From Amazon.com: Details the horrifying true account of twisted killer Kristen Gilbert, a.k.a. the Angel of Death, who, as a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northamption, Massachusetts, murdered many of the helpless patients in her care with a lethal drug that caused fatal heart attacks.
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A Reader’s Review: This is an interesting story about the search for a serial killer. It’s a decent story about the lengths a Daddy’s Girl will go to in order to please Daddy. And it’s a completely ridiculous portrait story of cartoon characters that pass for contemporary women:
Julie? Oh, puh-leeze! Sunny is Counselor Julie’s best friend, Sunny is involved in a dangerous situation that puts them in peril, Julie is breaking just about every rule in the counselor’s handbook. Yet in all her sessions with the Sainted Susan Silverman, Sunny never mentions any of it. Why the total disregard for her best friend Julie? And worse, Julie’s innocent patients?
Dr. Susan Silverman delivers no insights during Sunny’s sessions. She just nods and half-smiles at her patient. One wonders how much she charges Sunny. Sunny’s fascination with her shrink is kinda weird. Sunny’s heart leaps when Dr. Silverman says her name. She’s thrilled when the shrink’s Mona Lisa half-smile actually escalates to complete smile. We hear about Silverman’s lustrous hair, her terrific body, her artfully applied makeup. I went between thinking I was reading the transcript of a therapy session and a Letter to Penthouse.
Sunny’s mother has a drinking problem. Every time the family gets together, Mom gets sloshed. Dad sees this but does nothing because, I guess, love means never having to say, “stop that.” Mr. and Mrs. Randall are of retirement age. All this drinking cannot be good for her liver, or her bones, or her heart. But as with Sunny and Julie, Dad says nothing. Apparently enjoying being in codependent relationships is, like crime fighting, a bond father and daughter share.
Amazon.com Review: In the 10th installment of his popular Prey series, John Sandford (a.k.a. John Camp) pits his popular antihero, Lucas Davenport, against a pair of cunning killers unlike any he has encountered before.
Attorney Carmel Loan is preternaturally beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious. When she becomes infatuated with fellow barrister Hale Allen, she isn’t going to let a little thing like his being married get in her way. A quick meeting with an ex-client sets up the hit on Hale’s wife, Barbara. The professional killer, Clara Rinker, is one of the best in the business. Smart, attractive, with a gentle Southern drawl, no one would suspect her of being a top Mafia hit man… er, hit person. When she takes the Allen assignment, she figures it will be easy money for a day’s work. But things go wrong from the beginning. Loan’s ex-client made a tape of the meeting, and is shaking her down for money. Worse, the shooting of a witness–a cop–brings deputy inspector Lucas Davenport into the case. Somehow Davenport has not only linked Loan to the killing, but seems to have a lead on Rinker as well. Carmel and Clara team up to clean up the loose ends, which includes getting Davenport off their back by whatever means necessary.
Like all of Sandford’s books, Certain Prey is a fast and furious ride. Fans of previous Prey books will find Davenport a little older, a little more wary, but no less sharp-witted and determined. Though parts of the plot may stretch the limits of credulity and the dialogue falls a little flat in places, this is still a wonderfully crafted thriller, possibly one of the best of 1999. Certain Prey cements Sandford’s standing among such luminaries as James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, and Thomas Harris.
Amazon.com description: In the wake of the cataclysm many new alliances are forming even as old ones dissolve. As Sanglant struggles to legitimize his own leadership, the Aoi are carrying out random attacks-while implicating him as their leader. Stronghand has begun a march of conquest into the heart of Sanglant’s realm. Adelheid and Antonia have made an unholy alliance. And Sabella and Duke Conrad are moving to seize Sanglant’s crown. Cultures, religions, and races are clashing in what will be the ultimate struggle for control of this strange new world.
