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Tripwire (Jack Reacher)
Tripwire (Jack Reacher)
von Lee Child
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Former MP Reacher Searches for Truth About MIA Vietnam Vet, 27. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tripwire (Jack Reacher) (Taschenbuch)
After loving Lee Child's first two novels, I am very sorry to report my disappointment with this his third effort, "Tripwire." He took approximately 100 pages to set the scene, which I would forgive but once that was done I still was easily able to put down this book - quite a departure from his previous works. The hero, Reacher, seemed somehow more seedy and more of a loser than we want him to be. He lacked direction or dedication or something, which he previously had displayed with great enthusiasm. Jack Reacher just wandered through this 'mystery' and was more interested in realizing the love he had only dreamt about in his earlier years. That was a very nice aside, but I felt no sense of action or terror in the journey to complete the mission and find the murderer. The villian was evil enough, but more disgusting than frightening. Also, in a well written mystery I am seldom able to determine the 'answer' prior to the final accounting. I was ahead of the author this time, and just waited for Reacher to figure it out. Please, Lee Child, I know from your first two books you do have a gift for writing; do not rush to print to satisfy your publisher, agent or whoever dictates when your novel is ready. You can and have done much better.


At All Costs
At All Costs
von John Gilstrap
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Thriller involving FBI and their most wanted criminals, 7. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: At All Costs (Taschenbuch)
At All Costs was a gripping book. It was well written and had enough reality in it to make you accept some implausible happenings. The reader is swept along at such a pace there is no time to question and why should you. Reading if for enjoyment! Other reviewers have given the basic plot so it doesn't bear repeating. I was amazed at how much punishment the human bodies in this work of fiction were able to take, including inhalation of toxic fumes, bullet wounds, beatings, major blood loss, hanging by the neck leaving only a range of motion defect! etc. and keep on ticking. One jarring note threw me off stride for quite a while. The equating by the author of homosexual behavior and a pediophilic activities was inexcusable. We do not need more mis -information tossed idly about as fact on so serious a matter. Pediophiles are actually heterosexual. With that adjustment, I was able to get back to the plot. I am also surprised it is a book recommended for teens as it is very violent and the language is as well.


Nowhere to Hide
Nowhere to Hide
von James Elliot
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,71

3.0 von 5 Sternen High Priced Call Girl Witnesses Mafia Hit, 31. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Nowhere to Hide (Taschenbuch)
I read "Cold, Cold Heart" by this author because he is using a pen name and I figured, correctly, it would be well written. I found the same to be true in "Nowhere to Hide" which was just fun and fast paced to read, without wearing you out. I found it cliched about the Mafia, but then what else can you say? Nevertheless, it fulfills if you are looking for realistic dialogue and nothing that strains the brain. I do wish, like many others, proof reading would come back in vogue. The typos take their toll. Still, I hope "James Elliot" writes some more thrillers. He did have my heart pumping!


The Court
The Court
von William Jeremiah Coughlin
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen In Search of the Right Candidate for the Supreme Court, 30. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Court (Taschenbuch)
I have loved reading all William Coughlin books and was really only terribly disappointed with "The Heart of Justice" published posthumously. I felt he had not finished it prior to his death and it did not have the life and humor of his other works. I saw that The Court was a reprint of his earlier book and was happy to find it. I did enjoy it because I accepted that it might not show the skill displayed in his later novels. It was a simple book, really, but I found it a pleasure to read. I did find it a bit unusual that the President would place such faith in one man's opinion of his choice for the Supreme Court, but I enjoyed the ride. For those who are upset, I feel it is his widow, Ruth, who is probably publishing Bill's earlier works. Read her book "Grieving" and you will never doubt her love for him. I don't believe she would ever publish anything that would hurt him or diminish his reputation as a fine writer.


First Cut
First Cut
von Leah R. Robinson
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen Killer on Loose in NY Hospital, 27. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: First Cut (Taschenbuch)
I chose First Cut because it was a Literary Guild Selection. It turned out to be a disappointing choice for me. The author is obviously knowledgable about hospitals and medical terminology, but it was overdone and overwritten. The pace was frantic and I doubt any human could realistically continue to function as our protagonist, Ev, did in thise book. She is a resident who is a combination flawless physician, marvelous teacher, excellent detective, and sexually appealing to all men in this book. That is just too much woman for me. I began skimming about l/3 way through this tome and was relieved to finish. The lengthly explanation by our heroine of how, why and by whom the crimes were committed was just more (pun intended) overkill.


