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got back to the Mcrae series with Broken Skin, the third in the series,  the other day......forgot how much i liked this series,   will have to make it a point to get to the rest of them soon...  one think i liked about this one is the multiple cases he was working on,  some books focus too much on one case,  with this series so far, we get to see whats it is really like to do that job,  id say most detectives work multiple cases and this one had a few good ones...really enjoyed it.

Currently reading the new Hap and Leonard book by Lansdale,   just got a couple chapters in so far, but will probaby get a big chunk of it done tonight, if not all of it....finallly have a day off tomorrow. :)


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Johnny Shaw's new book is available for immediate download on netgalley!    for those of you who have a netgalley account and want to read it, go grab it,    for those that dont have a netgalley account its a good chance to get a book by a great author without having to wait and see if your approved or not.  



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What I've been reading lately:

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag (audiobook) - I liked this much more than last year's release from Hoag. This is a Kovac and Liska book and I always think Hoag is at her best when she writes about these two detectives.

The Brilliance trilogy by Marcus Sakey - I've had the first book, Brilliance, on my kindle for quite some time but finally got around to reading it.  I enjoyed it so much I had to read the second book, A Better World, right away.  Luckily, my library has it but not the third book, Written in Fire, which I had to buy. That's okay because I can donate it to the library so we will have all three books and I can now recommend the trilogy to our patrons. I really it and hope to read more of Sakey's books in the future.

Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman. I recommended this book to Adult Services (I do that a lot and Frankie is pretty good about ordering what I ask for) and said Coleman is the best author no on has heard of, meaning he isn't a big name but should be. I just love the way he makes me feel so much for his characters.  I like his new character, Gus Murphy, and look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

I'm currently listening to Lisa Gardner's new DD Warren novel, Find Her. Like many of Gardner's books, it is rather disturbing but I like it anyway.

I just started Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe Lansdale. I just love Hap and Leonard.  The dialogue is wonderful and has me laughing or smiling most of the time I'm reading.


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finished up Honky Tonk Samuria the other night,   had originally gave it four stars, mainly because i thought it started a little slow,   but after thinking on it, went back and changed to five stars.   The book is just too good,  like all hap and leonard books, tons of fun, alot of action, great characters, actually got to see some from the past which is always fun.  

not going to spoil it,   but if you guys read it,  let me know what you think?  you will know what im talking about when you see it......


Currently reading Johnny Shaw's Floodgate and absolutely loving it,   im 40% into it and its a good one!!    depending on how it goes and ends,  it may be better than Big Maria,  and thats saying something

 next up for me will be Pimp by jason starr and ken bruen....another one i cant wait for.

so far in 2016 i have had stellar reads and looks like the year will continue to have great books come out....



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For those that are Max Allen Collins fans, I am currently reading Fate Of The Union and it is very good.
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Finished In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart McBride and loved it.  Lots going on in this book, with closure on some fronts but not on some others as McBride is great at weaving multiple story lines not only in one book, but across multiple books. All of McBride's books are good, but this one was on another level.....simply a very talented writer.  Love this series that MikeH started me on, but also love his other series with Ash Henderson, and here's hoping he gets back to that series one day soon.   An easy 5 stars.

Also read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and WOW, this author has an amazing imagination.  I'm not a big sci-fi guy, but this one was more than that.   A college professor is kidnapped off a Chicago street, and well, I don't want to say any more other than I had no idea where the story was going.   4 stars.

Have now started the book I won off Goodreads, The Widow by Fiona Barton.......100 pages in and it's pretty good.   The gist is "How much does a spouse really know about their (possibly) wicked partner ?

After that I have so many great choices..............the new Hap And Leonard, the new Linwood Barclay, the new Roger Smith, the new Adrian McKinty, the new Jeffery Deaver........I really don't remember a time when so many great books were all coming out in such a short period of time.  It's a good problem to have.

Do you people south of the border (or across the pond) have access to David Mark's new one, Dead Pretty ?   It's not available in Canada at all, and mysticpt and I are avid readers of this series.   Wondering what's up with that ?
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I finished reading Petrocelli by John Rachel.  He sent me the free ebook in exchange for a review.  I didn't love the book and this 327 pager felt much longer to me.  It was about middle of the road for me as a story but the author has an interesting background and several other published works which I will consider for some future TBR.

Next up is probably The Crossing by MC before the GPs are due.  My audiobook progress is zip for this year based on my current Overdrive database so I am researching my library network for some audiobooks on CD today to get something going on that front.  They restrict borrowing on new releases from other libraries in the network so I usually need to find books that have been published for 6 months or more.
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I have been checking Amazon since Aug 31st for David Freed's book, The Three Nine Line,to become available via Whispersync which allows me to flip from reading to listening on my iTouch.  I had emailed Amazon customer service a couple times to no avail and the publisher once but received nothing as far as a solution.  Awhile back, I had another issue of the same nature and I called Amazon to talk to a rep.  She told me to email Jeff Bezos so I did and the problem was resolved within a day or so.  I decided to finally do this again last week for this current issue with the previous attempts explained.  On 2/10, I received an email from somebody at Amazon responding on Jeff's behalf stating that my comments were shared with the Kindle team.  I checked today and the book is now available via Whispersync so I bought the combo book and audiobook for $13.06 (book $9.59 and only an additional $3.47 to listen to the fabulous Ray Porter as narrator).  Quite amazing considering the size of Amazon that the customer can voice a concern and it gets resolved.  My comment to them was "Once again, Amazon made me feel like I mattered as a customer".
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Join Michael Connelly at 12noon (EST) on Wednesday (2/17) for his Wall Street Journal Book Club Q&A about Raymond Chandler's "The Long Goodbye." The Q&A will be live on the The Wall Street Journal Facebook page.
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Finished 'Forty Thieves' by Thomas Perry ... Excellent and very unexpected  ...  I hope this turns into a new series ...  I really like The Abels, Sid and Ronnie  ...
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I don't enter many book giveaways on goodreads because we get so many of the books I want to read at the library.  If I purchase a book, I usually donate it to the library after I read it but I can't do that with an ARC.  I did, however, enter the giveaway for John Hart's Redemption Road and I won a copy! I just got the notification from goodreads.

mhughes, I finished Honky Tonk Samurai last night.  I know what you mean and I don't know what to think...
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I don't enter many book giveaways on goodreads because we get so many of the books I want to read at the library.  If I purchase a book, I usually donate it to the library after I read it but I can't do that with an ARC.  I did, however, enter the giveaway for John Hart's Redemption Road and I won a copy! I just got the notification from goodreads.

mhughes, I finished Honky Tonk Samurai last night.  I know what you mean and I don't know what to think...




Awesome news Betty.  I also entered and was hoping, but alas if not me, then just glad someone in here won.  Looking forward to John Hart's first book in 5 years.
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I don't enter many book giveaways on goodreads because we get so many of the books I want to read at the library.  If I purchase a book, I usually donate it to the library after I read it but I can't do that with an ARC.  I did, however, enter the giveaway for John Hart's Redemption Road and I won a copy! I just got the notification from goodreads.

mhughes, I finished Honky Tonk Samurai last night.  I know what you mean and I don't know what to think...


betty,  i know right????!!!   i am still wondering about that book!!   


And the goodreads giveaways are alot of times actual books and not ARC's.   I have won twice on goodreads and both books are actual retail versions of the book,  so you should be good with donating the book



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congrats to Tiger and Betty on your recent goodreads wins.  really looking forward to John Hart's latest.  fyi, I have won 3 times and 2 were the books and one was an advanced readers copy.

been awhile but here is what I have read lately....

I read a couple non fiction as were recommended to me by a goodreads friend and Travis. first was This House of Grief by Helen Garner.  she is a journalist in Australia and the tragic story revolves around the trial of a divorced father of 3 sons who while driving them back to their mother goes off the road and they end up drowned while the father survives.  was it an accident or something else?  I went back and forth on this one, and not still sure if I agree with the verdict.  well told, lots of drama.  4 stars.

then Ghettoside by Jill Leovy that Travis highly recommended is the story of life in South Los Angeles and the tragedies that befall many young black men and families as their murder rates are through the roof and the solve rate is very low.  many reasons and realities are explored in this tale featuring many cops trying to do the best they can.  loaded with statistics that will boggle your mind and break your heart.  you kind of knew things were bad, and they are sometimes overwhelming but the stats are stunning.  4 stars

then I tried Deadbeat – Makes you Stronger by Guy Adams which I saw was enjoyed by another goodreads (and real life) friend.  this one took awhile to figure out what was going on, there is a twist in this dead body investigation caper between 2 old friends.  however it veered between real violence with consequences and slapstick humour a lil too much for me.  there is another book in this series but I think I will pass.  3 stars tho

next I tried The Drifter which is the first book by Nicholas Petrie in what I assume will become a series.  It features a war vet who tries to help the family of his buddy who committed suicide.  I didn't find the plot that interesting or the other characters too developed in this thriller (and at the end the seeming redemption of one character who committed multiple murders boggled my mind).  the main character has some demons to deal with because of the war and he is helped along with my favorite character in the book, Mingus the mutt.  these 2 are sort of like an off the grid version of Scott and Maggie from the Crais books.  I think Betty liked this one better than I did, but I am interested enough to give the next book a try.  3 stars

next was Ruthless by John Rector, his most recent entry and now I am all caught up with this author.  not a bad book, the pages turn , but I have learned with this author that you really cannot trust anyone too carefully in these books, so because i didn't, no real surprises. I also felt there were too many parts of the story left unresolved for my taste.  3 stars

The Baazar of Bad Dreams is the recent short story collection by Stephen King that I was reading in between breaks of Ghettoside and This House of Grief.  not normally a fan of short stories, but their are some pretty good ones in here with nice introductions from the author.  4 stars

I was very excited to next read the new Gus Murphy series , Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman.  Gus is grieving the recent death of his son as he looks into the death of anothers son. while this had some good writing, the story was just not that engaging. It featured many interchangeable lowlife characters and the reveal of the bad guy didn't really matter to me by the time that came around.  Gus also wallows in grief a lil too often maybe, and he shares many similarities to the Prager character.  hopefully Gus is feeling a lil better in the next entry and the plot has more momentum.  3 stars.

