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Final Notice
Final Notice
by Joe Gores
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Guys Are Easy To Find, July 11 2002
In FINAL NOTICE the reader knows who the bad guys are early on in the book. The big surprise is how Dan Kearny chooses to handle the situation. FINAL NOTICE is one of the better entries in the popular DKA series.

Gone, No Forwarding
Gone, No Forwarding
by Joe Gores
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bart Heslip Provides Most of the Heroics, July 11 2002
Adam Espinosa arrives in San Francisco with a female companion on a flight from Mexico City. After emptying the contents of a safe deposit box, he is murdered. At the time of the killing Kathy Onoda is receiving a delinquent auto payment from Kasimir Pivarski at the DKA office.
Dan Kearny is served a notice of complaint by the state licensing board regarding DKA's handling of the payment. Kathy Onoda dies unexpectedly of a massive blood clot leaving Kearny without a witness to the transaction. Kearny sends agents scurrying to find another witness in order to save his license.
The license hearing threads its way throughout the book. Bart Heslip provides most of the heroics. GONE, NO FORWARDING is an entertaining mystery novel but not the very best of the successful DKA series.

New Orleans Beat
New Orleans Beat
by Julie Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Suspects Are Numerous, July 11 2002
Detective Skip Langdon investigates the suspicious death of computer nerd Geoffrey Kavanagh.
Geoff had mentioned on a computer network that he had witnessed the murder of his father Leighton twenty-seven years ago. Leighton had been a cop whose revolver and citrine ring were stolen at the time of his killing. Geoff was hoping to get a flashback of the murderer's face.
Skip believes the key to the crime lies somewhere within the computer network which has 10,000 subscribers. As she goes about her investigation, Geoff's girl friend and his grandmother are also eliminated. The killer turns out to be closer than we like to think although the suspects are numerous.

Long Way From Tipperary, A
Long Way From Tipperary, A
by John D Crossan
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Searching For Clues, June 26 2002
John Dominic Crossan has led an adventurous life which included twenty years spent as a Roman Catholic monk and thirty years reconstructing the historical Jesus.
The challenge for me in reading this book is searching for clues as to what factors in his background have influenced his studies and conclusions. His descriptions of his parents, boyhood teachers and youthful life in an Ireland recently freed from its colonial past are fairly interesting but too superficial. More intriguing are those parts of the book which deal with his profound anger directed at the church hierarchy and the chapter which describes the evolution of his early research on the sayings and parables of Jesus into a wider quest focusing on the life of Jesus.

Excavating Jesus: Beneath The Stones, Behind The Texts
Excavating Jesus: Beneath The Stones, Behind The Texts
by John D Crossan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly Digging For The Truth, June 16 2002
EXCAVATING JESUS is a very ambitious book. In order to fully appreciate the depth and seriousness of the effort it is essential to gain a good understanding of the authors' methods of research as described in the book's Introduction.
The most important thing I am learning from Crossan and Reed is that there is much more left to be uncovered about the historical Jesus. What I see in Crossan and Reed's studies are the possibilities for further explorations. However, I am sure they will be the first to admit that their approach may be refined in the future as more progress is made in archaeological finds and textual exegesis.
Crossan and Reed emphasize the itinerancy and commensality of the earliest Christians. Their theories are based on the existence of the Q Gospel and the independence of the Gospel of Thomas. In the future both of these assumptions may be altered due to additional discoveries. Meanwhile their greatest contribution may be simply in showing us the possibilities that lie in relentlessly digging for the truth.

Blue Bayou
Blue Bayou
by Dick Lochte
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unflappable in the Toughest Situations, June 13 2002
This review is from: Blue Bayou (Hardcover)
Terry Manion gets out of Evangeline Spa after twenty-two days of alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He learns that his old mentor, J.J. Legendre, is dead. Nadia Wells asks Manion to help her investigate the case to see if Legendre was murdered. Nadia is a former madam whose detective agency used to employ both Manion and Legendre.
Manion is a bookish guy who is as vulnerable as anybody emerging from alcohol and drug treatment. He is oddly unflappable in the toughest situations. BLUE BAYOU is better than most entries in the field of detective fiction.

Neon Rain: An Irene Kelly Novel
Neon Rain: An Irene Kelly Novel
by James Lee Burke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars On The Way To Burnout, June 11 2002
New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheau finds the body of a black prostitute named Lovelace Deshotels while fly-fishing in Bayou Lafourche. Robichaux believes Lovelace is a murder victim although the Cataouatche Parish sheriff is treating the case as an accident. He begins to get interested in the case even though it is out of his jurisdiction and with the help of his partner, Cletus Purcel, is led to drug boss Julio Segura from Nicaragua and Didoni Giacomi of New Orleans organized crime. Robicheaux's task is complicated by the fact that his half-brother Jimmy is a friend of Giacomi.
This book is the first in the Dave Robicheaux series and the finale for Dave on the New Orleans police force. He retires due to burnout. THE NEON RAIN is one of the better entries in the Dave Robicheaux series.

Cinnamon Skin
Cinnamon Skin
by John D. MacDonald
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meyer Takes The Lead, June 9 2002
In the last few Travis McGee novels, MacDonald focuses more than before on McGee's close friend Meyer. CINNAMON SKIN is a story in which Meyer takes the lead. He has to fight the demons of his past cowardice and also avenge the death of his niece. CINNAMON SKIN is one of the very best entries in the McGee series.

The Thin Man
The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Novel Completed by Hammett, June 2 2002
This review is from: The Thin Man (Paperback)
Although this was the last novel completed by Hammett, he did live for over twenty-six more years until 1961. The story introduced the dashing couple Nick and Nora Charles who in some respects resembled Hammett and his long-time companion Lillian Hellman.
If you entertain romantic notions about New York City in the 1930's, this will help you enjoy the book. However, you will have to cope with unceasing dialogue which is difficult to follow.

Cities of the Dead
Cities of the Dead
by Linda Barnes
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Book, June 2 2002
This is the fourth of the Michael Sprague mysteries, and unlike the others which are set in Boston, this one takes place in New Orleans. The book suffers because of this since the author seems to be more familiar with Boston.The grave yards and skeletons give it a spooky but light quality. The fierce jealousies portrayed among New Orleans chefs add to the story.
I found it an enjoyable book although it is not the best of Linda Barnes' work.

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