Old Flames by John Lawton. Historical crime/espionage set in Cold War Britain in the 1950s. Inspector Troy just doesn't fit in, but he's right in the middle of it all. It's my kinda deal. I can't get enough of Lawton (just don't tell Charles McCarry) ;) Also, it's a nice contrast to Ken Bruen's Once Were Cops, which I recently finished.
There's not that level of promiscuity in this and the first one I read, Black Out. I'm starting from the beginning of Lawton's series, so it sounds like Troy's relationships do degenerate somewhat. As for the first two, I will say they are probably more mystery/espionage than procedural, the former being more down my alley. Thanks for the headsup -- I'll know what I'm getting into.
Someone gave me a copy of James Patterson's Roses Are Red, so I decided to read it. Have never been a fan of his, but good grief, this reads like an outline of a novel. Serious events take place in 2 sentences. Alex Cross's daughter has a brain tumor, removed in hospital, goes home, no muss, no fuss.
Okay, I should have known better, right? But here's the thing I don't understand: This was a MAIN SELECTION of The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. Couldn't those slots be reserved for more deserving authors??
Sea Change by Jeremy Page
Just finished: Child of God, Cormac McCarthy
Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz