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Henning Mankell, BEFORE THE FROST.  I've been a fan of the Wallander novels (with some minor quibbles), so I purchased this title for my Kindle.  It turned out to be disappointing. Mankell has switched from Wallander to featuring his daughter Linda.  Turns out to be a poor move, since he portrays her as pretty incompetent.  She's the sort of female that walks down into a dark cellar, knowing a killer may lurk there.  Otherwise, the plot is a thriller with a couple of religious maniacs targeting women who've had abortions. There's a link to the Jonestown massacres to make sure you get the seriousness of the threat, and a dismemberment so it's sufficiently shocking.  Beyond that, the book is slow and boring.

Stuart Neville's STOLEN SOULS may be a very good book, but I just couldn't take it.  It's noir.  That means not just mean streets and violence.  It means utter hopelessness in this case.  The fad for noir novels has swamped us with such a mass of depressing books that I may have to do the unimaginable and start reading cozies.

Still in historical settings - this time Suffragette London with A Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young.  First in her new series featuring Dr Dody McCleland, the first female autopsy surgeon.

Just finished last night Ed Gorman's CAGE OF NIGHT from 1996. Gorman mixes the fifties noir theme of a wrong man on the run to touching small-time memoirs and a portrayal of doomed love. The book moves very succesfully between supernatural horror and more mundane noir thriller. 

Just finished a Dean Koontz novella called DARKNESS UNDER THE SUN on my Kindle. It was written to promote a new novel of his. Classic Koontz writing.

David DeLee

A Cold Wind - a Grace deHaviland novella

GALLOWS LANE by Brian McGilloway -- This is the second in a procedural series about an Irish police inspector set in Ireland on the border with North Ireland.  Now I've backed up and have started the first, BORDERLANDS. 

 

WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND by Fred Vargas -- I don't know how to categorize this series.  There is a French police inspector but he goes about his business in a strange way, sort of a Gestalt approach to crime-solving.  Her characterizations are appealing.

I've always felt that Vargas writes comedy, or farce.  Things are certainly not very realistic. Does McGilloway write noir, that sort of hopeless Irish stuff?  My tolerance for that is exhausted.

The tone is hopeful, a portrait of a hardworking cop.

Thanks.  Will keep it in mind.

Picked up Robert Crais' TAKEN and started it last night. A great read so far. But, I expected nothing less from Mr. Crais, he is one of my favorites.

David DeLee

A Cold Wind - a Grace deHaviland novella

I'm starting 'Taken' next week. 

This week it's 'Moonlight Mile' by Dennis LeHane

and 'Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception' :D 

Been busily catching up - Red Queen by H.M. Brown, Die Twice by Andrew Grant and a true crime book The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller by Hilary Bonney.  Now I'm getting back into the Gus Drury series by Tony Black with Loss.

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