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I use Goodreads to log the books I want to read, am reading, and have read. Their widget unfortunately, doesn't appear to by dynamic, so here are the 100 most recently read and reviewed as of 11/30/13.

Of late I've been reading The History of Middle Earth Books edited by Christopher Tolkien and as a result I've not been reading much other fiction.

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Foucault's Pendulum
3 of 5 stars
I glanced through other reviews and wasn't surprised to see a mix, nor was I surprised to see that others also struggled to finish this book. I'd read Name of the Rose years ago, and with the books I wanted checked out of the library, I...
tagged: fiction, suspense, and conspiracy_theory
The Machiavelli Covenant
3 of 5 stars
This suspense thriller was set primarily in Europe and features the President of the United States as its main character. President Harris is confronted by his top circle of advisers and asked to approve the assignation of the heads of ...
tagged: fiction, suspense, and conspiracy_theory
Stalin's Ghost
4 of 5 stars
Martin Cruz Smith's latest installment of the Arkady Renko series was published last summer, "Stalin's Ghost." In advance of reading this tome, I spent most of the summer catching up and read all but the first, Gorky Park (which I'd rea...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
The Sanctuary
3 of 5 stars
I was pleased to find Raymond Khoury had a new book out, the Sanctuary. Khoury's first book was a best-selling suspense novel, the Last Templar. This one is also on the best-seller list and is by all means a page turner. Ironically, my...
tagged: fiction, suspense, and conspiracy_theory
How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom
4 of 5 stars
Garry Kasparov's "How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves - from the Board to the Boardroom". It was a business book written based on correlations to chess. As someone who enjoys the game on a very amateur level, I gained quite ...
tagged: non-fiction, business, and chess
Dan Rooney: My 75 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL
4 of 5 stars
Rooney tells of growing up on the North Side in Pittsburgh, and gave an insider's look to the formation and growth of both the NFL and the Steelers. In a sense it was also a business book as Rooney discussed situations, decisions, and ...
tagged: non-fiction, business, and bio-autobio
Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations
4 of 5 stars
I wasn't too familiar with Paine's life and only knew of his writings, though could not say that I had studied or known them well. Nelson did a good job of explaining in great detail Paine's life and work in the context of the times. ...
tagged: non-fiction, bio-autobio, history, politics, and philosophy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
4 of 5 stars
The book was a good ending to the series and Rowling cleverly got everyone together at the end and resolved many storylines. Rowling brings all the characters back for the finale and while Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue to track hor...
tagged: fiction and fantasy
Wolves Eat Dogs
4 of 5 stars
Wolves Eat Dogs is the fifth Arkady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith. In Wolves Eat Dogs, a new Russian Billionaire is found dead having plunged from the window of his apartment. On the scene it is quickly confirmed to be a suicide - no...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
The Castle in the Forest
3 of 5 stars
Mailer's record is well known, but I hadn't read any of his works before and decided I should, so I read his most recent. It was an intriguing concept, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone faint of heart, it is in many ways vulgar, d...
tagged: history and fiction
Falling Man
3 of 5 stars
Don DeLillo's "Falling Man" is a book about a man who 'survives' the attack on the World Trade Center. Keith had been estranged from his wife and son, but after the attack and his descent from the tower, he finds himself at the door of ...
tagged: fiction
Havana Bay
4 of 5 stars
Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith is the fourth in the six Arkady Renko books Smith has written, the most famous of which is Gorky Park. Havana Bay took Renko from Russia to Cuba to identify the body of Pribulda. Pribulda was in Gorky Par...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
Red Square
4 of 5 stars
This is the third in the Arkady Renko series, which began with Gorky Park and then Polar Star. Red Square brought Renko back to Moscow following his exile in the Bearing Strait (Polar Star) which resulted from the fallout of an investig...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
Killing Che: A Novel
3 of 5 stars
I finished reading "Killing Che" by Chuck Pfarrer a fictional account based on Che Guevara's final revolutionary attempt in Bolivia. The book is Pfarrer's first fictional novel, but he did write a non-fiction book and was a screenwriter ...
