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A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell Novels)
A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell Novels)
von Alex Kava
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A PAGE-TURNING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER, 1. August 2000
Ronald Jeffreys is about to be executed for the murder of three young boys, before he dies he will confess to killing only "one" boy, this shocking admission is told to Father Stephen Francis, the priest who will perform last rites after the execution.
Three months later, another boy is found, sending a shocking message...the killing has only just begun.
Sheriff Nick Morelli thought the evil of Jeffreys went to the grave, but as more bodies turn up dead, he knows the killer is still out there perfecting his crimes.
"A Perfect Evil" is fast-paced, well written, and as exciting as a thriller should be. Thriller fans will be up all night, to discover the identity of the killer, and reason for the crimes.
This is Alex Kava's first novel, and she shows great promise to joining the rank's of Tami Hoag, Patricia Cornwell, etc. She is currently working on a sequel to this novel, and readers will welcome the opportunity to have an entire series featuring Nick Morelli.
Nick Gonnella


True Justice
True Justice
von Robert K. Tanenbaum
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2.0 von 5 Sternen SLOW PACED, AND DRAWN OUT, 30. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: True Justice (Gebundene Ausgabe)
District attorney, Butch Karp, is faced with a nightmare of a case...3 seperate teenage girls, all of different ethnic backrounds, have killed their infants, and Karp's boss, Jack Keegan, has ordered Karp to set an example and prosecute one of the girls, the 15 year-old Hispanic who seemed to know what she was "doing", rather than the other 2 girls (one girl thought she was having a stomach ache, and the other girl is not "all there" mentally).
Marlene Ciampi, Karp's wife, has decided to return to practicing law, and takes on a case in Delaware, a case that has a teenager being prosecuted for a capital crime.
"True Justice" drags on far too long, with not enough action for a legal thriller. The story line of teenagers killing their infants is a timely subject and interesting enough, but things get out of hand with a sub-plot involving Karp's daughter Lucy, as well as the detailing of the Karp's family life being affected by the cases. The novel opens up as a good episode of "Law And Order", and then goes down hill, too much time is spent detailing the backround of prosecuting the cases, and it's affects on Butch and Marlene.
Robert Tanenbaum is a good writer, but his novels are hit or miss. Readers of fiction involving lawyers will like his novels, but readers of legal thrillers will find his books too slowly paced.
Nick Gonnella


Deadly Decisions
Deadly Decisions
von Kathy Reichs
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen FORENSIC THRILLS OF THE FIRST ORDER, 27. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Deadly Decisions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan, has always taken her feelings out of her work, this case is different. The death of a nine year-old girl, caught in the crossfire of rival biker gangs, sends Tempe on a mission...bring the killers to justice.
As Tempe begins her case she will be thrust into a dark world, where every truth in masked in a lie. As her case takes shape, she will find the skeleton of a missing teenager, a young girl who was running with the bike gangs. She will also confront awful truths about her friend Andrew, who has disappeared after being wanted by the police. Using her forensic skills, and some of the latest technology, Tempe, must solve this puzzle, and catch the killers, before the next death is her own.
"Deadly Decisions" is a first rate forensic's thriller. The pace is fast, the plot is complex, and the writing, top-notch.
Kathy Reichs has created a character who stomps on "Scarpetta" territory, and more than gets a way with it. Fans of well-written, suspense novels should dive into this one.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella


Under Cover of Darkness
Under Cover of Darkness
von James Grippando
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen A COMPLEX,NAIL-BITER, 27. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Under Cover of Darkness (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Gus Wheatley has success, money, power, a loving wife, and a beautiful daughter, until one day his world shatters.
Gus's wife, Beth, disappears.
FBI profiler, Andie Henning, is investigating a series of killings, the strange beginning of a serial killer. As Andie investigates the murders, she believes Beth may be a victim of the vicious killer.
Gus begins his own investigation, and as he uncovers certain "truth's" about his wife, he realizes he did not know her at all.
"Under Cover Of Darkness" will keep you turning the pages and guessing all the way to the end. The twists and turns come fast and furious, pulling the novel to it's shocking climax.
James Grippando has consistently written great book after great book. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With his new book he keeps the pace fast while juggling various characters, and shifting the plot twists into high gear. This is great entertainment.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella


Riptide (Fbi Thriller)
Riptide (Fbi Thriller)
von Catherine Coulter
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen AN ENJOYABLE THRILLER, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Riptide (Fbi Thriller) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Becca Matlock is the senior speechwriter for New York's governor, she is also the victim of a stalker. Becca pleads with the police department to believe her, and even after the murder of a homeless woman, and an attack on the governor himself, the police still don't believe her claims.
Becca moves back to her hometown of Riptide, to try and make peace with her mother's death, and the threating letters and phonecalls from the stalker. After settling in her new home, she runs into an old friend from college, whose wife has left him to raise his son.
During a rough storm, Becca's basement wall cracks, revealing the skeleton of a young woman. As her life begins spinning out of control, Becca, becomes faced with the stalker (who has found her in her new home), and the fact there are lies in her family history...lies that are resurfacing present day, and may cost Becca her life. Becca finds safety in the arms of Adam, the man protecting her. Adam will work with Sherlock and Savitch (characters from previous books) to solve the mystery involving her family's past.
"Riptide" is fast-paced, and enjoyable, the only flaw is in the juggling of the two plots (The family history, and the stalker). The plot featuring the stalker is the most interesting and an important part to the shocking climax.
Catherine Coulter keeps the reader in suspense by switching the plot themes, and by revealing many secrets along the way. If the entire book was focused on the stalker it would have earned 5 stars.
A good read for fans of fast-paced entertainment.
Nick Gonnella


Ashes to Ashes: A Novel (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, Band 1)
Ashes to Ashes: A Novel (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, Band 1)
von Tami Hoag
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen AN EXCELLENT SUSPENSER, 22. Juli 2000
He lurks in the dark, he selects his victims, and after killing them he sets them on fire, he is the "cremator", and he has an unquenchable thirst for murder. The killer has already killed three people, but to his surprise there is a witness.
When a rich man's daughter is missing, and may be the latest victim of the "cremator", special agent John Quinn is assigned to the case. Also on the case is Kate Conlan, a former FBI agent, assigned to protect the witness, a difficult, street girl, who is not willing to cooperate with Kate. To make matters worse, Kate has a history with Quinn, and does not want to work with him.
Putting their differences aside, Kate and John must work quickly to put an end to anymore killings, and to save the witness and Kate's lives, for they have become next on the killer's list.
"Ashes To Ashes" is fast paced, suspensful, gruesome, and as always, contains a shocking ending.
Tami Hoag has VERY successfully crossed over into the suspense genre, becoming one of the best at creating UP ALL NIGHT reads.
A MUST read.
Nick Gonnella


Jupiter's Bones: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels)
Jupiter's Bones: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels)
von Faye Kellerman
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen MORE THRILLS IN THE DECKER SERIES, 22. Juli 2000
Dr. Emil Ganz was a highly regarded astrophysicist. One day he disappears, and emerges fifteen years later as "Father Jupiter", the founder and leader of the cult, The Order Of The Rings. Jupiter is found dead, and Peter Decker is called to investigate. From first viewing the body, it seems to be a clear cut case of suicide, but when a second body is found beheaded, Decker realizes someone in the order is murdering the members. Decker must solve the crime and deal with problems that are erupting in his own family.
Faye Kellerman has a great series in the Decker and Lazarus novels, readers are treated to great plots, page turning action, and characters dealing with everyday problems.
"Jupiter's Bones" does not disappoint, it is a very enjoyable mystery. A great beach read.
Nick Gonnella


The Ice Limit
The Ice Limit
von Douglas Preston
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A DISAPPOINTMENT, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Ice Limit (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Off the coast of Chile a gigantic meteorite is found. In New York, billionaire, museum owner, Palmer Lloyd, plans to put together a team to secretly retrieve the meteorite, and return it to the museum. The mission will be a difficult one, as the object will be the largest ever returned to the states. Once begun, the adventurers must battle various obstacles, as well as defend their lives.
Preston and Child write great adventure fiction, this novel not being on the same level as their previous novels. It takes a while to get started, and when it finally gets steam it does not seem to go anywhere.
"The Ice Limit" is readable, but for great escapist reading pick up the previous novel "Thunderhead".
Nick Gonnella


Lethal Seduction
Lethal Seduction
von Jackie Collins
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen ENTERTAINING AND FAST-PACED, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lethal Seduction (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Madison Castelli, the star of Jackie Collin's L.A. Connections series, returns. Along with relationship problems, Madison must deal with the truth about her father, and his dark past. While finding the truth about her family, she has to help her best friend, interior designer Jamie Nova. Jamie believes her husband to be cheating, and if there is truth to her suspicion, she will enact her revenge. Along for the ride are:
Rosarita Falcon, a woman out to murder her husband.
Dexter Falcon, the soap actor, trying to keep his marriage together.
Joel Blaine, the sex addict son of a billionaire.
Jake Sica, the photographer looking for a good time.
Kimm Florian, the gay detective, hired to find out if Jamie's husband is cheating.
Jackie Collins has assembled a large cast of characters, some from previous novels, handling the various plots carefully, while throwing in her usual mix of sex, murder and the mob. Collins keeps the pace fast, having the novel climax in Las Vegas.
"Lethal Seduction" is another entertaining blockbuster from Jackie Collins. She is one of the few authors to juggle a wide range of characters and have the reader interested in every one of them. As always she ties all the plots together, leaving the reader very satisfied. Anyone looking for a book to sink into for a few hours should pick up "Lethal Seduction".
A great read.
Nick Gonnella


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

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A DISAPPOINTING THRILLER, 15. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tripwire (Jack Reacher) (Taschenbuch)
Jack Reacher has settled in Key West, digging pools. One day Reacher is approached by a Private Investigator with alot of questions...within hours the Investigator is killed. Reacher wants to know who sent him and why, and who is behind his murder. The search for these answers will lead Reacher to New York, and there he will need the help of a woman from his past. As the two uncover the pieces of the puzzle they will come face to face with Hook Hobie, a disfigured, madman, who will stop at nothing to get rid of Reacher.
Lee Child is an expert at fast pacing and keeping the reader in suspense. "Tripwire" is a fast read, but a confusing read at the same time. I was a disappointed with this novel, the plot did not hold my interest, and the theme of Vietnam thrown into the mix was distracting. For a great read by Child, check out "The Killing Floor".
Nick Gonnella


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