.  Following what happens to Tate and Schroeder in these books is among the most fun I have had reading in the last few years.  Similar but imo even better than the much missed Helsinki series by James Thompson.


yeah i agree,  cant believe it took me this long to get back to him,  cant wait to read the next two Tate books,  what a great character......


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I seem to remember getting permission from the Cleave loyalists here to skip the 2nd book and get to it with cemetary Lake. I accomplished the first part, now I need to read Cemetary Lake.
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I finished Nowhere by smith and of course it's a great read but for some reason it didn't blow me away like Capture, Scarifice, Ishmael Toffee and Dust Devils. I gave it 4.5 stars on my spread sheet not sure which way I'll go on Goodreads.
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yea, I liked Nowhere as well, certainly better for me better than his last one Man Down, but I would agree that it was not as good as Dust Devils or the other ones.  still a solid four stars tho.  I love reading these stories, but wouldn't wanna live with these ppl......lol.

and Travis, your Cleave comment made me laugh :) 
too bad about the Killing Hour because I think some ppl expect it to be like the Cleaner or Cemetery Lake, but it is something else altogether and not related to that universe at all.  totally totally skipable.  and some ppl likely react like MikeH and think, ugh, not reading that author again, but then are missing out on some great books....
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I seem to remember getting permission from the Cleave loyalists here to skip the 2nd book and get to it with cemetary Lake. I accomplished the first part, now I need to read Cemetary Lake.


yeah Travis,  good idea,    The Cleaner was good,  but the second one kinda put me off him,   i would skip it for sure and read Cemetery Lake,  its a good one!!    

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I bought Cemetary Lake at Half-Price Books some time ago and then forgot to add it to my goodreads TBR list and only did so recently.  I haven't read it yet because I keep getting so many books from the library and I usually read those first so I can get them back for our patrons.  Speaking of HPB, I was there yesterday and found a copy of Mo Hayder's Pig Island, the only one of her titles I haven't read yet.

I listened to a couple of decent books recently, White Plague and Protocol Zero by James Abel.  They are thriller/adventure novels about a Marine doctor who looks for bioweapons, diseases, etc.  The best thing about them is the narrator; Ray Porter, who is so great reading David Freed's Cordell Logan series. That man could read the want ads and make them sound exciting.

I received my goodreads giveaway of Redemption Road by John Hart. It is an ARC so I can't donate it to the library but I can certainly recommend that Adult Services order it.  I hope to read it next even though I have these library books waiting for me:
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Off the Grid by CJ Box
Goodbye to the Dead by Brian Freeman

I'd better get to reading!
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I attended a book event in Madison WI for Brian Freeman's Goodbye to the Dead this week.  Brian shared that he is working on a new standalone which might have series potential.  The book takes place in San Francisco which is a place that he spent some of his younger years and that he still has family.  The book is due out in January 2017.  Brian plans to release another Stride novel next year as well....May 2017.  Two books in a year - good news for his fans!  It appears that his books will be published at the same time now as his UK releases have been months sooner for awhile.
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Hi all. some updates from Italy.
I've finished The Bat by Jo Nesbo, first novel of the Harry Hole saga and last to be published in Italy. It's a good start of the serie (I've read already the rest of it) but it gets really good only from Episode 6 to the last one. (3 stars)
Then I tried Stephen King for the very first time (!): Mr. Mercedes (4 stars) and Finders Keepers (3 stars). Mr. Mercedes was really really good, maybe a 4,5, the second of the trilogy was pretty good but not as much. Very curious about the third episode expected this summer. Stephen King is new for me and he is absolutely a great storyteller. Still I'm not much into sci-fi, paranormal and so on so I doubt I will become a "read all" fan of his.
After that I kept even with three of my favourite serie:
The Promise by Robert Crais (4 stars) with all the Crais' characters, including K9 Maggie. I've not read the first novel with the dog and now I'm curious to get back to it because I really loved the K9 point of view.
Goodbye to the dead by B.F. was, as expected a solid 5 stars. Together with Connelly, Freeman is something like my first love and I'm grateful they never let me down. I think of this novel as a due tribute to Stride's first wife who finally has the chance to get out of the shadow taking the right place in this story. Great news that a new episode is on the way.
I read Cuccioli per i Bastardi di Pizzofalcone by De Giovanni, an italian 4 stars procedural set in Naples with a character that resembles a lot to Harry Bosch with Pizza and Mandolino.
But the real surprise was Ordinary Grace by WK Krueger. This is a 5 stars (and some) little masterpiece. As said on Goodreads In last few years it never happened to me to finish a book with a lump in the throat and my eyes slightly moist. "Ordinary grace" is this kind of book and WKK pushes you to revive your own memories, your own childhood in search of your own few moments of ordinary grace. 
Now I begun a new project: Joe Gunther's serie by Archer Mayor.  I can't stay away from this kind of serie: 25 books on a span of nearly 30 years. I'm reading the first novel and at the current reading pace it will take the better part of 2016 to read the serie but fortunately I have always time for great listenings on audiobook that run in parallel with my readings.
Next one will be Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

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Read Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham, the 4th in his Joe O'Loughlin series and it was excellent. I really enjoy his writing style.........so easy to read.......I get so lost in his stories that before I know it, I've read 100 pages...........reminds me of Greg Iles that way.

Followed that up with Shutter Man by Richard Montanari, a series set in Philly.  I haven't read them all, but I have read the last 3 he has released and they're pretty good.  Detective Kevin Byrnes teams up with ADA Jessica Balzano  (his former cop partner) as they take on the bad guys in Philly.  Byrnes has a bit of nasty streak that only shows up once in a while,  and it really gives the character depth.

