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Daisies in the Junkyard
Daisies in the Junkyard
by Michael Enright
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...., Feb. 27 2003
Enright gives a voice to two boys trying to survive their teenage years and stay one step ahead of the gangs that roam their neighborhood. Tony and Carlos know if they can escape the ghetto the world is better on the other side. Everday a war is fought on the street outside their front door. Each gang claims it as their own and they get what they want using whatever violence is necessary to secure their kingdom. Enright has lived in these trenches as a priest and tells first person a vivid and disturbing story of growing up in the crossfire of turf wars. As a reader you will fill Carlos pain as he loses friends to the
gangs and to heavens above us daily. All he wants is to graduate and leave this place far behind and he keeps hounding Tony to have the same dream. In this story you will feel the pain of parents losing their sons to a society they don't comprehend, friends mourning a lost childhood and you will see through words the life of a gangbanger. In the end you will find a peace with this book that gives you hope that Tony and Carlos make it out of
the south side of Chicago.

The King of Torts
The King of Torts
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 34.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grisham spins a good yarn, Feb. 25 2003
This review is from: The King of Torts (Hardcover)
Clay Matthews is an attorney laboring in the halls of public defender when an unbelievable offers falls into his lap. Max Hayes arrives on the scene and convinces Clay to leave behind his meager career and move into swank offices and become the hotshot in the legal world. The money scenarios he throws at Clay are
unbelievable and the case he is giving him I have read before in a novel. What makes this novel work is Grisham can take a yarn and spin into a masterpiece. Before Clay can catch his breath he is raking in millions of dollars and has more cases for civil action that he can imagine. His colleagues who traveled this
path with him are starting to get preoccupied with the money and don't see the bridges burning underneath them. In the end Clay gets what he really wanted when he took the first case. Grisham last two novels were lackluster in my opinion and wrote for the big screen. In this novel he wrote with passion and didn't let the lure of Hollywood force his characters into stereotype situations and the ending wasn't abrupt. Since
I read this book in 24 hr. I must rate it a 10 which it greatly earned in my opinion.

Death of Riley
Death of Riley
by Rhys Bowen
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Molly's at it again, Feb. 24 2003
This review is from: Death of Riley (Hardcover)
Molly Murphy has decided after many failed attempts at employment to be an investigator. Since this is the early 1900's in NYC many find this announcement nonsense and dismiss it as foolish behavior. Well she meets Paddy and convinces him to give her a job cleaning his office. She bothers him everday about his
cases and ask question after question. Upon coming to work one day, she discovers a robbery in progress and her world is turned upside down. Molly manages to irritate everyone with her determination to find the criminal. Her actions place in her danger and it is up to Daniel Sullivan to rescue her from her
shortcomings. This sequel is not as tightly written as the debut novel. I found myself skimming the last third of the book as Molly actions were just over the top where the plot was headed. Bowen does manage to reel Molly in and the conclusion of the story was solid yet murky. Rating 7

by Kate Morgenroth
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Female Pilots, Alaska & High Rollers, Feb. 22 2003
This review is from: Saved (Hardcover)
Ellie Somers is living her dreams thousand miles above the earth. She works for the Alaska Coast Guard on the helicopter Rescue Squad. She loves playing the role of hero but still has a thrill streak in her. When one dangerous mission almost grounds her wings, she agrees to play by the rules. She does good for a while and then the thrill is aching inside of her. This time she isn't a hero but a grounded pilot. She becomes despondent and her reckless behavior has her in Las Vegas. Her friends believe she didn't nothing wrong and set out to clear her name and find in the lower 48. When they do, she is involved in a plan she cannot
escape from and this plan may cost her everything she believes in and the honor of her friends. Morgenroth had me spellbound with the details given to the rescue missions. But when Ellie is grounded and main setting is switch to Las Vegas it lost something. It does pick up momentum again but the way she tries to switch tactics between plots were choppy but in the end I still find this a good read.

Death By Chocolate
Death By Chocolate
by G Mckevett
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated chocolate, Feb. 15 2003
This review is from: Death By Chocolate (Hardcover)
Savannah is back home in California where she is in between jobs and low on funds. She takes on an assignment of being a bodyguard to the Chocolate Queen. On the first day she learns the Queen she may be but of nastiness not chocolate. This woman doesn't't want help and thinks everyone is trying to kill her. As things escalate Savannah learns this is a neurotic family about to implode upon herself. I didn't enjoy this novel as the mystery was poorly done and I didn't care who the killer was nor the motive for it. Bringing in another of her siblings for added drama was a bad idea. And the normal cast of supporting characters were lifeless in this novel and offered no support to the plot.

The Distance: A Crime Novel Introducing Billy Nichols
The Distance: A Crime Novel Introducing Billy Nichols
by Eddie Muller
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars San Franciso and Boxing, Jan. 30 2003
This novels takes you back to the late 1940's and the San Franscisso era of boxing. Muller brings this period of history to life with active characters and his insight into the boxing world is topnotch. Billy Nichols is a sports reporter and is beat is the boxing world and he befriends many boxers and managers
covering the sport. On the very first page Muller sets the bar high by having the murder committed and the murder revealed all by page 2. Nichols role in all this is the cover up. He helps the boxer clean up the crime scene and remove the body. Now remember this is the 1940's and DNA technology wasn't invented to the
caliber of what we have today. The rest of the story is told by Billy and his fast stepping to keep ahead of the deceptive assigned the case. Since Muller set his sights so high so early in the book the middle falls flat. He knew where he wanted the story to go he just couldn't grasp the words to get it there. Close to the ending the story picks up the high pace of the beginning chapters and the ending is full of tension. The big
question is will Billy be found out about his accessory to the crime and go to jail or will Muller save his character so we can have other book about him.

