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The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterward
The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterward
von Whit Stillman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen one can keep going back this nostlgic to this era, 19. September 2000
When everyone rejected adapting the popular film, "The Last Days of Disco into a novel, Castle Rock Entertainment reluctantly turned to "dancing adman" Jimmy Steinway. Being a closet novelist whose works have always ended in the round file, Jimmy hustles to agree before management changes it's mind.
Jimmy describes the real activities of the "circle" from the perspective of a younger Jimmy when an outsider tries to penetrate the group through romancing one of them. Readers visit THE discotheque through Jimmy's eyes as he introduces the regulars that seem to reside inside the strobe lights. The in-crowd contains regulars like in your face Charlotte Pingree, depressed and depressing assistant district attorney Josh Neff, "Don Quixote" Dan Powers, and romantic focus Alice Kinnon.
Narrated by a middle aged Jimmy Steinway looking back and laughing at a younger Jimmy, the novel uses irony to satirize the movie. As in the movie, sexual strain grips the in-crowd freezing their best moves on and off the dance floor. THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO WITH COCKTAILS AT PETROSSIAN AFTERWARDS is as much fun as its screen predecessor due to Mr. Steinway's ability to amusingly look back at his actions and that of the rest of the in-crowd that makes the players, in retrospect, seem like nons.

Harriet Klausner


Winner Take All
Winner Take All
von Jeff Pate
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very interesting seriak killer bool, 19. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Winner Take All (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In 1997 in Ashokie in Hertford County, North Carolina, Sheriff Jacob McAdoo realizes that the apparent strangulation murder is outside his area of expertise. In spite of eight years as sheriff and many other years in law enforcement, Jacob knows he has had no experiences like this one. He approves bringing in the State Bureau of Investigation when the female corpse was found. SBI sends Agents Clark Hager and Lloyd Sheridan to help with the investigation.
Clark and Lloyd quickly tie the murder in this rural county to a death last year in Wilmington. A third body surfaces about a week later in Greensboro. A former FBI profiler, Clark recognizes the hideous pattern of a serial killer, who subsequently acknowledges his law enforcement opponent in a game of life or death.
Readers of gleeful serial killer vs. embattled profiler tales will fully enjoy Jeff Pate's debut novel, WINNER TAKE ALL. The story line is filled with action and is fast-paced as the reader travels all over North Carolina. Clark is a complete character struggling with a difficult case while also dealing with momentous events in his personal life. Although the females (including Clark's girl friend and daughter) seem cardboard, fans who gain pleasure from a deadly cat and mouse game will believe they are the winners after reading this book.

Harriet Klausner


Killer Commute (Charlie Greene Mysteries)
Killer Commute (Charlie Greene Mysteries)
von Marlys Millhiser
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good installment in this series, 18. September 2000
Long Beach, California literary agent Charlie Greene looks forward to her week-long vacation away from an assortment of naughts and the KILLER COMMUTE to her Beverly Hills office. Last year's trip to Vegas tuned into a fiasco (see NOBODY DIES IN A CASINO). This time heeding the advice of her nosy elderly neighbor Mrs. Beesom, Charlie plans to stay home and chill.

However, on the eve of her vacation Charlie and Mrs. Beesom discover the murdered corpse of Jeremy Fielder. The lead detectives Amuller and Mason suspect Charlie, whose CA (criminal activity not commercial activities) includes involvement in several homicides in several different western states. Adding to the confusion is no paper trail seems to exist for Jeremy and his neighbors soon realize they no nothing about him except he always seemed to help them. Trying to salvage her vacation and remove the cops from her life, Charlie begins her own brand of inquiries not cognizant that a killer will murder again if necessary.

KILLER COMMUTE is the usual Charlie Greene amateur sleuth tale filled with irony and amusing nonsense that feels real. This makes for a fun reading experience. Charlie, her neighbors, her daughter, and the cats make the "compound" seem genuine by adding to the fervor of a wild ride in suburbia. Marlys Millhiser imbues her prime player with a sarcastic (at least with her internal witty asides) satirical look at life that makes Charlie seem more like her audience than most protagonists do. With outrageous humor and a penchant for deadly vacations, this Greene entry is one of the better novels in an entertaining on-going series.

Harriet Klausner


To Wear the White Cloak: A Catherine Levendeur Mystery
To Wear the White Cloak: A Catherine Levendeur Mystery
von Sharan Newman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great historical mystery, 18. September 2000
He was the youngest son of a Scottish lord, which meant he was destined for priesthood. She was the daughter of a French merchant. When Edgar met Catherine de Vendeur, love blossomed. Both were willing to risk everything and they married. They shared many adventures together. They were returning home from helping Catherine's sister escape a murder charge when they noticed someone trying to break into their Paris home. When the couple enters, they find a corpse garbed in the fashion of a Knights Templar.

