Friday, October 24, 2014

The Kills by Richard House is what i shall read next...

LJ Reviews 2014 May #1

House's (Uninvited) thousand-page epic, first published in Britain as four stand-alone ebooks (Sutler; The Massive; The Kill; The Hit) and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, is now collected in one massive omnibus. Modeled after Roberto Bolaño's labyrinthine 2666, the novel blends the geopolitical machinations of an espionage thriller with DeLilloesque levels of conspiracy and metafiction. In the first book, a government contractor known as Sutler goes on the lam when $53 million earmarked for rebuilding Iraq disappears with him. The Massive serves as a prolog, focusing on the American civilians who work at an Iraqi burn pit before Sutler arrives. The third book concerns a text called The Kill, referenced by characters in the first two volumes, about a pair of brothers who read about a fictional murder and re-create it, beginning a complex loop of art imitating life. The final book, The Hit, attempts to tie the strands together, as a German diplomat's sister-in-law takes up the search for Sutler. It's tough to summarize this book succinctly and equally tough to forge through in places, so dense is the writing, and might be best considered in its original form as four separate volumes. The work is also intended to be interactive; readers can find supplemental audio and video material on the publisher's website, though the extras aren't essential to the story. VERDICT House's doorstop of a tome demands considerable attention and patience from readers, and those prepared to offer it will find subtle intertextual rewards. Others will be frustrated by the sudden narrative shifts among each volume and the deliberate lack of resolution. Recommended for those who wished their John le Carré came more postmodern and surreal. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]—Michael Pucci, South Orange P.L., NJ
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Monday, October 20, 2014

just re-read this:The Accident A Novel Chris Pavone,great!

LJ Reviews 2013 December #1
Pavone's second novel (after his Edgar Award-winning thriller The Expats) follows several people in the publishing industry as they handle a manuscript that promises tremendous personal gain but, as some soon learn, at risk of death. Isabel Reed, a divorced literary agent, has received a manuscript that promises to be a blockbuster. If true, the book will destroy the career of wealthy media mogul Charles Wolfe, about to launch a political career. He is prepared to have his henchman, Berlin cultural attaché and rogue CIA agent Hayden Gray, kill anyone who gets in his way. Jeff Fielder, also divorced and long enamored of Isabel, is an editor in need of a career-changing book. His boss, deeply in debt, faces a buyout by Wolfe's company. A subsidiary rights director has stolen a copy of the manuscript and heads to Hollywood with visions of grandeur. All are in great danger, not to mention the anonymous author, who may have to "die" twice to survive! VERDICT Fans of popular fiction (not just thriller lovers) and all those interested in the inner workings of the publishing world will have a terrific time reading this engaging thriller, driven by compelling portraits of desperate characters, each of whom will come to wonder if the manuscript in hand is worth the cost. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/13.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Search for Anne Perry by Drayton, Joanne is what i'm reading now; fascinating...


LJ Reviews 2014 August #1
Drayton (design, Unitec Inst. of Technology, New Zealand; Ngaio Marsh) has written a sympathetic and compelling literary biography of crime writer Anne Perry. The book begins in 1994 with the frantic moments that sparked the revelation that Perry was Juliet Hulme, convicted in 1954, along with her friend Pauline Parker, for the murder of Parker's mother. The crime was the subject of Peter Jackson's 1994 film Heavenly Creatures. Drayton expertly weaves the events of Perry's childhood throughout the book while narrating the adult life of Perry as she struggles to find success as a writer. The author shows Perry to be a deeply religious, thoughtful, and caring individual who can never forget what she did when she was 15. Drayton briefly discusses each of Perry's novels, touching on how the themes and ethical dilemmas in the books reflect issues and concerns in Perry's personal life. A tendency to skim over details, as well as a lack of critical assessment leave the work feeling one sided at times. Nonetheless, an enjoyable read. VERDICT Perry fans are sure to love this authorized biography of the author. Well written and quickly paced, it reads like an absorbing story.—Stefanie Hollmichel, Univ. of St. Thomas Law Lib., Minneapolis
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