Monday, January 15, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Down the Darkest Street by, Alex Segura

Pete Fernandez didn't see the kick coming.

Set roughly a year after Silent City, Pete Fernandez has hit bottom. He gained some minor celebrity from stopping the Silent Death, but drank it, and most of the goodwill of his fellow man, away. After one especially bad night, he decides to clean up his act and it works out pretty well for him. He's got a job at a local bookstore and his ex, Emily, is moving in with him after a separation from her husband. But when Pete gets involved with a case of a missing girl, the kicks just keep coming.

Alex Segura is a writer who needs to be known. He paints the neon lights and the dark shadows of Miami in such vivid detail and has created a wonderful character in Pete Fernandez. From page one, you empathize with Pete and root for a happy ending for him. Since this is noir, every happy ending has a dark cloud behind it.

The Pete Fernandez series is highly recommended. I look forward to reading Dangerous Ends.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Song of the Week: So Fresh, So Clean

The year is a week old, so it's still pretty fresh and squeaky clean.

Also, there ain't nobody dope as me.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Life According to Books: 2017

It's been a while since I did one of these. In 2017, I broke my personal record of books read with 47. Here are 10 questions answered by books I read in 2017.

1. Black Friday makes me: Blind to Sin (Dave White)

2. If you post ignorant comments on Facebook: Murder is My Business (Brett Halliday)

3. In my ID photo, I look like: John Quincy Adams (Paul Nagel)

4. If someone interrupts my reading, I: (dig a) Shallow Grave (Dave White & Alex Segura)

5. When I read/watch the news, I: (witness) The Vanishing American Adult (Ben Sasse)

6. The last time I visited the zoo, I: (saw a) Mexican Tree Duck (James Crumley)

7. If I were a Supreme Court justice, I would: (stand) Athwart History (William F. Buckley)

8. Absolutely nothing compares to: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Rob Thomas)

9. Best advice my mom gave me was: (be a) Master and Commander (Patrick O'Brian)

10. My hope for 2018 is: Honor Among Thieves (Jeffery Archer)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Honor Among Thieves by, Jeffrey Archer

Embarrassed and enraged after the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein hatches an ingenious plot to steal the Declaration of Independence and burn it on live TV on the Fourth of July. The CIA and Mossad join forces to steal the Declaration back before this can happen and anyone knows it's missing.

The plot is ridiculous and so is most of the book. I feel that's kind of the point. Our heroes are a constitutional law professor at Yale and a Mossad trainee who is a retired supermodel because, of course they had to be. One of the more ridiculous elements is their escape from Bagdad where they dismantle a pink Cadillac, carry it 20 miles across the desert, reassemble it, and drive away. It's a fun sort of book that you just turn your brain off and enjoy like people who watch the Fast and the Furious movies or National Treasure.

Archer gets dinged for style points, though. The book is tilted a lot toward summary and away from scene with tons of passive voice everywhere. Though all the summary may be a good thing because his dialogue is very stilted.

Honor Among Thieves was a fun little diversion, but I kept getting distracted from the story by the writing.