Valley of Redemption is the 2nd book in the Tucker series by R.O. Barton that MikeH brought to our attention and that Jeff recently loved.  this book was a lil more on track with the story as Tucker looks into the death of a clients wife and the missing PI that was first hired to look into it.  lots of action and lots of great character moments.  for me, some of the moments went on a lil too long and some tighter editing would have made this a better read imo.  very enjoyable tho and 4 stars.

Then Trampoline, an illustrated novel by Robert Gipe that Travis has championed was next.  not the usual sort of story we read as this is more slice of life than mystery or thriller.  but what a life.  Dawn is the main character in this one (emphasis on character) and she is 15 and living in the heart of coal mining country.  she tries to navigate the trials of a teenager with the trials of her offbeat family members.  when I started this book I thought I knew where it was going.....another plucky teenager overcomes some obstacles, etc as they battle big coal., blah blah blah.  I could not be more wrong.  Dawn is nothing like I expected, her character is all over the place and I really enjoyed reading what would happen next.  lots of great character moments in this unpredictable and unique first novel.  5 stars

The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt) was next.  I had only previously read Lush Life, but I remembering enjoying that one, so I wanted to give this one a try.  It was pretty good and tells the story of cop on night manager duty in NYC.  due to circumstances he is on the downside of his career and Whites refers to guilty suspects who got away with crimes due to technicalities or not enough evidence.  he and his old gang from the 90's each have their own White that haunts them.  then one turns up dead which starts a whole new series of events.  lots of characters, gritty and features another pretty good storyline as well.  I liked it and want to go back and read more Price.  4 stars.

now onto Pretty Girls as I see it is making it onto some of your best of lists, and I did enjoy Cop Town.  not bad so far.....

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I tried Trampoline but didn't like it as much as the rest of you in here.  Had trouble at times keeping all of the characters........and they were characters.......straight in my head.   Like Betty said, it would be pretty boring in here if we all liked the same books.

The Widow by Fiona Barton was pretty good.  A psychological study of the evils of man and the secrets of family set  against the backdrop of a very flawed police procedural.

Have now started Far From True, the 2nd in Linwood Barclays Promise Falls trilogy.   
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The passing of Harper Lee is sad news.  She will be long remembered.
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Came across several books by some of my favorite authors recently at the local library that for some reason or another I had missed.
  • John Sandford's Hidden Prey
  • James Lee Burke's The Glass Rainbow
  • Robert Crais' Taken
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  • Craig Johnson's Another Man's Moccasins.  With the Viet Nam flashbacks, it was like simultaneously reading two novels.  The flashbacks brought back memories of my 6 years in the service, of which the last two was in the Pentagon briefing members of the JCS about Viet Nam.
 

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I tried Trampoline but didn't like it as much as the rest of you in here.  Had trouble at times keeping all of the characters........and they were characters.......straight in my head.   Like Betty said, it would be pretty boring in here if we all liked the same books.

The Widow by Fiona Barton was pretty good.  A psychological study of the evils of man and the secrets of family set  against the backdrop of a very flawed police procedural.

Have now started Far From True, the 2nd in Linwood Barclays Promise Falls trilogy.   


Hey Tiger, thanks for trying Trampoline, my wife did not like it as much as either, it's definitely quirky and as Mystic said different than our normal crome novels.
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The passing of Harper Lee is sad news.  She will be long remembered.


Hey Don, its great to hear from you. Yes Harper Lee was a remarkable woman. I liked Go set a Watchman alot, it's unfortunate that Harper Lee was unable to participate in an editing process for it and we were reading an unedited 1st draft. I think with some editing it could have been a 5 star book, as it was I had no qualms giving it 4 stars.
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finished Floodgate the other day from Johnny Shaw......at first i thought it would be his best book yet,  but didnt happen.  First half of book was going really well,  really liked it,  but then it just got weird for me,  could have went alot better,  too many things left up in the air for me.   Was still a nice book and i gave it four stars,  but it could have been so much better.



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Are we still going to read it for our April read?
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Are we still going to read it for our April read?


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.



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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.




It's waiting for me at the library. My problem is that I spend too much time researching great books to read and not enough time reading, apparently, because I've got about 40 "must reads" I want to read NOW! ;)
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I enjoyed Elizabeth Strout's new book, 'Lucy Barton' ...  Strout has such a unique voice ...
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