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Death of an addict by M C Beaton
Death of an addict

Edward Hahn, June 28, 2015

This is my first Hamish MacBeth book. I enjoyed it immensely. It's light in some ways and serious in others. The interwoven plots in this volume kept me guessing.

The opening plot involves the apparent drug overdose death of Tommy Jarrett, a recovering addict. Hamish is unwilling to accept the obvious which leads him into the major plot-line where he pairs up with an attractive Detective Inspector, Olivia Chater, in an undercover operation to trap a gang of drug dealers. They spend a lot of time together which eventually leads to complications. There is also a sub-plot involving a religious cult which, frankly added little to the story.

Eventually the undercover operation comes to an exciting conclusion, Tommy Jarrett's murder is solved and Hamish and Olivia try to figure out where to go from here.

I plan to read more of the Hamish MacBeth series and I recommend this one. Even though it's number 15, I never felt I was missing something by not having started the series at the beginning.
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Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn
Pursuit of Honor

Edward Hahn, June 22, 2015

I've been a Vince Flynn fan even when I thought his hero Mitch Rapp was a bit over the top to say nothing of his supporting cast, all as stereotypical as can be imagined.

This one, though, was too much to stomach. I finally finished it due to an unfortunate obsession I have about finishing any book I start. Flynn recently died ahead of his time and I felt bad as it was way too soon. He was only 47 YOA and wrote two books after this one.

It appears to me that he may have fallen under the thrall of Glenn Beck since in this story everyone who doesn't agree with Mitch is part of a liberal conspiracy meant to turn the country over to the terrorists. He saves a lot of his venom for a group of women Senators who are obviously patterned after current Senators. You can imagine what he thinks of the State Department and the FBI. It's just too much, no matter how much I enjoy the thrilling action.

Mitch kills a lot of people without getting scratched but everyone who Mitch dispatches deserves to die and Mitch rarely misses. "Frontier Justice"?

Enough. You get the idea. If you like ultra conservative writing disguised as a thriller, this book will meet your needs.
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Cold Vengeance by Douglas J Preston
Cold Vengeance

Edward Hahn, June 19, 2015

I have enjoyed all the books in the Pendergast Series and this one is no exception. I hadn't realized the series had gone in a new direction involving Pendergast's wife Helen (Nee: Esterhazy)and that this was the second book in the new plot line. Even though, the previous book, "Fever Dreams", sets this story up, nevertheless it can stand on it's own and sets up the next book, "Two Graves".

This book opens with Pendergast on a hunting trip with his brother-in-law Judson Esterhazy. As they confront one another, Pendergast is shot and left for dead. Since no body is ever discovered, many of Pendergast's friends, especially Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, are convinced he is still alive and search for him. There are a number of sub-plots, one involving a small town reporter, Ned Betterton, and another Pendergast's niece, Constance.

Pendergast becomes convinced his wife, the victim of a hunting accident 10 years earlier, is still alive. The narrative jumps around from Scotland to Mississippi to New York to Boston and to Charlotte, SC. Eventually all the different threads and sub-plots come together to an exciting climax and a cliffhanging end.

I'm in awe of the ability of these two authors to keep both the plots and the characters interesting over such a long time and through so many different story lines. This is a fine thriller and one that has reinvigorated me to continue to read the output of the authors' collaboration.
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Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel by John Sandford
Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

Edward Hahn, June 14, 2015

Somehow John Sandford has managed to keep the energy and excitement in the Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport. It now runs to 21 volumes to say nothing of the four book Virgil Flowers spin-off.

The story opens with the robbery of a hospital pharmacy, in which Davenport's surgeon wife, Weather, works. Things go wrong when one of the hospital employees dies from being kicked and Weather probably can identify one of the robbers. She is now a possible target of the gang and needs protection.

Meanwhile, Weather herself is part of a surgical team trying to separate conjoined twin girl infants. The procedure takes place over a number of days and seriously complicates things. When Davenport and his BCA group figure out that there was a hospital insider involved, protecting Weather becomes even more of a challenge.

The narrative switches between the good guys and the bad guys and we can see how each group makes certain assumptions that are often wrong and create additional problems. As is often true in this series, one of the bad guys is a total psycho and looking into his thought processes is an adventure in terror.

Of course, things eventually work themselves out and the ending is very satisfying.

I liked this effort as much as any of the others and I've read them all. I recommend it with the slight caveat that it would be nice if you could read the series from the beginning but don't let that stop you from picking this one up and enjoying the ride.
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The Hunter by John Lescroart
The Hunter

Edward Hahn, June 10, 2015

This, the third book in the Hunt Club series, is the best of the three - a definite winner.

The story opens when Wyatt Hunt gets a text message: "How did your mother die?" Wyatt is hooked because as an adopted child, he knows little or nothing about his birth parents, Kevin & Margaret Carson. He was adopted at six and has repressed most of his early memories.

As the texts keep coming he enlists the help of his staff, old buddy and SF Police inspector Devin Juhle as well as his contacts at the phone company to try to pin down the identity of the sender.

Through the adoption agency, he contacts Father Bermard who counseled his parents. Wyatt discovers his dad was put on trial for the murder of Margaret but found not guilty twice. That's why Wyatt was put into the Child Protective Services system and eventually adopted. Father Bernard also has a letter in which Kevin expresses his love and swears he had nothing to do with Margaret's murder.

At some point, Wyatt figures out that the texter is scared because the person who killed his mom is most likely still alive. Wyatt then uses his P.I. skills to track down anyone and everyone who might know something. The process is very painful and forces Wyatt to confront his repressed memories and feelings while uncovering connections that hopefully will lead him to the killer. There is also a romantic sub-plot that contributes to the story rather than detracts from it.

The story reaches a semi-conclusion, drags for a short time, then picks up speed and interest as Wyatt is able to tie up all the loose ends. The epilogue is slightly syrupy but satisfying, too.

I had a hard time putting this book down, finishing it in a couple days. I highly recommend it even if you haven't read the previous two books in the series and especially if you haven't discovered Lescroart yet.
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