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Best books of 2012

  • Jun 9, 2012
These are the books that most impressed me and were published in 2012.
Midwinter Blood
This novel had a setting in Sweden during one of the coldest times in people's recollections and told of a crime that could have been a ritual killing. Good characterization and an absorbing story.
See the full review, ""In the bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan. Earth stood hard as iron...long ago." Poem".
a land more kind than home
This was a novel that told a story that would remain in the mind of the reader for it's power and the religious issue that it dealt with. It also described a part of the country and way of life that bears reading and remembering.
See the full review, ""Hush little baby now don't you cry." Song lyrics".
Live by Night
Joe Coughlin is another one of Dennis Lehane's characters who will linger in the reader's mind, such as the grieving father, Jimmy Markum and his nervous childhood friend, Dave Boyle, of "Mystic River." The setting, once more, is in Boston amidst prohibition and the glamour of speakeasy's and the excitement of rumrunning. An excellent story and fine portrayal of a man's life.
A well written story of an investigative crime reporter still anguished over the death of his six-year-old son when someone set a fire to his apartment. In this case, he tries to find out why a man in jail for murder, was framed.
The Last Refuge
Ben Coes protagonist, Dewey Andreas, is such a well developed character who uses his intelligence and bravery to save a friend and a possible nuclear disaster. The idea of a man doing something extraordinary for a friend and the friend's country was special to me. In addition, the story has amazing action and a hero who overcomes tremendous odds.
See the full review, ""Music was my last refuge. I could crawl ... between the notes and curl my back to lonliness."".
Stolen Prey
For one thing, John Sandford has been able to sustain his character, Lucas Davenport, for a long time. In this novel, it is a different plot and well told story. Someone kills an entire family and it is obvious that they were trying to find information that someone in the family knew because of the torture. This story tells of the crime that was committed, the mistake that bank robbers committed and the excllent police procedural led by Davenport.
See the full review, ""Idleness like kisses, to be sweet, must be stolen."".
Gone Girl: A Novel
Well written, psychological novel that the reader had to take their time to get the most from the characters and the story, the result was a fine story.
See the full review, ""Where have all the flowers gone." Song lyrics".
The story is well written and covers a number of areas that aren't usually covered in mysteries. I thought the author's discussion of political power in Washington, D.C. and how it might be abused was important as was the idea of the escort business and how it can ruin a person's life.
See the full review, ""Discretion is the better part of valor."".
The Conviction
I thought this was a cleverly written plot that also spoke of two important issues: parental relationships with their children, abuse in juvenile schools. In addition, the story was well written.
See the full review, ""The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously."".
Redemption Day by Steve O'Brien
Not only a good political thriller but written in a manner that kept the reader guessing about what was going to happen.
See the full review, ""That'll be the day." song lyrics".
The Viper
This story was well written and spoke about the closeness of a police force on a small island off the coast of Denmark. In addition, it spoke of the close-knit village and how they didn't like to ask from help from outsiders so didn't help the police in solving the crime.
See the full review, ""How deadly the viper that lives in the heart of man." Variation of quote by Martin Delany.".

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June 11, 2012
I just finished The Last Refuge and posted my review. Will try to find the other books. Nice list.
June 16, 2012
Thanks, Michael. It does seem that our taste in mysteries is similar.
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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