A Reader’s Review by April Braswell: Book Number 2 in the Alexander Barnaby Adventure series, following up on Metro Girl which was Book Number 1 in the series, Evanovich provides us with another adventure, comedy, and romance series. Our heroine has some similarities to much beloved Stephanie Plum, saucy (mouthed as well, hence the Book Title, be forewarned of racier language, delivered all in good fun), contemporary, and a riot, yet, of course, she is different. Alexandra aka “Barney” Barnaby is more sorta working class Southern with a panache for NASCAR where Plum is Jersey, Trenton, from “The Berg.”
You won’t believe some of the elements of the plot, but just go with it and have fun. This is definitely a fantasy stretch of a plot, as are all the also marvelously fun Stephanie Plum novels. Plenty of computer and NASCAR details and I’m not even a huge NASCAR fan, found that element fun, a real NASCAR fan would be able to review how accurate are Ms. Evanovich’s details. I’m guessing she researched it and they’re accurate.
Sit back, buckle up, and get ready for a fast-paced humorous ride and romance.
A review by Genevieve Graham: ”A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty” dives fearlessly into the lives and psyches of three completely different women, including one who has suffered a massive stroke. The personalities of these women, shaped through hard, grasping lives, are so real, so accessible it makes it entirely natural to love and hate just as fiercely as they do. I roared at Jackson’s straightforward humour; her dialogues are quick and smart and completely perfect. I thought I was tough, going through the book and living the women’s pain without shedding a tear, but she got me in the end and the tears came from much deeper than I’d ever have expected.
Amazon.com Review: When Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks came to live on Martha’s Vineyard in 2006, she ran across a map by the island’s native Wampanoag people that marked the birthplace of Caleb, first Native American to graduate of Harvard College–in 1665. Her curiosity piqued, she unearthed and fleshed out his thin history, immersing herself in the records of his tribe, of the white families that settled the island in the 1640s, and 17th-century Harvard. In Caleb’s Crossing, Brooks offers a compelling answer to the riddle of how–in an era that considered him an intellectually impaired savage–he left the island to compete with the sons of the Puritanical elite. She relates his story through the impassioned voice of the daughter of the island’s Calvinist minister, a brilliant young woman who aches for the education her father wastes on her dull brother. Bethia Mayfield meets Caleb at twelve, and their mutual affinity for nature and knowledge evolves into a clandestine, lifelong bond. Bethia’s father soon realizes Caleb’s genius for letters and prepares him for study at Harvard, while Bethia travels to Cambridge under much less auspicious circumstances. This window on early academia fascinates, but the book breathes most thrillingly in the island’s salt-stung air, and in the end, its questions of the power and cost of knowledge resound most profoundly not in Harvard’s halls, but in the fire of a Wampanoag medicine man.
A Reader’s Review: Ed Gorman is a writer who should have a larger audience than he does. He is an author who has the ability to create characters that are not only believable, but also draw both the reader’s attention and sympathy. He probes the darkness without allowing his fiction to be devoured by it. His stories have a working-class voice and are laced with anger, disappointment, irony, and humor; and his latest novel CAVALRY MAN: DOOM WEAPON is no exception.
DOOM WEAPON is the third novel to feature Noah Ford. He is a recovering alcoholic Federal man who is as philosophical as a lawman can get–he sees pain and anguish, lonesomeness and sorrow, hatred and fear, where others see nothing more than criminals, thieves, and murderers. He is the Travis McGee of the old West–except he doesn’t have much luck with what McGee called the “wounded birds”–and when he’s on your trail there isn’t much you can do except bide your time and hope he doesn’t get a whiff.
In CAVALRY MAN: DOOM WEAPON Noah Ford is dispatched to find a missing agent–Arnold Grieves. Grieves has been missing for a few weeks and everyone back East is getting nervous. He has a pregnant wife and more importantly–as far as his boss is concerned–an open case that needs to be closed. When Noah hits Junction City, the last place Grieves was known to be, he doesn’t find much except a bunch of stories about Grieves hitting the bottle and bedding the local female population. It doesn’t help matters that people are dying violently all over town, and Noah is right at the center of it.