Indigo Dying
Indigo Dying
by Susan Albert
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars China saves a town, Jan. 25 2003
This review is from: Indigo Dying (Hardcover)
China is off a for a quiet weekend in Indigo, Texas to an arts festival but trouble brews in the air. Allie is classmate from college is having family problems. It seems her Uncle is selling his mining rights and Indigo will soon be no more. He drops his bombshell at the local town meeting and the next night he is dead. Everyone is a suspect as they all want to save their town. Many believe a booby trap set in his own abandoned building was the cause of the accident. China's Husband McQaid arrives for a camping trip and soon joins forces with local enforcement to interview the town and find the killer. In the back of China's
mind something is nagging at her but she can't point her finger at it. When she finally remembers what she forgot the whole mystery surrounding this town becomes clear. Albert has wrote another story that gives us folklore, a lesson in indigo dying and a look at smalltown life. On the otherhand she introduces a story that could have been admitted from the story because she only gives it a fleck of attention before moving on to
the meat of the story. Since I love this series and feel like I am getting together with close friends to get an
update on their lives I found it to be a good read.

A Killing Frost
A Killing Frost
by Michael A. Black
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars, Jan. 22 2003
This review is from: A Killing Frost (Hardcover)
Black is a confident writer with a take charge attitude. He doesn't waste too many pages setting up his characters, explaining their relationships to each other or any subtle clues on when or where the mystery will occur. Instead he gives us a character who is original yet funny but has had his share of bad luck. Ron grew up in Chicago and had a rough childhood. An older cop took him under his wing and convinced to serve in the army. Upon his return he joined the men in blue in protecting the rough streets of Chicago while on duty one day something goes wrong and he is no longer a cop. The author hasn't fully told this story but his friends are sympathetic to him as he begins a career as a private detective. While all this is going on, he is also working out for a fight in the ring where boxing and kick boxing is combined into an event. His current case is for an old friend who is trying to locate a missing fiancee. As Ron works the case, he learns that Carlos uncovered a dirty secret for the company he was employed. Black uses an old plot of a company doing deceitful things and hiding under dummy corporation to fly under the radar of the government. The originality comes from the way Black uses action to propel the plot to the end. I figured
out early on what the secret was but by that time I wanted to see how Ron would figure it all out. And Ron works hard to apprehend the persons in the company he rubs the investigator on the case the wrong way and ends up solving the case his way. If you like Myron ( Harlan Coben ) or Elvis ( Robert Crais) or even Patrick ( Dennis Lehane) give this new author a chance. He will be a master storyteller like Connelly soon.

Fear Itself: A Novel
Fear Itself: A Novel
by Jonathan Nasaw
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Fear Please, Jan. 20 2003
This review is from: Fear Itself: A Novel (Hardcover)
Fear Itself Jonathan Nasaw
( pg 327 Thriller Carmel & Berkley)
Agent Pender is cleaning his office out and handing the reins over to Linda Abruzzi. Just like he was outlawed to the vastland of Liaison Support, Linda has been placed here hoping to force out of the FBI. She has just been diagnosed with MS and instead of her supervisors supporting her and helping her with medical
disability they want her to quit. As she is organizing her new desk she comes across a letter from Dorie who thinks her friends are being murdered by a killer who is using their fears against them. The police reports all point to accidental or suicidal deaths but Linda feels in her gut that this letter is legitimate. After confirming Dorie's story and reviewing the case files it is determined that a stalker is terrorizing people who have phobias. After getting Pender to hang around unofficially on the case and convincing the bosses to set up a task force the story goes south. At this time I get tired of the mini chapters inside each chapter that pulls the plot apart and makes it very difficult to follow the train of thought of the book. Nasaw also compromises the integrity of the case by having too many characters get emotionally attach to the case the ending was forced instead of a smooth conclusion like he did in Girls He Adored.

by Jan Burke
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Family Saga, Jan. 15 2003
This review is from: Liar (Hardcover)
Still recovering from incidents in Hocus and Irene's injuries from a previous accident, Frank and her are working on having a normal life with no unusual happenings. After her sister Barbara calls ranting and raving about a new grave next to there's parents, Irene goes to talk to Aunt Mary. During this conversation she learns about long lost relatives and family feud that started two decades ago. After some sleuthing at the
deceased' s house she locates her cousin Travis. The rest of the book is about Irene learning the truth about things that happened during her parent's marriage and why her mother and aunt was deceased. At some point I gave up on this plot, it just another tired family saga of who did who wrong. The mystery was just
there to give the book a purpose which it failed miserably. I thought after Hocus Burke was hitting her stride as a writer who spins page turning stories. Sadly she returned to the lackluster style of Remember Me Irene. Many times I found myself thinking why am I still reading this and the answer is Frank. If he in
the forefront of the stories then it has meat and I want to read more. When she sends him off on a wild goose chase the book doesn't hold my interest.

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