Friday, June 19, 2009

'The Scarecrow' and 'Gone Tomorrow'

Taking a break from culinary adventures to write about books. I enjoy reading and I read a lot. SP told me that once when he picked up books for me at the local library, the librarian commented,"She sure is an avid reader!" It should be noted that he is there 1-2 times a week to pick up/drop off books and that we both are huge fans of managing our library accounts online -- I love the online request form and the inter-library loan system. In fact, we almost never go to the library and browse - we simply request what we want online and when it arrives at our local library, we pick it up.

My favorite kind of book is mystery/suspense/thriller. Recently, I read The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly and Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. They are two of my favorite, must-read authors.

I really enjoy Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books, but The Scarecrow is not a Bosch novel; it features Jack McEvoy, the newspaper writer and hero from The Poet, and FBI Agent Rachel Walling. While I didn't enjoy TS as much as a Bosch novel, it was much, much better than the last Bosch novel The Overlook (I am not counting The Brass Verdict as a Bosch novel as it featured Mickey Haller and Bosch appeared only briefly).

TS certainly makes me question blogging! The sub-plot is about the demise of print newspapers and McEvoy's losing his job; the main plot is about McEvoy reporting on the murder of a woman by a 16-year-old but that investigation leads to a serial killer who finds his victims using his computer hacking skills to learn about them and invade their privacy and then kill them. Creepy. Makes you want to 'google' yourself!!!

Gone Tomorrow is Lee Child's newest Jack Reacher novel. I am happy to report that this is much, much, much better than the last Reacher novel, Nothing To Lose. I didn't enjoy NTL -- it was very disappointing and - dare I say it? - boring. I didn't think a Reacher novel could be boring! Happily, things are back to normal in GT: Reacher witnesses a suicide on the subway but, of course, he knows there's more than meets the eye and he starts investigating, stirring up all sorts of trouble and secrets which, of course, various groups do not want revealed.

Both books are suspenseful. Both kept me glued to the pages (yes, I started reading each in the early afternoon and finished by bedtime -- I just get involved and keep reading and reading for hours on end). Can't wait for the next novels from each (next Harry Bosch is 9 Dragons out on Oct. 13).

Michael Connelly:

Lee Child:

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