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Need a good hard-boiled book to warm my cockles during the coming cold months

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:59:14 GMT

*PLEASE*: No paranormal romance or romantic paranormal suggestions. No urban fantasies or robot investigators. No cutesy 'baking investigator' mysteries. PLEASE! Give me worn gumshoes and a world-weary attitude, and a man (or woman) who constantly needs a shave. I want noir attitude! Pulp novels are OK. First person narratives are, of course, mandatory. *NOTE*: I've already read almost all the classics. (Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald, Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Frederick Nebel, Gil Brewster, Jonathan Craig, Charles Willeford, Frank Kane, Orrie Hitt, Day Keene, Ross MacDonald, Brett Halliday, Stephen Marlowe, Dashiell Hammett, Otto Penzler collections [Ed.], Cornell Woolrich [William Irish], and et al.) Your suggestions will be 'investigated' and the winning ebook will be announced right here (along with a mandatory post on cooking, which seems to be the currently preferred method for engaging in OT subjects). :D *BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE*: Any noir or 50s pulp paperback or hard-boiled suggestion is 'A-OK', as you can infer from the list above. Epub or AZW3 is fine. No PDF - please! (I'm not a masochist.) :D :2thumbsup Your help is appreciated.

MobileRead August 2017 Book Club Nominations

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:48:00 GMT us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for August, 2017. The nominations will run through midnight EST July 26 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days. The book selection category for August is: *Thriller, Suspense, & Crime*. For a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third). How Does This Work? The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome. How Does a Book Get Selected? Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection. How Many Nominations Can I Make? Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person. How Do I Nominate a Book? Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest. How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated? Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP. When is the Poll? The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed. The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area. *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1) The Great Impersonation* by E. Phillips OppenheimGoodreads ( | Amazon US ( / Patricia Clark Memorial Library:ePub ( Print Length: 260 pages From Goodreads: The Great Impersonation is probably the most famous spy novel of all time. Allen Dulles put it at the top of all spy novels for its virtuosity. It is marvelous reading with its fast-moving plot, its descriptions of the rich life of English aristocrats before the Great War, and its bold characters. Besides the Kaiser and a whole host of Dukes, Duchesses, Ambassadors, German agents and silly young Englishmen, there's the Princess Eiderstrom, "one of the most passionate women in Europe," desperately in love with Leopold; Sir Everard's insane wife who has vowed to kill him if he should ever return home; and a rollicking finale. *(2) The Neon Rain* by James Lee BurkeGoodreads ( Print Length: 324 pages From Amazon: From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke comes his definitive, must-read first title in his famous Dectective [sic] David Robicheaux series. New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with police brass, with killers and hustlers, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux haunts the intense and heady French Quarter—the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he beomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the seedy world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down the criminal underworld and come to terms with his[...]

Kindle Unlimited Fiction Recommendations

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:24:25 GMT

Last week during Prime Day I succumbed to the temptation to get Kindle Unlimited at a discount for 2 years. Let's not debate if KU is worth it or not (or how much you need to read to make it worthwhile); at that price I could not resist. Finding novels to read seems like a real problem. I start searching and I can't tell the good from the bad. So I'm looking for recommendations in fiction, mystery, suspense, although I also read SF and fantasy stuff. I found one which I started: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I initially resisted this but it's good so far.

"Little Boy Lost" by JD Trafford

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:55:09 GMT

I read this through the Kindle First program The book seems to be marketed as a legal thriller, but in reality, is more of a fairly simple murder mystery that was pretty easy to solve, combined with a family drama. I have cross posted this review to its Amazon Book page. Where the book really shines, is in the complex characters and how they interact with each other. Justin Glass is a biracial oldest son of a prominent black Congressman and a white mother. His mother is part of the leading political family in St. Louis. His father wants to retire and promote him as his congressional replacement, but Justin's younger Brother is much more political than he, and unfortunately less capable. This causes problem between Justin and his younger brother, even though Justin doesn't really want a political life. His white grandfather, a retired federal judge, wants him to join a prestigious law firm and make money. He is convinced he can pull some strings and find Justin a pretty good position in the St Louis legal community. To complicate matters more, Justin's wife died before the story starts and Leaves him with an 11 year old daughter. This throws Justin into a deep depression that makes him unable to be very effective as an attorney, so money is scarce. As a result, Justin is forced to live with his daughter in the carriage house, on the family estate. Even though his family wants him to live in the 'big house', he is too stubborn and believes he should support him and his daughter by himself, even though he isn't doing a very good job. There are two important family relationships that I don't think worked very well. First, Justin's mother is pretty one dimensional, always cooking dinner and 'sitting' for her granddaughter. In a family this dynamic, she would have quite a story of her own, and we see nothing of that. Secondly, the 'strained' relationship between Justin and his white grandfather, doesn't seem very believable, They sort of refer to the strain, but their interactions in the book always seem respectful and loving. I wonder if this was something that was an idea in an early draft that didn't work out very well and it never got fully edited out. I know a bit about the real St Louis, and in a way St. Louis is a believable character in the book. It is down on it's luck, and less than a third of the size it used to be, and it seems no one is doing as well as they used to. The St Louis of the book 'feels' pretty real. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, even though I knew whodunit almost from the start. It functions well as a standalone novel but I think it could serve as the first in a series of books. If so, I hope Mr Trafford considers expanding the roles of the Mom, and his very interesting Bosnian legal assistant. It's worth a reader investing some time in it.