10 years ago

Joseph Finder disappoints with “Vanished”

Start with the author’s acknowledgments at the end of Vanished, and you’ll get a sense of the complexity of this story and the extent of the research he conducted. Like many of Joseph Finder‘s other novels, Vanished is an accomplished thriller — a proverbial page-turner that uses all the tricks of the writer’s craft to […]

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10 years ago

Lisbeth Salander stars again in an engrossing murder mystery

You have never met anyone like Lisbeth Salander, the “girl” in the title — guaranteed. Lisbeth is a tattooed, waif-like young woman with a brain of gargantuan proportions, an eidetic memory, an unsurpassed mastery of the Internet, and a mysterious past. In this unlikely but engrossing story of murder and corruption in the dark corners […]

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10 years ago

A murder mystery unfolds against the backdrop of the antiques trade

Detective Inspector Gemma James and her former partner and current lover, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, make the big move into a home together in the eighth book in Deborah Crombie’s excellent murder mystery series chronicling their rise through the ranks in the Metropolitan Police. And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James #8) by Deborah […]

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10 years ago

A right-wing Washington cabal seeks to destabilize China

“Professor Wang Kaixuan emerged from the waters of the South China Sea shortly before dawn,” and so begins this well-constructed tale of high-stakes espionage, betrayal, and unforeseen consequences set in modern-day China. The story revolves around an improbably capable young MI6 agent, his flamboyant CIA counterpart, the young woman they both lust after, and a […]

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10 years ago

A Buddhist homicide detective in an over-the-top murder mystery

Start with a devout Buddhist homicide detective in Bangkok named Sonchai Jitpleecheep, half-American, half-Thai, the son of a prostitute now retired to running a red light district bordello. The Godfather of Kathmandu (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #4) by John Burdett (2010) 321 pages @@@ (3 out of 5) Add a rich and famous Hollywood director murdered in a […]

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