A follow-up to Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s THE HEIST from last summer, the duo’s THE CHASE picks right up with the exploits of internationally known thief Nicolas Fox and FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hara. For those who enjoyed the first entry, know that this continues with the fun, and actually is a more enjoyable ride with not just one con, but four, each more daring than before.
The reason for these little excursions centers around a former White House chief named Carter Grove, a man who makes Dick Cheney look like Mister Rogers. Grove is now in charge of a firm called Black Rhino, a private army for hire à la Blackwater.
It’s time once again to saddle up and ride into the Old West. This trip to the frontier will be a little different, since the first two books covered are ebooks from the fine folks of Piccadilly Publishing, who have been putting out some solid reissues. I figured it was damn time to cover a few. The third book is from a long-running series that a friend of mine who is not a fan of the genre swears by.
Cora Felton, aka The Puzzle Lady, is back for NYPD PUZZLE, her 15th entry in Parnell Hall’s charming series. When Cora is hired by young attorney Becky Balwin to accompany her to New York City for a meeting, she accepts. The meeting is actually a mystery to Becky herself, who never has met the person or even knows why they are to meet.
Things take a drastic turn pretty quick, when they arrive to find what would have been her new client dead, and the killer still in the large apartment. Cora takes things into her own hands by taking a shot at the intruder with her gun. The blast kicks off this cat-and-mouse game of a read.
The title of this column explains all the books covered: There are no secret meanings or hoity-toity mumbo-jumbo of symbolism. Nope, these are all in-your-face and there to shock. “Graphic” and “over-the-top” describe these three novels — well, actually seven. You’ll see what I mean, once we kick things off with the king of subtlety, Guy N. Smith.
DEAD MEAT: THE COMPLETE BOOKS OF SABAT by Guy N. Smith — Oh, sweet e-reader, without you I would never be able to afford half the books I’ve featured recently. Now for a book that could have easily been a column by itself, since it’s actually a 1997 collection of all four books in the SABAT series, with an addition of two short stories. Trust me: A little of them goes a long way, to the point a friend was amazed I was able to read all four consecutively, and that person is a huge Smith fan.
This week’s column title is the soundtrack to this column. While reading all three books for this entry. I was dealing with two cats who think my bed is actually theirs; they will both lie on it day in and day out, snoring louder then any of my roommates I’ve had since college. We are talking locomotive-type snoring. Still, it’s a steady rumble of a noise.
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? by Horace McCoy — Being more familiar with the movie that was made from this 1935 book, I’ve been on the hunt for McCoy’s novel for years, to no avail until the Kindle. I’m amazed how truly dark and existential it truly is, even if I knew the outcome and what to expect.