tagged: fiction, history, and suspense
Polar Star
4 of 5 stars
Polar Star was written in 1989 and featured detective Arkady Renko who first appeared in Smith's Gorky Park (published in 1981). The book is set during the time of the Soviet Union, but near the end when there was some cooperation, tho...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
The Children of Húrin
5 of 5 stars
I finished J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Hurin, edited by Christopher Tolkien. I had not realized when the books' release was announced that this was essentially the story of Turin Turambar. 'Of Turin Turambar' was a story in The Sil...
tagged: fiction and fantasy
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
4 of 5 stars
I finished Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, which asks the question What on Earth am I here for? It also notes on the jacket that it has sold 25 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling non-fiction hardback book in history,...
tagged: non-fiction and religion
The Alexandria Link
3 of 5 stars
I finished Steve Berry's The Alexandria Link last night. The book features Cotton Malone who has appeared as the main character in several of Berry's previous works as well. Malone, who retired as a US government agent and is living in ...
tagged: fiction and suspense
The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud
3 of 5 stars
I finished the Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro. Originally published in 2004 in Spanish, it was translated to English in 2006. This is another of the religious artifact/mystery adventure set in the modern day. There is ...
tagged: fiction and suspense
A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature
3 of 5 stars
I finished A Beautiful Math by Tom Siegfriend last week. Not the subject for everyone, but if you were ever interested in game theory or a code of nature, this was a very interesting read addressing both the origins and current practices...
tagged: non-fiction and math-science
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
5 of 5 stars
I finished Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss. What a wonderful book. I was interested in this as a Pirates fan and from my little knowledge of Clemente as a player and humanitarian who lost his li...
tagged: non-fiction and bio-autobio
The Day Christ Died
4 of 5 stars
This books pulls together the story of Jesus' final day on earth as a man from all parts of the Bible as well as from scholarly text known then (it was written in the late 1950s). In doing so, the reader is given a chronological and coh...
tagged: non-fiction, religion, and history
The Philosopher's Apprentice: A Novel
3 of 5 stars
I wasn't familiar with James Morrow's previous work, but grabbed this one at the library upon reading the back cover which had a review of the Last Witchfinder described by USA Today as "A book to delight fans of writers such as John Bar...
tagged: fiction and philosophy
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
3 of 5 stars
The only books of Rice's that I've read are the two in this series and I've enjoyed them both. I don't take fiction books as anything other than fiction, so Biblical accuracy is not a main concern, but keeping it believable to the rea...
tagged: fiction, religion, and history
The Venetian Betrayal
3 of 5 stars
I've read each of Berry's books as they've been released and I've enjoyed them all. A good, quick, suspense book with a historical quest related to Alexander the Great coupled with a scientific conquest - curing HIV. There were some go...
tagged: fiction, history, and suspense
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5 of 5 stars
I'd read the Dirk Gently books many years ago and always wanted to read the Hitchhiker books. Only recently did a five novels and one story (slightly different from the paperback version in that it also includes Young Zaphod Plays it Sa...
tagged: fiction
Descartes's Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe
4 of 5 stars
I quickly finished Descartes' Secret Notebook by Amir Aczel. This non-fiction work follows Descartes' life and explores a secret, encrypted, notebook Descartes kept, why he kept it, and what it included. Living at the time of the Inquisi...
tagged: non-fiction, math-science, philosophy, religion, and history
The Religion
3 of 5 stars
Finally finished Tim Willocks, The Religion. This 600 page tome could probably have been reduced by a hundred or so without loss of story or understanding. Willocks creates memorable and unique characters who are even moreso when coupl...
tagged: fiction, history, and religion
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
3 of 5 stars
I was not the strongest math student, but am interested in the subject now. Seife provides a wonderful background and overview of zero, its use and disuse, and its relationship with infinity and one. The math concepts were mostly under...
tagged: non-fiction, math-science, philosophy, and religion
Notes from Underground & The Double
5 of 5 stars
The version I read only included Notes From Underground (Bantam 1974, translated by Mirra Ginsburg). Dostoyevsky's portrayal of the solitary man is striking and powerful. The reader feels pained for this man, frustrated by him, sorry f...
tagged: fiction
The Brothers Karamazov
5 of 5 stars
"Hurrah for Karamazov!" After 700+ pages (Signet Classic Unabridged Edition), I too was shouting "Hurrah!" I'm not quite sure how long it took me to finish "The Brothers Karamazov". I read for periods of time, then took time off before...
