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04-16-17 07:08 PM - Post#1697972    


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I like Burke, his Robicheaux novels are good.

Read Don Carpenters "A Couple of Comedians" last week. Very underrated writer, a shame he didn't get more credit during his lifetime.

Also read William Craddock's "Be Not Content". An autobiographical novel about the very early stages of the psychadelic revolution. Unreal the amount of damage those folks did to their brains. It gets into the weeds a few times during the more delusional segments, but overall a worthy read.

Currently enjoying Jonathan Coe's "The Rotters Club".
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04-18-17 04:23 PM - Post#1698069    


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Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

Crime noir novel by the writer/creator of True Detective. It centers on same Louisiana/SE Texas setting as the first season of the show; follows a NOLA mob enforcer who's been double-crossed by his boss.

I've really enjoyed it; great for those of you who liked the first season of True Detective.


 
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04-20-17 05:06 PM - Post#1698268    


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Galveston was a terrific read!

Currently reading The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe
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04-21-17 09:33 AM - Post#1698298    


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Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth sage. I'm on book 2, "Judas Unchained". Excellent space opera that mixes in military scifi quite nicely.

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04-26-17 07:54 AM - Post#1698441    


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Step up and Lead, Ablaze, and Hitler's Armies. I'm starting to get into reading more about WWII.

I'm reading Ablaze, it's a book about the Chernobyl disaster, and the people it affected. I'm just up to the point of the explosion, and it's amazing how shit works, or in most cases, doesn't work in Russia. With all of the red tape, government control, corruption, lack of training and lack of standards, it's a wonder more disaster don't happen there. Same can be said for other countries as well. People bitch about regulations and controls but without them, disasters like Chernobyl happen.
 
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05-01-17 06:01 PM - Post#1698696    


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Perfidia by James Ellroy. Ridiculously good.
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05-10-17 12:47 PM - Post#1698994    


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Perfidia by James Ellroy. Ridiculously good.



I'll definitely check this one out; I love true crime/noir/hardboiled fiction.


 
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05-10-17 12:49 PM - Post#1698995    


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The Game by Ken Dryden

I played goal growing up; I had to read this, eventually.


 
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05-12-17 06:46 PM - Post#1699132    


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  • taz Said:
Perfidia by James Ellroy. Ridiculously good.



I'll definitely check this one out; I love true crime/noir/hardboiled fiction.



about as noir and hardboiled as it gets!
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12-04-17 04:14 PM - Post#1707479    


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"Killers of the Flower Moon" It is about the Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. The Osage Indians were pushed off their land by the white man and relocated to a craggy part of Oklahoma. The founding Tribesmen were smart enough to own the mineral rights to the land and oil was eventually found underneath the feet of the Indians. Per capita these people were the richest in the world during the early 1900's. It reminds me of Erik Larson's works. It is non fiction which reads like fiction. Though one cannot make up the evils that men do to each other. I've gotten to the part where some have received justice, and the jacket cover mentions the last 70 pages unravels it all.
 
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12-18-17 05:11 PM - Post#1707980    


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I just got done with "The Midnight Line" by Lee Child. It is a Jack Reacher story. Our hero finds a class ring from West Point in a window of a pawn shop in the Mid West and he just wants to know why it is there. This takes him from Wisconsin to Wyoming with a stop in South Dakota. Along the way he meets a cast of interesting characters...OK anyone who knows about Reacher will like this book. It made a Ten Best list from one critic in the NY Times.
 
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03-18-18 05:13 PM - Post#1711708    


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"Don't Let Go" by Harlen Coben. Those of you who like crime novels along the lines of Child's and Burke's would appreciate this one.
 
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03-18-18 09:54 PM - Post#1711709    


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Reading “The Last Policeman.” Pre-apocalyptic novel about a cop investigating crimes in the 6 months before a meteor is set to wipe out all life on the planet.

Won the Edgar Award in 2012.

So far, so good.
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03-24-18 04:45 PM - Post#1711849    


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"Deal Breaker" by Harlan Coben. The first "Myron Bolitar" novel. Myron was a white man who played at Duke and was a beast who could jump. A first round pick of the Boston Celtics he got sandwiched between two humans who weighed a combined 600 lbs. Now he is a sports agent in New Jersey. I was reading chapters and turning pages then for some reason looked at the back cover and "Entertainment Weekly", I think, said the reader of this novel would do so.

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04-16-18 03:28 PM - Post#1712290    


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"Just One Look" by Harlan Coben. A wife's husband bolts out the door after seeing an old photo which was put into a the woman's photos she just picked up at the photomat. There are a lot of twists and turns and when it unraveled at the end I was glad it was over and not too sure of what went down, nor did I really care if I got all the details.

"The Last Car to Elysian Fields" by James Lee Burke. His books are a lot alike: An evil Southern, rich, family, the environment being described beautifully while being destroyed slowly, mis-treatment of black blues musicians at the hands of white gun balls, recounted years later by a fellow inmate. Our hero Dave Robicheaux is battling alcoholism and his violent temper and the demons of serving in 'Nam. In this one his cat "Snuggs" comes into his life. I really like visiting New Orleans twice in the late 90's and Burke's books remind me what a lovely place it is and describes in detail the spirit which was felt there.
 
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05-14-18 03:42 PM - Post#1713465    


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"The Drifter" by Nick Petrie was sent to me by a friend who I emailed and told that I had read a lot of Jack Reacher novels. I really sympathized with the "villains" as the large banks seem to go untouched. Peter Ash our hero is a vet who has post traumatic stress. The author "gets it right" as per the reviews in his next book which I am reading called "Burning Bright." The victim in this novel is so similar to many young women around here. In fact it takes place around here. Philz Coffee is in walking distance, Middelfield Ave. is even closer, Stanford U. is a 15 bike ride away. I digress.

"The Drifter" has Ash fixing the porch of a friend's wife, Dinah. The friend allegedly committed suicide. Under the porch Ash finds a huge ugly smelly dog and a suitcase full of cash, $400k. It takes place in Milwaukee and has vets, cops, and criminals all interested in Ash and the money he finds.
 
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