April 8 - An early March trip to the Netherlands and South Africa gave ample time to read on the
long flights and waiting in airports and also the opportunity to find some new authors
in bookstore browsing. It added up to a good set of seven books read this month that I
rate very highly (5 stars on Library Thing), and three more that I enjoyed but were a
bit too predictable to give the highest marks to (4 stars).
At the top of the list, for me, is The Quiet Flame, Philip Kerr's latest Bernie
Gunther novel, set in 1930s Berlin and 1950s Argentina, with his customary blend of good
and historical interest. Just as good is Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's The Girl
Dragon Tattoo, the first of his Millennium trilogy to make its way across the
was tempted to buy the other two while in Europe, but their weight and price dissuaded
me, in favor of waiting until they show up at my local library or at a cheaper price.
I also read two excellent books by Michael Robotham, an Australian writer, new to me,
sets his psychological thrillers in England and environs. Shatter and
(England and the Netherlands) are the ones I began with, and I'm looking forward to
finding his others. Finally, three by familiar authors who are consistently good:
City of Fire, by Robert Ellis, set in Los Angeles and featuring LAPD cop Lena
Gamble; Thin Walls,
by Kris Nelscott, set in Chicago and featuring black private inestigator Smokey Dalton;
and Spade & Archer, by Joe Gores, his prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The
set in San Francisco.
Paul Eddy's Flint's Law (a thriller set in multiple places), Robert Ellis's
Access to Power (set in Washington, DC), and Norman Green's
The Last Gig
(set in Brooklyn) were also good reads.
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Norman Green on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
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Stieg Larsson on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Kris Nelscott on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Michael Robotham on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia