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reviewed the wolf. September 07
the wolf
The Wolf is a name that Mafia boss Vincent Morelli is known as. He oversees an enormous criminal world.   He's devastated when an attempted hijacking of an airline plane departing from LA …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... September 27, 2012
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The movie adaption of Berendt's "nonfiction novel", as one back-cover reviewer terms it, is much better known than the original book.  And while I've not yet seen the movie, I can …
reviewed The Lost Angel. October 25, 2011
The Lost Angel
Undercover American climatologist Martin Faber is kidnapped by a group calling itself Forces of Popular Defense. The price of his release is the immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces from within 150 …
reviewed "Nightwoods". October 05, 2011
In a well told tale about life in the Appalachian countryside in North Carolina in the mid 20Th century, the author paints a picture of the struggles of life.      Luce lives by herself …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... September 13, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
This is a story about the city of Savannah, its people and history.      "Esquire" writer John Berendt is in Savannah, Georgia, to write a story about the extravagant holiday …
reviewed The Green Pope. January 12, 2011
The Green Pope
If the author's goal was to tell a story to reveal a wrong, Miguel Angel Asturias has accomplished his goal.      This is the story of an ugly American, George Maker Thompson. …
posted a Quick Tip about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... January 02, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
While one might say that MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is in the same genre - novelized true crime - that's where the resemblance to the likes of IN COLD BLOOD stops. The New York Times Book …
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I'm having a difficult time deciding whether John Berendt set out to make mock of Savannah from the get-go or whether he was trying to write a sincere travelogue/murder story about a city that just happens …
reviewed "Blue River". December 08, 2010
This is the story about the relationship between two brothers.      In his younger days, Edward admired his adventurous older brother Lawrence, who was six years older than Edward.   …
reviewed Presumed Innocent. October 22, 2010
Presumed Innocent
4 1/2 stars.      Raymond Horton is running for re-election  for the Kindle County Prosecutor's office. He's being challenged by Nico Della Guardia, who is winning the …
reviewed The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux .... October 12, 2010
The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
4 1/2 stars      What could possibly draw the attention of Dave Robicheaux and the New Iberia police department more than the brutal death of seven young women?      …
reviewed Innocent. September 04, 2010
Innocent
3 1/2 Stars   I rate this enjoyable book between 3 and 4 stars.      Twenty years after "Presumed Innocent," Rusty Sabich is now a chief judge of an appellate …
reviewed The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux .... September 01, 2010
The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Burke has an uncanny ability to expose the failures of society, his Detective Dave Robicheaux novels set in Iberia Parish,, Louisiana, and neighboring places, where the old world still battles with the …
reviewed Innocent. August 10, 2010
Innocent
Rusty Sabich, hero of 1987 bestseller Presumed Innocent, now reveals his true colors in Innocent. Two decades ago, Sabich stood trial for the murder of his mistress; he was acquitted, resumed both his …
reviewed "The Bottoms" Joe Lansdale. July 25, 2010
The story is told as a man is nearing the end of his life and is reminiscing about the most momentous event of his childhood.      In East Texas, during the depression, twelve-year-old …
reviewed Doctor Frigo. July 18, 2010
Dr. Frigo is the nickname of Dr. Ernesto Castillo. His father either died or was assassinated and was a leading figure in the Democratic Socialist Party in St. Paul-les Alzes. With his death, leadership …
reviewed Blue-Eyed Devil. July 06, 2010
Blue-Eyed Devil [Hardcover]
4 1/2 stars.      Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch return to Appaloosa where they had enforced the law in the past.      Things have changed and currently, the town …
reviewed Presumed Innocent. July 04, 2010
Presumed Innocent
While PRESUMED INNOCENT might be most commonly categorized as a legal thriller, one could definitely make a case for calling it a psychological thriller. In much the same fashion as the appeal of Michael …
posted a Quick Tip about The Hundredth Man. July 03, 2010
Think of Charles Manson and his gang with their murders. This group's actions have influenced the author.
reviewed The Hundredth Man. July 03, 2010
Young, Mobile Alabama Police Detective Carson Ryder is that rare man who searches in the dark places to find the answers he needs.       Ryder and his partner, Harry Nautilus …
reviewed "The Long Firm" By Jake Arnott. June 27, 2010
Things were swinging in London in the '60s. This is the story of Harry Starks, a gangster, nightclub owner and a Jewish man who is gay.      As the story unfolds, he meets a young …
reviewed Blue-Eyed Devil. June 13, 2010
Blue-Eyed Devil [Hardcover]
I was devastated  when Robert B. Parker passed on early in 2010.  I have enjoyed his novels and characters immensely over the years and it’s sad to know that very few are left in the queue …
reviewed Innocent. June 03, 2010
Innocent
This 20-years-on sequel to Turow's blockbuster, "Presumed Innocent" (recently re-released), finds Rusty Sabich chief justice of the appellate court and up for election to the state supreme court. His …
reviewed Innocent. May 19, 2010
Innocent
Presumed Innocent was THE book back in the early 90's -- THE book that everyone read and that everyone was talking about. The movie just fueled it. It isn't often that a book's ending totally catches …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... May 14, 2005
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
As explained by the voodoo priestess Minerva, the magic of her craft is best practiced in a one-hour period between 11:30 PM and 12:30 PM called "dead time."    "The half hour before …
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