Darkness Under The Sun (Novella) by Dean Koontz

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There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt.
He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence. His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit. But still . . . he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death.
This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us.

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I had this story read in a blink of an eye and I wanted more and I think that’s what Mr. Koontz wanted to happen.  This story is just a “teaser”  to get us to buy What The Night Knows , his next book, whick comes out in December.  This new book will also include the diabolical Alton Turner Blackwood so Mr.Koontz has me right where he wants me-hooked.  Yes, I will buy the book and yes, I will love it(as I do most of his works).  Now I just have to wait until December 28 to roll around and it won’t be easy.

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Testimony by Anita Shreve

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Publisher’s Weekly

The first paragraph foreshadows a tragedy in which three marriages are destroyed, the lives of three students at a private school in Vermont are ruined, and death claims an innocent victim. The precipitating event is a sex tape involving three members of the boys’ basketball team and a freshman girl. Beginning with an account of the debacle by the Avery School’s then headmaster, and segueing to the voices of the participants in the orgy, plus their parents and others touched by the scandal, the narrative explores the widening consequences of a single event. Shreve’s character delineation is astute, and the novel’s moral questions—ranging from the boys’ behavior to the headmaster’s breach of legal ethics to the guilt of those involved in the death—are salient if heavy-handed, while the female characters are wicked in the way women have always been stereotypically portrayed. The novel is clever, but the revolving cast of narrators often feels predictable and forced, keeping the novel on the near side of credible. (Oct.)
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This book dealt with a difficult subject and at times I found it very despressing but on the whole it was done well.  The narration was  performed by a cast of readers and that made it like an old time radio show or a televison show without pictures.  I really enjoyed  that  but I don’t know if I would listen to it a second time but time will tell.

The Man Who Never Returned by Peter Quinn

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From Booklist

In August 1930, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater left a Manhattan restaurant and was never seen again. Less than a year after the crash of the stock market, Crater became the embodiment of the fears, and perhaps the frail hopes, of Americans facing the Great Depression and soon to face WWII and the cold war. Was Crater rubbed out by the Mob, or did he simply disappear to find happiness as an ordinary Joe? Twenty-five years later, a Rupert Murdoch–like newspaper publisher hires private investigator Fintan Dunne to do what the NYPD couldn’t do: solve the mystery of Crater’s disappearance. Freely mixing history, mystery, and novelistic license, Quinn offers a noirish tale of Tammany Hall politics, sex, crime, Broadway moguls, and cops, populated by more than a dozen interesting characters. Dunne’s detection seems to come a bit too easily, but Quinn’s rich, insightful, evocative descriptions of New York, both in Crater’s time and in 1955, will certainly please fans of historical crime novels. –Thomas Gaughan
 
 
 
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My husband loves historical fiction and ordered this book for himself but was reading another book when it arrived so he offered it to me.  Normally this wouldn’t have been a  book I would have chosen but told him I’d read it and I found the first two-thirds a bit slow  and wordy but the last third was great. It is an amazing story of the disappearance of a Judge in New York in 1930 and  not even a trace has ever been found.  If you like mysteries and/or historical fiction, give this one a try.
 

13 1/2 by Nevada Barr

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At 15, Polly Farmer escapes an alcoholic mother and a trailer-park no-future, hitchhikes to New Orleans and makes a life for herself as an English professor. Polly, divorced with two daughters, romantically intersects with handsome restoration architect Marshall Marchand—who’s really Dylan Raines, who was incarcerated as the 11-year-old Butcher Boy who axe-murdered his parents 25 years earlier in Minnesota. As Barr artfully unfolds this mystery of wickedness and pain in eerie post-Katrina New Orleans, she tackles a multitude of societal evils, from psychiatric drug abuse to the juvenile justice system, but her central conflict, Polly’s fierce determination to keep her daughters safe while trying to believe in the man she loves, makes this a terrifying, utterly convincing glimpse into the abyss. (Oct.)
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I had never read a Nevada Barr book so when I ran around this one I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I was needing a new audio book anyway.

After the first few minutes, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold, but, by the beginning of the fourth CD I was beginning to think I’d need a notepad to keep track of all the characters.  People were speaking  that hadn’t been mentioned anywhere in the story before but I persevered and by the final disk it all fell into place.  The only real criticism I have is that the ending was just too abrupt and I wish  there could have been an epilogue portion to flesh out the characters who survived.

This is a great story and I highly recommend it.

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

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Fragile Eternity, Melissa Marr’s sequel to the New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, returns to Huntsdale, where faeries and mortals intermingle, wreaking continual havoc on each other’s lives. Aislinn, who became a faerie in the first book, now has to deal with the awkward–verging on impossible–position of still being in love with her mortal boyfriend Seth, whom she can’t even touch without burning. To complicate things further, as the new Summer Queen, Aislinn is eternally bonded to Keenan, the Summer King, and the attraction between them is palpable and constant. In the doomed loves that permeate these books, Marr deftly explores the essence of longing as she questions notions of fated love. Her characters are strong, with even the nastiest of the faerie troublemakers coming through as absolutely compelling and sympathetic. And their situations are rife with conflict, from the impossible mortal-faerie relationships to the ancient familial and courtly spats within the faerie realm.  Heidi Broadhead –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

 

 

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I think the moral of this installment of the Wicked Lovely series is “Be careful what you wish for-because you just might get it”.  That’s what Seth is finding out and I can’t wait to read the next book but it’s checked out at the library so I have to be patient until it’s back on the shelf.

 

 

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Bestseller Connelly’s dazzling 13th Harry Bosch novel (after 2006’s Echo Park) reunites Bosch with his former flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Bosch must break in a new partner, rookie Iggy Ferras, when they’re called to look into the execution of physicist Stanley Kent on a Mulholland Drive overlook. When a special FBI unit, headed by Walling, arrives and tries to usurp his case, claiming it’s a matter of national security, Bosch refuses to back down. Walling’s focus on the potential theft of radioactive material from the hospital where Kent was lending his expertise to cancer treatment and her unwillingness to share information only make Bosch more determined to solve the case. This is a quick read, almost half the length of Connelly’s previous novels, but he spares no punches when it comes to complexity and suspense. The scramble to investigate threats to national security, justified or otherwise, is a timely subject and one on which Connelly puts a brilliant new spin. (May 22)
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Harry Bosch is one of my favorite “crime fighters” and so I pulled this audiobook down from the shelf  for a second listening.
 
Harry is like a dog with a bone and won’t let go until the crime is solved and the bad guy put away.   It’s good to have him on your side.
 
I enjoyed the story even more the second time around because I had forgotten some key points and how much Echo Park   played a part in the story,
 
If you’re a fan of crime fiction-give this one a try.  You won’t be disappointed.