tagged: fiction
The Fourth Hand
3 of 5 stars
Published in 2001, it's not exactly new, but it was an interesting read about a TV journalist who has his hand bitten off during an assignment by a group of lions, gains fame in doing so, undergoes surgery to have a new hand, his third, ...
tagged: fiction
The Templar Legacy
3 of 5 stars
This is the fourth book by Berry whose style is in the suspense/action mode of the Da Vinci Code. Berry's book was released in March just a couple weeks behind the The Last Templar. In The Templar Legacy, Cotton Malone, is a recently r...
tagged: conspiracy_theory, fiction, and suspense
The Last Templar
3 of 5 stars
Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar was published a few weeks before Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy in 2006. Khoury takes a crime story approach to open the story and it segues into a suspense novel. An unprecedented crime opens the no...
tagged: fiction, detective-crime, and suspense
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
3 of 5 stars
Anne Rice writes a fictional novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt about a year in the life of Christ as his family leaves Egypt to return to Nazareth following the death of Herod. It is during this trip that Jesus begins to understand who...
tagged: fiction, religion, and history
The Secret Supper
4 of 5 stars
Immediate assumption - DaVinci Code Knock-Off. None-the-less, I enjoy this type of fast paced historical based, but yet fantastical fiction, so I checked it out from the library. Two days later the phone rings and The Poe Shadow is wait...
tagged: detective-crime and fiction
The Poe Shadow
4 of 5 stars
I probably enjoyed the Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl even more than his debut novel, The Dante Club. Pearl has become my favorite new/current writer based on these two books. In the Poe Shadow, Quentin Clark, a Baltimoreon lawyer, risks e...
tagged: history, fiction, and detective-crime
The Palace Tiger
4 of 5 stars
I received an advance reading copy of the Palace Tiger, which went on sale 7/25/06, by Barbara Cleverly. I had not previously read any of her works and was not aware until I received it that there was a series of books based on the chara...
tagged: detective-crime and fiction
The Third Secret
3 of 5 stars
Berry, author of "The Amber Room" and "The Romanov Prophecy" writes yet another fast paced, page turner suspense novel. This book is primarily set in the Vatican with side trips to Germany and Bosnia and the "Secrets" are based on Maria...
The Last Pope
2 of 5 stars
The book moved quickly with short chapters as one has come to expect from the genre. It also had some potentially interesting characters, but in the end it was a let-down for me. The book was written and set in 2006. It opens with the...
tagged: fiction, religion, conspiracy_theory, and suspense
The Last Kashmiri Rose
4 of 5 stars
I had read the Palace Tiger some time ago and needing something to read I decided to revisit Cleverly's character Joe Sandilands. This is the first of several Sandilands mysteries and like the Palace Tiger I enjoyed this one as well. A...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
Artemis Fowl
3 of 5 stars
This was a fun read - and quick. I had suggested a few times to my daughter to try this series and at the end of last year she started reading it, school was coming to a close, she had to return it, and last week she checked it out of t...
tagged: fiction and fantasy
The Force Unleashed
3 of 5 stars
From a literature standpoint this book earns no more than a three, but for Star Wars fans it fills a part of the void between episodes III & IV (prequel movies and originals). I've only read one other Star Wars book and I forget the tit...
tagged: fiction and science-fiction
The Zero Game
2 of 5 stars
I'd read Meltzer's The Book of Fate and with three books I wanted to read checked out or over due at the library I gravitated to the M's and found the Zero Game. A suspense thriller set on Capital Hill grabbed my attention and the book ...
tagged: fiction and suspense
Labyrinth
3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed Kate Mosse's Labyrinth. The first third was a bit slow, but after that it moved quickly and was rather compelling. It is a Grail search book written in 2005. The story is set in two time periods - the 1200s and modern day. ...
tagged: fiction, suspense, and religion
The Tsarina's Daughter
3 of 5 stars
I wasn't certain if I'd like this book, but the subject matter is one of great interest to me (the Russian Revolution) so I gave it a shot. The Romanov family is well known today mostly through the stories surrounding Rasputin, a mystic...
tagged: fiction and history
The Enchantress Of Florence
4 of 5 stars
This was the first time I read one of Salman Rushdie's books and in many ways it reminded me of a variation on a John Barth work. The characters were powerful, complex, and yet simple. The story was the story, or two, wide and ranging,...