Guilt (Abe Glitsky)
Guilt (Abe Glitsky)
von John Lescroart
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,05

2.0 von 5 Sternen John Lescroart is GUILTY!, 24. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Guilt (Abe Glitsky) (Taschenbuch)
....of many faults in this book. I've read some of his priors without much enthusiasm, but due to his apparent popularity thought he might be worth another try. In GUILTY, Lescroart has a good plot with interesting characters, but somewhere around the middle you start to feel uneasy about how his supposedly intelligent cast speaks and acts. They are more like spoiled children, all lost in the miasma of their own self-image and their confusion about who they are, what they need to achieve, etc. It doesn't say if Mr. Lescroart is a lawyer, but in his courtroom his attorney acts like a Perry Mason at the same time he is proclaiming that in real life attorneys are not like Mason. He dissects and destroys his witnesses on cross, with alarming consistency. I do believe this book was written with the Simpson 'trial of the century' in mind, given the golf driving range and other similarities. Speaking of the driving range, one thing bugged me about the witness who did not see our hero there and who if believed would have brought doubt to the alibi. I kept expecting the witness to say he was a left-handed golfer which would have explained his clear view of the mat in question. It never was explained and so they might as well have edited that right out of the book; it was a non-issue. Regardless, by book's end I had the distinct impression Lescroart was more of a romance writer than straight fiction. All the pink moments were just too much for this reader. I don't think Lescroart is my kind of author.


Dark Lady
Dark Lady
von Richard North Patterson
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2.0 von 5 Sternen Murder and Corruption in a Tired Town, 29. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dark Lady (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Like other reviewers, I was also disappointed with Richard North Patterson's "Dark Lady." When you can't be truly interested in the characters it is difficult to become involved in their lives. It took about half of the book for it to really get moving and even then it was too late, because we already knew what was going to happen. I personally am getting very tired of authors deciding to 'kill the cat' or the dog for that matter. I don't enjoy predictable books and this one didn't even begin to stretch my mind. I surely hope RNP will take some more time, if that's what it takes, to get back to his former stature. I did enjoy "No Safe Place" unlike the critics, but this one should not have been published, at least under his real name.


The Betrayal: A Novel
The Betrayal: A Novel
von Sabin Willett
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 18,49

4.0 von 5 Sternen Politics as we fear it is or may become. Thrilling!, 10. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Betrayal: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I was impressed by Sabin Willett's first effort, The Deal, and awaited his next book very impatiently. The Betrayal more than satisfied. I love his plot, reality can be suspended when it can be believed possible. The way he fleshes out his characters makes them visible in your mind. You like the 'good guys' and you feel the evil of the bad ones. I loved the child, Isabel. It is so refreshing to read of a 12 year old who has good manners, grammar and a large vocabulary. The way she uses "like" keeps her within the limits of her age! Our Renoir lady, heroine, grows stronger, wiser and more confident as we read of her travails. I read The Betrayal as slowly and deliberately as possible, though the temptation to rush was compelling. It is a book to savor, which I did. Well done, Sabin. Hopefully, you have another book in progress.


Legal Tender
Legal Tender
von Lisa Scottoline
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,18

2.0 von 5 Sternen Attorney hides from law as she tries to prove her innocence., 20. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Legal Tender (Taschenbuch)
The main thing I want to post about this book, is the fact that the heroine is feeding a stray cat Snickers bars and Coke. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and to cats and authors should not print this type of potentially harmful information just to be 'cute.' I have written Lisa to get her comments, but she has yet to respond. Anyone else out there who loves animals and dislikes irresponsible authors?
Overall, my opinion of the book was fair. I found it silly and not really suspenseful.


Winter's Gold
Winter's Gold
von William Heffernan
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen This 'thriller' had a mushy plot and seemed contrived., 25. Februar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Winter's Gold (Taschenbuch)
WINTER"S GOLD is my first Heffernan effort, and I would like to read TARNISHED BLUE To see what he is capable of. This book didn't impress or hold my interest.
WINTER"S GOLD" started with the interesting premise of a handicapped, former Olympic female athlete being found in a bathtub as an apparent suicide. There was no suspense whatsoever before we were led into what quickly became a 'murder' scene. We were given too much information about the detecting Devlin wanted his people to do. Why so much f...ing language? The word can be effective when not overused. The police surely can't talk that way in every conversation, but if they do I don't want to read every bleeping word.
I managed to finish the book, but lost interest in who actually did the murder because the author didn't make me care that much about his characters nor his protagonist.
Lately many authors insert gay and/or lesbian characters which is certainly appropriate. The problem I find with that, as in WINTER'S GOLD, is that the character is not handled very well. Levy, the lesbian cop, was a good idea in this book due to the tastes of Winter himself, who used lesbians to arouse himself, but I didn't get a good feeling what Levy was about other than her snappy comebacks at Boom Boom, the stereotyped racist, ethic slurring and homophobic cop.
Enjoyed the tactics used in the morgue on the germophobic killer to force him to reveal information. However, I found it unbelievable that as busy as medical examiners and their staffs are, they would take the time to set up this charade for one cop.
The Agatha Christie twist at the end was a good idea, but...again, I was just glad to finish the book and even that finish was an anticlimax for me.


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