They have no idea who the victim is or how he gained entrance to their locked tight home. When the authorities remove the body, they suspect Edgar and Catherine killed the man. Other strangers break into their home. Meanwhile Catherine's insane cousin tries to attain proof to expose a family skeleton that would destroy Catherine and her relatives. Only their love for one another keeps the duo from total collapse under the weight of their problems.

No one describes medieval Europe quite as well as Sharon Newman. Her works entertain and educate her audience. Followers of this long running series will enjoy seeing the reappearance of old friends, who retain their freshness after a too long absence. TO WEAR THE WHITE CLOAK occurs in the twelfth century, but has the depth to make readers feel they are there. The intriguing and often bewildering mystery augments the overall greatness of this wonderful historical mystery.

Harriet Klausner


Raptor
Raptor
von Dorsey Fiske
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent work, 18. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Raptor (Gebundene Ausgabe)
His life turned ugly the day his mother walked out on him and his father. His efforts to stop her failed as she viciously threw him to the ground. Years later his grudge has generalized into an obsession that has The Watcher, as he affectionately calls himself, stalking young and elderly women. He waits for the right moment to break into their homes. He rapes them even as he brutally beats them. His latest pigeon, Janet Davis, is in more danger than his usual victim is, as The Watcher has found a knife that he intends to use on her. However, Janet's boyfriend interrupts the proceedings before The Watcher completes his dastardly deed.

Janet is a strong woman who refuses to allow The Watcher to turn her into a victim. She reports the incident to the police, who assign Detective Kate Marbury, a sketch artist to the case. Kate works for the task force trying to apprehend the serial rapist. However, The Watcher raises the ante when he kills for the first time. Kate becomes one of The Watcher's victims. After healing, Kate goes on the hunt as the prey becomes the predator.

RAPTOR is a fascinating work because it is told from multiple perspectives to include The Watcher and the detective. This enables the audience to understand the point and counterpoint between the protagonist and antagonist. Dorsey Fiske has structured the story line in such a fine way that the audience is haunted by the stark story. This exciting novel could clearly serve as the springboard for a very good series.

Harriet Klausner


End Run (Drew Gavin Mysteries)
End Run (Drew Gavin Mysteries)
von Steve Brewer
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing mystery, 18. September 2000
Albuquerque Gazette sports columnist Drew Gavin hates watching his alma mater University of New Mexico Lobos playing football as they almost always lose even at home. This year's homecoming game, a sure defeat at the hands of nationally ranked BYU, includes a ten-year reunion that is his graduating class. Though not intending to go because he feels like a failure next to his alumni peers, Drew cannot stop himself from entering the class tent where he sees his college girlfriend Helen.

Bookie Three-Eyes plans to make an example of Helen's spouse, Freddie Graham, who owes the bet taker a fortune. Knowing his sports connections, Helen wants Drew to ask Three-Eye for an extension. Drew tries, but Three-Eye refuses to budge. Drew heads to the nearby mountains to talk with Freddie, only to find Freddie's dead. The police suspect the murder, done with a fire poker, is a crime of passion, which leaves Drew as the prime suspect. Rather than wait for further damaging evidence to surface, Drew begins his own inquiries starting with an END RUN with no blockers in front of him and plenty of defenders waiting to tackle him.

The first Gavin amateur sleuth mystery is a powerful modern sports noir that provides a glimpse into the deadly political side of major college sports. The story line is crisp, often outrageous, but always fun. However, the plot belongs to its faded star, a has been jock found seeking to connect his short glory days with his failed present by using self deprecation and interesting "soliloquies." Steve Brewer provides a tale that will send readers seeking his other series (Bubba Mabry) while wanting Gavin sequels.

Harriet Klausner


Deadly Embrace (Zoe Kergulin Mysteries)
Deadly Embrace (Zoe Kergulin Mysteries)
von Trudy Labovitz
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great female protagonist in this feminist mystery, 18. September 2000
The shooting that killed Deputy Sheriff Rosalyn Fitzgerald and left Sheriff Ethan McKenna fighting for his life stunned the residents of Bickle County, West Virginia. Rumors spread by the outside media covering the case claim that the two law enforcement officials were having an affair under the nose of her spouse Kirk. Ethan's cousin private investigator Zoe Kergulin would have had a good laugh over the affair angle if the crimes were not so serious because Zoe knows her cousin is gay.

Zoe begins her own investigation to not only save Ethan's reputation for clean living and running a clean department, but to also bring a cold blooded killer to justice. The state police believe Kirk committed the shooting in a rage of passion for his wife cuckolding him with the sheriff. As she digs deeper, Zoe soon realizes that a very disturbed teenage girl has many of the answers to the tragedy. All Zoe needs to do is to persuade Ren to tell what she saw, but the girl is afraid that no one will believe her and the culprit will come after her next.

