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I've returned to an old favorite -- reading Clive Cussler's POLAR SHIFT.

David DeLee
Fatal Destiny - a Grace deHaviland novel

I'm about to toss it.  Karin Slaughter, BLINDSIGHTED.  A very badly written book lacking all believability and research.  Female-focused thriller:  disgustingly violent and sexual crimes against helpless women by a male serial killer.  The psychology is way off.  Romance interferes every step of the way. The dialogue isn't logical. The big question: how does one rape a woman who is sitting on the toilet?  (Yes, it's a disgusting crime).


What surprised me and shouldn't have:  major publisher (Harper Collins) and over-the-top endorsements by George Pelecanos, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson, Laura Lippman, John Westermann, and Steve Hamilton.

Publishing is a dirty business.

While I haven't read Slaughter, I do find that many of these current thrillers rely on gore and shock value rather than story-telling. Fortunately, the "read the first chapter" choice has saved me some Kindle money.  

Ah, yes.  That's advisable.  Also, the first time for any author it's best to get the book at the library.

I'm taking a break from all the mystery, mayhem & murder of crime fiction, reading a EUREKA media tie-in novel called SUBSTITUTION METHOD. I just love this show.

David DeLee

Fatal Destiny - a Grace deHaviland novel

Just started The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry. I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't heard of him up until a few weeks ago. Awesome book, loving it...

Just finished Zoe Sharp's COLD DROP.  This is something of a page turner starring a young woman body guard who runs with her teenage charge from a host of brutal killers.  The body count gets very high. It's refreshingly free of the usual feminist claptrap, but ends up with so many confrontations that it reads a bit like the "Perils of Pauline."

I've just started Denise Mina's End of the Wasp Season.

Death in the Fast Lane by Chris Jay Becker

Finished last night Tom Piccirilli's THE COLD SPOT. Excellent, dark, very noirish, very touching and humane, with lots of action and violence. Highly recommended. 

I finished reading "Behind the Redwood Door" by John M. Daniel and it was fantastic! Last night, I started reading "Dumpster Dying" by Lesley A. Diehl and I'm already hooked!

THE NIGHT ETERNAL, book 3 in the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan. If you liked Stephen King's THE STAND,  and/or THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin, you will love this trilogy.

David DeLee

Fatal Destiny - a Grace deHaviland novel


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