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06-17-18 04:23 PM - Post#1714191    


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Reading “Five Families” by Selwyn Raab. Required reading for anyone interested in learning about the mob in America. Well written and engaging. Highly recommend.



That's sitting on my nightstand, going to get to it this summer.
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06-24-18 02:18 PM - Post#1714318    


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I just got done with "Fade Away" another Harlan Coeben thriller(sic) with Myron Boliter getting a chance to play in the NBA. He goes undercover to find a superstar, his former rival from N.C.. Myron got his knee blown out in a practice game before he got a chance to play in the NBA, despite being a top ten pick out of Duke. He went to Harvard Law School, passed the bar, and became a sports agent. In the novels he spends a lot of time finding out the truth to heinous crimes with sports as a back drop. The are very descriptive of the Jersey, NYC area and very 20 years ago, plus, "the author has read a lot of the newspapers to get his material." My significant other's words.

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08-06-18 05:52 PM - Post#1714852    


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Since the last post I've read by Harlan Coben: "Caught," "Live Wire" and "Long Lost." Two are Myron Bolitar's adventures and the third has characters from the Bolitar series. Winford Horne Lockwood 111, Big Cyndi, "North of 6'5" and 300 lbs. and her former wrestling partner, Esparanza, aka "Little Pochahantas", and one of his ex-girlfriends, Teresa Collins. Anyone who has read the Myron Bolitar series, some or all, I'd recommend "Caught" if he hasn't read it already.


"Win" in Coben's books, "Clete Purcell" in James Lee Burke's and "Lewis" in Nick Petrie's books are some awesome sidekicks.

Currently I am reading, "Curtain" by Agatha Christie. I may or may not have read this in the 80's as I read some books, my dad was an editor, but did smoke a lot of ganja. "Curtain" is M. Herucle Poirot's last appearence in her novels. So far all the guests are at a huge house and one of them is a murderer.... Ok that is status quo, what is interesting, besides the characters, is the griping of one getting older and the times they are a changing. SOS DD but still a good read, Poirot knows the murderer but won't tell his "Mon Ami", Hastings, who is the failing detective's eyes, ears, and legs. Poirot is invalid but his brain is still sharp.



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09-09-18 06:51 PM - Post#1715314    


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I read "Home" by Harlan Coben last month, he is good a twisting his stories into the "epilogue."

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09-15-18 06:15 PM - Post#1715356    


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I just read "One Shot" by Lee Child. I've seen the movie which is titled after Child's hero. A nice change from the movie in the way it all goes down. The movie actually does a better job with The Zec's motive of his terror. I like the story of one of the victim's in the movie better in the movie than the book.
 
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11-05-18 08:28 AM - Post#1716170    


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THE BEASTIE BOYS BOOK. Bought it on Saturday. It's gonna be an old school NYC goldmine from my era of coming of age in the sit-ay. Can't wait to dive into this one.

I've also read great things about the Roger Daltrey book too, but haven't picked that up yet (The BB book was $50, so I have to slow my roll a little).
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11-24-18 03:27 PM - Post#1716456    


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Since my last post I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Jack Reacher: No Middle Name", "Six Years" by Harlen Coben.

Now I've started "The Russian Five" by someone named Gave. I forgot his first name. It tells the story of Detroit building their dynasty through the draft. In the one draft they picked Fedorov, Lidstrom and were thinking of drafting Bure. They settled for one who played 9 games in the NHL whose name is McCosh. A middle school teacher somewhere. In the earlier rounds they picked Sillinger and Boughner.

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12-14-18 07:31 PM - Post#1716714    


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Since my last post I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Jack Reacher: No Middle Name", "Six Years" by Harlen Coben.

Now I've started "The Russian Five" by someone named Gave. I forgot his first name. It tells the story of Detroit building their dynasty through the draft. In the one draft they picked Fedorov, Lidstrom and were thinking of drafting Bure. They settled for one who played 9 games in the NHL whose name is McCosh. A middle school teacher somewhere. In the earlier rounds they picked Sillinger and Boughner.


So I finished "The Russian Five" by Keith Gave. Gave wrote exactly or in some cases, in so many words the same ideas. All of you who were watching the NHL back then would not find anything new. REading about the Limo crash was very emotional and the what could have been is mind boggling. One may know of Bowman's genius, he would as a player for a light, he didn't smoke, and the Wing would give a book of matches to Scotty. Then Scotty would say, "Oh how how was the (bar) last night?" Or he'd have a bellman have the players sign a stick with a sharpie pen, all supplied by Scotty, after curfew. So the players would incriminate themselves, a fact not lost on Bowman. It was a fun read which brought back memories as Larinov was a Shark, and San Jose did upset the Wings on Baker's goal.
 
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01-10-19 08:31 AM - Post#1717099    


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2/3 the way through “The Gospel According to Luke.” Steve Lukather of “Toto” fame wrote it. Very interesting. He played with practically everyone of note in music between the 70’s and now. Lots of great behind the scenes stories about the band and the session scene in California.
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01-12-19 03:31 PM - Post#1717148    


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"The Innocent" by Harlan Coben. Another of his formulated novels which tells of the dark side of white picket fences. This one has the title character with my name. He is not welcomed in his chosen neighborhood due to his past, he makes the property values decrease. I am guessing I have been doing that for the last 20+ years. There are a few other relevant, to my life, and the hero's. One it that some of the story takes place in Vegas, my brother bought a duplex in Vegas recently.

Coben's stories tend to unwind greatly at the end, and more than one of his books I've wanted to go back and see who the character was that turned out to be in the "twisted ending." But I haven't.
 
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01-13-19 09:36 AM - Post#1717158    


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HH, you've probably read Michael Connelly but if you haven't, they are excellent books. Start with the The Black Echo.

My favorite of the mystery/thriller genre is John Connolly. Some of the best bad guys you'll ever read. Start with Every Dead Thing if you haven't read any of his stuff. There are 17 books in the series.

Two other guys worth checking out are Giles Blunt and William Kent Kreuger.
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01-13-19 05:14 PM - Post#1717178    


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I liked Lincoln Lawyer.
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01-17-19 08:40 PM - Post#1717289    


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Thanks for the recommendations, as I walked into the library to return a book I saw the new Lee Child, Jack Reacher, Novel, "Child Past Tense." So I'll be reading that for the next 7 days.

I just got done with "A Morning for Flamingos" by James Lee Burke. Another one of his descriptive crime thrillers set in the Louisiana area of New Orleans and New Iberia. Robicheaux is dealing with greaseballs, lowlifes, put upon blacks, it was written in 1990 about the South so he uses "negro", pencil necked geeks of the DEA and FBI and his buddy Clete pushing heads of one down the toilet while it is flushing. This one has Dave meeting Bootsie again and eventually marrying her. All his novels which take place in LA have me thinking about the 2 times I visited New Orleans and how ignorant I was about in what I was being a tourist. Which is nice. If I do ever read another series of crime novels I will start from the beginning as Taz recommended.
 
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01-18-19 03:53 PM - Post#1717314    


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The above book in the first sentence is "Past Tense."
It is interesting so far as the villains appear to be millennial douche bags who like to erase history.

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