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By coincidence, I have two novels by two of the greats on hand at the moment: Henning Mankell THE MAN WHO SMILED and Ian Rankin's STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE. By another coincidence, both are books where the authors resurrect their original protagonists. However, it's no coincidence at all that both novels are excellent, as strong as their best. As for the protagonists: Wallander is back after a lengthy recovery froma mental breakdown after having shot someone (in Sweden apparently the State pays for more than a year's vacation if necessary), and Rebus works cold cases as a civilian adjunct. The idea of the wounded warrior returning to battle is an attractive one in either case.


Highly recommended.

Michael Connelly also brought Bosch back to review cold cases.  A happy solution in all three


Yes, indeed.  I forgot about Bosch.

Just finished and tossed:  Ake Edwardson ROOM 10.  A horribly frustrating book with a simple revenge plot (I skimmed to the end) dressed up in bizarre situations and clues.  The worst part was that the mass of extraneous chit chat and thought associations via internalizing by many characters lengthened the book enormously. Easily 70 % of the internalizing and 50 % of the dialogue needed to be removed. The book is twice as long as is reasonable.

I'm in the middle of Janwillem van de Wetering's DEATH OF A HAWKER.  It's kind of sad that I'm nearing the end of a series of an author who has died.

In the same vein, I reread a few of Michael Dibdin's.  He and Camilieri certainly give me the feeling of being in Italy again.  I get the same feeling for Conor Fitzgerald's.  He's only written three or four books, so I should continue to have a supply of books set in Italy.

Recently finished Archer Mayor's THE SECOND MOUSE, which is one of the better 'first-person' police procedurals.  What I like also is that the main character has both a huge respect for the law and a great deal of emphathy for both the good guys and the bad guys.

Next up is Karin Fossum's EVA'S EYE.  I must admit that I'm moving fairly quickly through DEATH OF A HAWKER to get to Fossum. 

 Also have to admit that I've ordered the first in the Craig Johnson's LONGMIRE series because I like the tv show so much.

On Netflix streaming, there are two different production series of Ken Bruen's JACK TAYLOR series.  Both are well done.



I'm also fond of Janwillem van de Wetering's books. The two protagonists are wonderful.

I'm about to finish up Walter Mosley's latest Easy Rawlins novel "Little Green" (which I'm really enjoying but since I'm a fan of both the character and Mosley's writing style that probably isn't all that unexpected) and have a "Joyland" by Stephen King on deck.  

Let us know how you like Joyland, Jemir.

Will do, Richard (also noticing I went typo and called it "a Joyland" instead of Joyland. Personally I blame the public school system ... even though I wnet to private school). Approaching the finish line on Little Green so I'm thinking Joyland will be my commute companion in the next week or so (when I'm not using that time to map out my marketing plan for the Graphic Novel collection I have coming out in a few months).

One local true crime and The Raven's Eye which is the latest from Barry Maitland, followed by Zero At the Bone by David Whish-Wilson

Can't read Barry Maitland. Don't know Whish-Wilson.

Just found Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Very readable style, but the story is a bit hard to follow, mostly because there really doesn't seem to be a story and more an account fo something that actually happened. but I like the style and I'll def look for more work of his.


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