Have now started Vanished, the 3rd in Tim Weaver's missing persons investigator series  with David Raker in the starring role.

On deck I think will be the new Adrian McKinty, Rain Dogs,  which I should have by week's end.
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I finished John Hart's Redemption Road.  It is really dark and wonderful.  It easily earned the 5 star rating I gave it on goodreads and will undoubtedly be on my Golden Post list for 2016. 

Next up:  Off the Grid by CJ Box
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I finished John Hart's Redemption Road.  It is really dark and wonderful.  It easily earned the 5 star rating I gave it on goodreads and will undoubtedly be on my Golden Post list for 2016. 

Next up:  Off the Grid by CJ Box


Good to know about Redemption Road Betty, it's been too long. Also good to know that someone still reads Box, ;) he used to be one of my favorites but he seemed to alternate decent books with downright horrible books and even the decent ones got a bit sanctimonious for me. Next up for me is Sweetgirl which seems to be getting alot of buzz. another book getting a lot of buzz is Summit Lake which I liked, but it was nothing but bad buzz from Mystic who slammed it with a 1 star rating. I can't wait to hear his scathing review ;)
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 another book getting a lot of buzz is Summit Lake which I liked, but it was nothing but bad buzz from Mystic who slammed it with a 1 star rating. I can't wait to hear his scathing review ;)


lol, one thing I don't like about goodreads is that they don't really have anything besides a 1 star rating to say you didn't care for a book.  the 2 star rating indicates you think the book was ok......so sometimes hard to select when I don't think a book really was ok.  so then it becomes as you say a 1 star slam....
In this case I know quite a few of you have marked this to read so I will mark this as major spoilers.   Glad you enjoyed this one Travis, and it looks like plenty of others did too, so definitely in the minority again for this one. 

 I know I can go on and on with my reviews and I don't really enjoy slamming a book, but the more I read of this one, the more things I found not to like.

SUMMIT LAKE - DEFINITE SPOILERS AHEAD:

this is the first book by Charlie Donlea and it involves a magazine reporter looking into the death of young blonde student from a wealthy and influential white family.  so right off the bat the plot kind of perpetuates the notion that the press only cares to write about these kind of crimes while many many others don't get this kind of attention.  but whatever......blah blah blah
now the author can definitely write a sentence and set a scene, most of my problems were plot and character related.
a lot of the story takes place in flashback leading up to the character's demise.  she is part of tight group of 4 friends (2 men,2 women) at college who as far as we know are just friends.  however this character seems to have the knack of attracting male attention because she is so attractive, while at the same time being totally oblivious to this fact.  this happens with several characters that she seems to be leading on, but she gosh darn just doesn't realize it.  some pretty unbelievable scenes happen where this takes place.  then like a soap opera one of her male friends of course has a crush on her, but then we learn that of course she is really in love with and secretly dating the other one.  oy, very simplistic plotting imo.
anyway, events progress to a night where she is alone at Summit Lake waiting for her boyfriend to join her at some point.  but she is murdered instead and thus begins an investigation.
this brings to town the other major character, the female magazine reporter who takes this assignment as her first job after being off a month dealing with her own personal trauma.  this case of course becomes personal for her as they shared some of the same trauma.  anyway, she just meets so many ppl who are so helpful it really stretched believability.  she runs into someone who can give her all the background on the town and ppl and provide cover when she needs it.  then she meets the head of the police department who is so disgruntled that the case is being taken away to be handled by the state that he decides to not only discuss major points of the case but hand over all the files.  wow.  then she meets a doctor who can get access to major details about the victim and even tho he doesn't know her and these activities are illegal, he seems to have no problem doing whatever she needs.  double wow.  then there is a family friend of the victim who has very important evidence (a journal) of the victim that could provide clues to investigators but for reasons that are never explained decides to keep and hide this.  you would think they would want to help solve the murder..., but...so this sets up where the reporter has to deduce where it is and steal it....oy, more eye rolling here.
then as we get closer to the end of the case we discover a twist, however I feel this is more an author cheat than a twist.  2 words are left out of an earlier scene so the reader assumes one thing, but then turns out it was not.  not a clever twist or character reveal at all.  just the laziest way to deceive the reader imo, not clever plotting at all.  then it turns out that a character who might be another suspect just also happened to die the same day in an unrelated event, which of course we don't find out till near the end.  another eye roller......oy.
I know I have blabbed on and on (what else is new), but these and other very simplistic ways to tell the story (don't get me started on the "gossip group" at the coffee shop......wow) made this book more absurd and less enjoyable as I finally made it to the end.  and yea, the ending was terrible. 

end of scathing review!  :)

because I read so many better books with a lot being recommended by this board, when I come across writing like this, it really stands apart.  or maybe I was just having a bad day! :)


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Travis, Box's writing can be uneven certainly.  I did like his last Joe Pickett book and his last standalone, Badlands, was better than the previous standalones, IMO. I guess I just like Joe enough to keep following his story.
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Benham rating system;

1 or 2- If a book is so bad I would give it a 1 or a 2 rating, I don't waste time finishing it.

3 is minimum for a book I complete. Good enough to finish but I probably wont read the author again.

4 is very good. Enjoyed it enough to read more of this author.

5 is excellent. If the book was a series, I will read the rest of the series, if possible. will seek out more of this author's works.
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