Moscow Rules
3 of 5 stars
This was the first Silva book I'd read and didn't know it was a series when I started. Silva's character, Gabriel Allon, is a retired Israeli agent turned art restorer, who is drawn back into the game for a one time meeting with the edi...
tagged: fiction and suspense
Ghostwalk
2 of 5 stars
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott is a story about Lydia Brooke, a woman who is asked to complete a nearly finished biography of Isaac Newton, written by the mother, Elizabeth Vogelsang, of her former lover, Cameron Brown. Set in Cambridge, th...
tagged: fiction, history, and detective-crime
The Arctic Incident
3 of 5 stars
For me, as an adult, the Artemis Fowl series is a guilty pleasure. I get a kick out of Artemis, smart beyond reason youth he is, and like the relationship between him and his bodyguard, Butler. Throw in the fantastical underworld of fa...
tagged: fiction and fantasy
City of Thieves
4 of 5 stars
City of Thieves by David Benioff was a can't put down book that I was lucky enough to glimpse on the "new" shelf at the library. When I saw that it was "Russian" I couldn't resist and picked it up along with The Good Thief, by Hannah Ti...
tagged: fiction and history
The Good Thief
3 of 5 stars
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti has some very interesting characters, and it was a pretty decent read, but I felt the ending left something to be desired. The story is about an orphan Ren, who longs to know his history. One day Benjamin...
tagged: fiction
The Alchemist
3 of 5 stars
I didn't know anything about this book, except that it was on my list of books to read for quite some time. I got two books at the library and since this one couldn't be renewed I read it this week and put the other down for a few days....
tagged: fiction
The Sacred Cut
3 of 5 stars
The Sacred Cut was the first book I'd read by David Hewson and apparently it is the third of seven Nic Costa detective books. My benchmark for detective books is the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith. I didn't get to know Costa ...
tagged: fiction, detective-crime, and suspense
The Eternity Code
3 of 5 stars
I enjoy this series and the relationships of Butler, Artemis, Holly and Mulch. I had forgotten to write this one up, right after reading. The humans and fairies team up again after Artemis rejiggers some captured fairy technology and c...
tagged: fiction
The Opal Deception
3 of 5 stars
Artemis is drawn into the fairy world once again to team up with Holly and Mulch to save their world from Opal Kobai and finds himself in his most dangerous/life-threatening situation yet. Good pace and further development of the boy ge...
tagged: fiction
The Lizard's Bite
3 of 5 stars
The next in the Nic Costa series, the detectives Costa and Peroni along with their boss Falcone are 'exiled' in Venice following their disregard for following the rules in the Sacred Cut. In Venice they are joined by girlfriends, Emily ...
tagged: detective-crime, fiction, and suspense
Lucifer's Shadow
3 of 5 stars
I took out Lucifer's Shadow and Lizard's Bite both by David Hewson at the same time and read Lizard's Bite first as I had read the previous Costa detective book the Sacred Cut. I should have read Lucifer's Shadow first. The Lizard's Bi...
tagged: detective-crime, suspense, and fiction
State of Fear
3 of 5 stars
Despite the number of well known books, movies and tv show ER, I'd never read any of Michael Crichton's books, so I picked up State of Fear and enjoyed it. To begin, I don't read fiction to learn. I read non-fiction for that. So for m...
tagged: conspiracy_theory, detective-crime, and fiction
The Lost Colony
3 of 5 stars
Another great read and enjoyable story in the series, which sees even further development of Artemis the person. In the Lost Colony, Artemis investigates demon sightings, and calculates where they will next occur. Apparently, someone e...
tagged: fantasy and fiction
Death Match
2 of 5 stars
I hadn't read any work or co-written work by Child, so this was my first experience with his writing. The story was about a reclusive computer genius Richard Silver who founds a matchmaking service, Eden, which has incredibly successful...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
The Tomb of Zeus
1 of 5 stars
Read, but didn't finish. Was so bummed out, but I tried and tried and simply couldn't get into this book. I did make it to page 79 in paperback, but after more than once asking why I was still reading, decided to stop. I'd read a coup...
tagged: fiction
The Last Dickens
5 of 5 stars
I loved the first two books of Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club and the Poe Shadow, and couldn't wait to read his latest The Last Dickens. I wasn't let down. This is arguably the best of the three in a photo-finish. The story is told alon...
