Thrillers Of The Month – December 2014
The Thrillers Of The Month are:
- The Decalogue by Mark Pettinger
- The Shadow Broker by Trace Conger
- After The Execution by James Raven
- The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
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|The Decalogue by Mark Pettinger|
|Review by Jane Brown …
I did not get the title (Decalogue) at first but after looking it up understood- then realized this was another word for the Ten Commandments.This is Mark Pettinger’s debut crime novel and what a novel to begin with. He is up there with the established crime authors.The main protagonist is believable and the reader gains insight into his private life with his faults, OCD, and his affair with a fellow colleague. This all adds to the melting pot of his character. Sometimes I wonder if there is room for any more detectives, but in this case I want to read more DCI Priest novels.
This is a well written novel and the story is fast paced. The story had a slight feeling of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, and as the book progresses you are willing DCI Priest to solve this crime quickly. I read this book in one go as I had to find out who the killer was.
I cannot wait for the author’s next novel; this is an author who will be going places.
Rating: An author who is going places
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|The Shadow Broker by Trace Conger|
|Review by Paul Morris …
Think Philip Marlowe for the twenty first century as the main character, a disgraced, down at heel and divorced, ex Private Eye becomes embroiled in shady dealings in a bid to secure his financial future.Forget bejeweled falcons though. This tale is strictly modern as the lead character gets mixed up with the bad guys, who are dealing people’s personal information on a sort of ‘Ebay for hoodlums’.
Soon he’s up to his neck in it and things are looking bad. But with some help from a great cast of character, including his cantankerous elderly father just might help him pull through. A classic crime caper with its feet well in the twentieth century.
Rating: Classic crime caper
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|After The Execution by James Raven|
|Review by Wendy Cartmell …
I read ‘After the Execution’ by James Raven, because of the intriguing plot line. How could a man be executed after being on Death Row and not die? Pretty interesting, huh? James Raven’s solution to the conundrum was well thought out and the premise had a ring of truth about it which all action thriller books need. Lee Jordan is a man who has lost everything, his life, his wife, his dreams and his future.
The scenes inside the prison were well written and the reader was able to connect with Lee Jordan, which was vital for the action that was to follow.Lee Jordan spends the rest of the book trying to stay alive, with lots of twists and turns along the way, which I won’t describe as I would hate to spoil the plot.
Suffice it to say the story is finished off neatly, with all unanswered questions and narrative threads, explained. I enjoyed Mr Raven’s style of writing, which was in the first person, past tense and he showed both sides of the story, even though it was written from Lee Jordan’s point of view.
After the Execution is an accomplished action thriller that won’t disappoint. An easy choice for my e-thriller of the month.
Rating: An accomplished action thriller
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|The Burning Room by Michael Connelly|
|Review by Leslie Gardner …
So secure are we in the familiar and loved character and procedures of Harry Bosch, that we are just holding our breaths all the time in case someone blows him out of the water – well, we wait a long time in this one, but it happens and he carries it off with aplomb.
Teamed up with a heroic younger police officer, promoted for her bravery, he uncovers her agenda – and deems it worthy – aiding and abetting her pursuit as they chase up a deadly criminal at the official behest of the Captain in what may well be Harry’s last case before he retires. The chemistry between the partners is delicately observed, and Harry’s past life in the form of women in the past who have helped out (and still want to…) balances things out in case we think he’s lost his allure and appetite. The stakes in these cases are high, and physical danger on the job balances with his protecting his daughter on the domestic front as she starts to try her wings without her mother, Harry’s deceased wife. She seems to take his work on board in an instinctive way, and we see that what he has in his bones might be hereditary – he’s always been good with his girls.
Connelly has not lost his touch, and I am glad the ending seems to leave wiggle room for Harry to have at least one more case.
Rating: Highly recommended
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