Finished Harlan Coben, LONG LOST. A # 1 New York Times Bestseller. I wonder what that tells us. This book assumes that Al-Quaeda has infiltrated a U.S. fertility clinic, where Al-Quaeda members serve as doctors who divert embryos from blond, blue-eyed women to a number of clinics for unwed mothers, where the embryos are implanted in Muslim women kept there for breeding purposes. The resulting blond, blue-eyed children are raised to be terrorists and to attack the country from within. At the time of the novel, they have become teenagers and are ready to begin their assignments.
Doesn't anyone think this is embarrassingly stupid? It's published by Signet!
Ruth Rendell, PORTOBELLO: This is not the Wexford police procedural series, but rather one of her psuchological novels. It is a crime novel, since it involves crimes and criminals. The British term is looser than our "mystery" or "detective novel" and serves the genre well. PORTOBELLO is very good, as most of Rendell's books are reliably excellent. The title refers to the London area surrounding the famed Portobello Road, haunt of avid antiques hunters. The character all live there but come from different classes and have separate lives until events link them together. Several of them have psychological quirks of various types. Rendell's interest is in what makes people act the way they do, frequently in ways designed to lead them toward catastrophe.