tagged: fiction and detective-crime
The Charlemagne Pursuit
3 of 5 stars
I've read each of Berry's Cotton Malone books and some have grabbed me more than others. His topics tend to be ones of interest to me, and the character of Malone is intriguing. This book featured a European family with wealth beyond m...
tagged: fiction and suspense
The Seventh Sacrament
3 of 5 stars
The fifth of eight (and counting) in the Nic Costa series, this is the fourth of Hewson's books I've read and third in the series. The core cast of characters is now up to six which makes it a challenge when you add in others to make a ...
tagged: detective-crime, fiction, and suspense
White Shark
3 of 5 stars
White Shark is the first book I read by Peter Benchley. Jaws remains one of my all-time favorite movies, and as I randomly searched shelves at the library I came across Benchley and decided to give this a go. I liked the main character...
tagged: fiction and suspense
Strip Tease
3 of 5 stars
Have been reading David Hewson's Nic Costa series and last week decided to browse the shelves for additional books when I came across Hiaasen. I'd heard of him, but not read any of his books. I decided to go with the oldest one on the ...
tagged: detective-crime and fiction
Requiem: The Fall of the Templars
3 of 5 stars
Finally finished The Fall of the Templars by Robyn Young, returned it to the library, and made a donation due to my tardiness. While it took a while to read, it was more my fault than the books. Having said that, the book does span som...
The Alexander Cipher
3 of 5 stars
The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams is the type of book I enjoy - fast paced fiction centered around a historical mystery to be solved. Adams did a good job of getting people together at the end for the resolution and the story moved alo...
tagged: suspense
Gold of Kings
3 of 5 stars
Davis Bunn's Gold of Kings was a decent quest based suspense novel, but my three stars are on the closer to two side of the rating scale. I liked the three main characters, Harry, Emma, and Storm, as well as Hakim and Leon, and while mo...
tagged: suspense and fiction
Sick Puppy
3 of 5 stars
Carl Hiassen's "Sick Puppy" was a raucous adventure featuring characters who were extreme in their being. This alone made them each comical and entertaining. Taking the cake may have been Boodle/McQuinn the labrador retriever, who was ...
tagged: fiction
The Sign
2 of 5 stars
I read both Santuary and the Last Templar, so when I saw Raymond Khoury had a new thriller I grabbed it off the shelf at the library. I did finish the book, but was mostly disappointed throughout. Khoury had a potentially good/compelli...
tagged: fiction and history
The Last Lecture
4 of 5 stars
Like most everyone else, I knew of the backstory to the book prior to reading. I held off actually reading the book until I was travelling last week and wanted a small book to bring along. I finished the book in one day and loved it. ...
tagged: bio-autobio and philosophy
Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery
2 of 5 stars
Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli could have been a much better book than it turned out to be. The core story, a group of modern day neo Pythagoreans who call themselves "the Beacon" set up a team to find th...
tagged: fiction, history, math-science, and philosophy
The Eight
3 of 5 stars
I had wanted to read Katherine Neville's The Eight for some time and didn't mostly because my library didn't have it. I finally got it and really enjoyed the story. Published in 1989, I found it to be much better than many of the suspens...
tagged: chess, conspiracy_theory, fiction, history, and suspense
Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar
3 of 5 stars
The Brethren by Robyn Young is book one of a trilogy featuring Will Campbell, a Knights Templar. Not realizing this was a trilogy, I'd previously read book three and enjoyed it, but now reading book one, I have a much better understandi...
tagged: fiction
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
3 of 5 stars
I debated reading this, but when I saw that Matthew Pearl spoke highly of it on the jacket cover, I decided to pick it up. If there were half stars, it'd get a 3.5 and I'd have gone with four if I liked the ending better. It was ok, bu...
tagged: fiction and history
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life
4 of 5 stars
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is a book about living a Christian life. It reminded me of Joe Gibbs book "Racing to Win." Dungy uses his celebratory as a coach to spread his message and he does so in a way that was relatable to me as a...
tagged: bio-autobio and religion
Crusade
3 of 5 stars
I started with book three not realizing this was a trilogy, so having finished Crusade by Robyn Young, I've finished the cycle. Crusade was not as compelling to me as Brethren (Book 1) or Fall of the Templars (Book 3), but it did provid...
tagged: fiction
John the Baptizer: A Novel
3 of 5 stars
I recently finished Brooks Hansen's John the Baptizer: A Novel. I think I expected more from this book than what I got. The book tells the story of John beginning before his birth to set the tone for who is parents were and their role ...