The second Kergulin West Virginia mystery is an exciting who-done-it that brings the Mountaineer State alive. The mystery is intriguing and as in her first appearance (see ORDINARY JUSTICE), Zoe remains a fresh character. The support cast, especially the interaction between the outsiders and the locals, augments the mistrust and innuendoes that grow on each page. Although more information on the victims' would have added an empathic element that the plot lacks, Trudy Labovitz writes an engaging tale.

Harriet Klausner


The Third Messiah
The Third Messiah
von Christopher West
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eastern mystery that give insight into culture of country, 18. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Third Messiah (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Since the western invasion led by Colonel Sanders and his frying KFCs, the natural order of things in Beijing seems off kilter. To police detective Anzhuang Wang, the change in morals, not always good, turns personal when his sister-in-law Xianhua goes American, even adopting the name of Julie. However, to make matters worse for Wang, Julie vanishes after a shameless public brawl with some man just outside the western style bars.

Knowing his career as a cop may be in jeopardy due to his being related to Julie, plus his wife worrying about her, Wang begins searching for his missing relative. He soon connects her disappearance to the dangerous Church of the Heavenly Kingdom, but to Wang and her family's chagrin Julie seems to have voluntarily join the sect. A desperate Wang penetrates the deadly Christian cult in order to try to rescue Julie even though his life could be forfeited by doing this.

THE THIRD MESSIAH is an exciting modern day China police procedural that will excite sub-genre fans because Christopher West, ignoring his name, provides a deep look inside the country. The story line is fast-paced, Wang is a great character, and the support cast adds depth to the plot. Still this novel fully belongs to the Chinese people, customs, bureaucracy, and the western influence on tradition.

Harriet Klausner


Last Seen in Massilia
Last Seen in Massilia
von Steven Saylor
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent as usual, 18. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Last Seen in Massilia (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The last place any Julius Caesar supporter would want to visit in 49 BC is Massillia in Gaul. The residents seemingly support General Pompey in the civil war against Caesar. However, that is exactly the place Gordianus the Finder, accompanied by his son-in-law, needs to enter. Just because Caesar's troops led by Trebonius have placed an airtight siege on the city for several months fails to deter Gordianus on his quest. He needs to learn what happened to his son Meto, a former lieutenant of Caesar, now condemned as a traitor and rumored dead.

After working his way into the city, Gordianus becomes embroiled in an investigation. A woman was either murdered or committed suicide. Was she pushed or did she jump from Sacrifice Rock. His son-in-law believes a soldier shoved the woman off the rock. His "host" Hieronymus disagrees saying the man tried to stop the woman from leaping from "Suicide" Rock. In any case, Gordianus begins seeking the truth if he is to stay alive in a dangerous city with much intrigue and backstabbing.

LAST SEEN IN MASSILLIA, the eighth novel in the Sub Rosa Ancient Rome mysteries, is a great entry in a great series. The story line is loaded with twists and turns as everyone knows neutrality is deadly but the wrong side at the wrong time is just as perilous. Gordianus remains a strong, thoughtful character and the support cast provides profundity and an insightful feel to the period. However, Steven Saylor's tale belongs to Massillia (ancient Marseilles) as readers obtain an incredible perusal of the city at a critical moment in history.

Harriet Klausner


Dead Weight (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mysteries)
Dead Weight (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mysteries)
von Steven F. Havill
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good read, 18. September 2000
Sheriff Bill Gastner has been part of Posedas County, New Mexico for his entire life and part of the sheriff's department since 1966. Now a septuagenarian, Bill nears retirement waiting for the upcoming election to select his replacement.

However, instead of gracefully fading into the background, Bill finds one of the most difficult cases of his illustrious career dumped on his lap. An internal investigation of a member of his staff, Deputy Tom Pasquale is accused of more than just destroying the rental property he leases. Apparently, the county commissioners have received a note from a concerned citizen claiming that Pasquale has hit on Mexican nationals for $100 every time he stops them.

Bill also has a potential homicide to deal to investigate. One of the battling Sissons, stars of the local family fight scene dubbed the "Jim and Grace" show, died in an apparent misfortune. Did Grace finally kill Jim or did a grotesque accident really occur?

The latest release in Steven F. Havill's great police procedural, DEAD WEIGHT, is another superb entry in the Sheriff Gastner collection. The two prime inquiries are fully developed because the charcaters seem more like flesh and blood than part of a novel, even for someone reading their first book in the series. The story line centers on the residents of the county and the surrounding landscape, although the police investigations are in full bloom. Anyone who wants a cerebral character-based plot, the Gastner novels, in which the first few are being reprinted, is must reading.

Harriet Klausner


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