RARA-AVIS: Re: Favorite 2008 Books?

From: Jack Quick (jquick5342@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 Dec 2008

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    A CALCULATED RISK by Katherine Neville: If you enjoyed the 1999 film Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, you will love this one.

    A CARRION DEATH by Michael Stanley: Michael Stanley is the pen name of the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollop. Its strictly Africa and you can feel the heat, smell the dank vegetation and acrid animal smell on every page. This is home for Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department.

    CHASING DARKNESS by Robert Crais: Wow, what a plot. Police and fire department personnel discover the corpse of one Lionel Byrd, an apparent suicide. In his lap is a photo album containing crime scene photos from seven brutally murdered women, one per year for seven years. All the evidence appears to point to Byrd's guilt as a serial killer. But he has been exonarated.

    THE DAWN PATROL by Don Winslow: A gnarly rad epic that is macking crunchy.

    THE EIGHT by Katherine Neville: Katherine Neville's debut novel is a thriller with action divided between 1790 and 1972. The action centers on a chess set owned by Charlemagne which ended up in a French monastery. Supposedly players who use it can tap into incredible powers.

    THE GHOST WAR by Alex Berenson CIA agent John Wells, the first Western intelligence officer to penetrate the upper levels of al-Qaeda, featured in 2006's The Faithful Spy (which won an Edgar Award for best first novel) is back. This time, Wells returns to Afghanistan to find out what outside country is assisting the Taliban.

    GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE by Victor Gischler "This is how Mortimer Tate ending up killing the first three human beings he'd laid eyes on in nearly a decade:" What an opening line. James Rollins says it best in his blurb, "Who would have guessed the book was even better than the title?" I concur.

    HIT AND RUN by Lawrence Block: Keller is like most of us. He has a job that he works at in order to pay his bills, feed his hobby (stamp collecting) and hopefully prepare for his eventual retirement. The major difference is Keller's a hit man. The best Keller yet.

    L.A. OUTLAWS by T. Jefferson Parker: Another outstanding offering from Parker who always comes up with the neatest characters. By day, Suzanne Jones is an eighth grade history teacher with three sons in Los Angeles. By night, she dons a mask, pockets her derringer and steals cash from fast food places, cars, and in the instant case, almost half a million in diamonds.

    MR. CLARINET by Nick Stone: Max Mingus spent seven years in Attica for killing three child molesters. Now the ex-Miami cop and erstwhile PI is trying to put his life back together. Not for the faint hearted, this first effort is gritty throughout.

    SWAN PEAK by James Lee Burke: The seventeenth Dave Robicheaux novel, and they just keep getting better. If this were Home Run Derby, it would be no contest. Burke has hit it out of the park once again.

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