tagged: fiction, history, and religion
Napoleon's Pyramids
3 of 5 stars
William Dietrich's Napoleon's Pyramids was alright, but had great potential and was therefore a bit disappointing. I couldn't give it a two, but two and a half is probably more accurate. Ethan Gage is an American, who's fame is based on...
tagged: fiction and suspense
Great Expectations
4 of 5 stars
I picked up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens over the holiday break, mostly because I hadn't ever read any works by Dickens and thought it was a good time to get started. Compared to today's fast paced, page-turners, this was a slo...
tagged: fiction
The Book Thief
3 of 5 stars
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak had been on my to read list for some time and I never got around to it until a Goodreads friend lent me a copy. I stopped after page two. It surprised me how much I didn't like immediately. The narrator ...
tagged: fiction and history
The Lost Symbol
2 of 5 stars
I'd read both the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and enjoyed them both, but liked Angels & Demons better. The Lost Symbol I did not enjoy, and in fact had to force myself to finish it. To begin, the book was about twice...
tagged: conspiracy_theory and fiction
The Rosetta Key
3 of 5 stars
The Rosetta Key is the second in the Ethan Gage series by William Dietrich. This one picks up with Gage in the Holy Land following his escape from Napoleon's troops in Egypt. The books are in many ways wildly ridiculous, but fun and th...
tagged: fiction, history, and suspense
Point Omega
3 of 5 stars
Don DeLillo is well regarded and won the National Book Award, but I can't say I'm excited about his work. This is the third book of his I read and I probably won't read any more. They aren't bad or poorly written, they simply aren't fo...
tagged: fiction
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
3 of 5 stars
I was intrigued to learn about "Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa" by R.A. Scotti, as I had been unaware that the Mona Lisa had been stolen in the early part of the 1900s. Scotti starts off in crime novel like fashion se...
tagged: detective-crime, history, and non-fiction
A Season For The Dead
3 of 5 stars
 
tagged: detective-crime
The Garden Of Evil
4 of 5 stars
I've read most, but not all of the Nic Costa books by David Hewson and have enjoyed them based on the depth of the characters coupled with the environments in which they live and work. Hewon does not write the page-turner that is over i...
tagged: detective-crime, fiction, and history
The Secret Agent
4 of 5 stars
I've read this book several times since college. I was first attracted to it based on its focus on terrorism in the late 1800's, a turbulent time of political upheaval across Europe. Verloc, the main character lives with his wife, her d...
tagged: detective-crime, conspiracy_theory, fiction, and politics
The Bourne Identity
3 of 5 stars
I saw a list of the best thriller/suspense/action books and this was included. I hadn't realized how "old" it was, and have to admit I was really surprised by how good the book was. My first experience in the genre was Len Deighton's co...
tagged: fiction and suspense
The Day of the Jackal
3 of 5 stars
The Day of the Jackal is a story set in the 1960s about the detective work involved in finding an unknown man hired to kill French President Charles de Gaulle. Set prior to the 'information age' the story details step-by-step how the de...
tagged: detective-crime and fiction
The Art of Racing in the Rain
3 of 5 stars
I grew up in the same town as Mario Andretti, have been trying to help an 18 year old open-wheel race car driver (who loves racing in the rain), have a wife and two daughters, and a black lap. Having said that, I wanted this to be the b...
tagged: fiction
The Lady in Blue
3 of 5 stars
This is the second book I read by Javier Sierra and overall I liked the Last Supper better than the Lady in Blue. The Lady in Blue actually strikes on several topics of interest to me. Having lived in Tucson, I always thought the missio...
tagged: conspiracy_theory and religion
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
3 of 5 stars
I read this book in the early 1990s and needed something fun so I picked it up at the library. I enjoyed the book, but really need to read book one of the series. Dirk Gently is a holistic detective who is hired by a wealthy client who...
tagged: detective-crime, fiction, and science-fiction
The Salmon of Doubt
3 of 5 stars
Fans of Adams will enjoy this book, which is a collection of essays and an attempt to organize his opening chapters of a third Dirk Gently novel, The Salmon of Doubt. Potentially most interesting about the book is Adams own notion that ...
tagged: fiction, non-fiction, and science-fiction

 

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