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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Citrus County by John Brandon
Citrus County

Larry Robinson, August 16, 2010

It is almost impossible to describe this book and do it justice. Oh, the story is easy enough to explain; teen years are tough, young love is tough, teaching is a thankless job, especially when you really have no interest in doing it. Two middle schoolers fall for each other and begin a tentative relationship. One of them kidnaps a small girl and hides her in a bunker on his uncle's property. Everyone searches, no one finds her. However, it is almost impossible to explain the creepiness found in this book. The writing style is so different from almost anything else out there. You don't want to know what these characters are thinking, but you can't stop reading. This is a really interesting book from an exciting new voice.
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Savages by Don Winslow
Savages

Larry Robinson, August 16, 2010

Middling Don Winslow is still better than many other mystery writers, but that's the highest praise that I can give to this one. I had very high hopes but in the end I wasn't impressed. Through much of the book Winslow writes as if he is presenting poetry. Maybe he thinks he is the poet laureate of the mystery, but it just comes off as being kind of goofy. Chopping sentences in places that don't make sense just seems like you're trying to be cute. Sorry, not his best. If want to read his best, and you should, try The Dawn Patrol, The Gentlemen's Hour, The Winter of Frankie Machine, or The Power Of The Dog.
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The Song Is You (Random House Reader's Circle) by Arthur Phillips
The Song Is You (Random House Reader's Circle)

Larry Robinson, August 16, 2010

I had read great reviews of this book when it was first released, but I didn't get around to reading it until a recent vacation. Take my word on this, you don't want to wait two years to get to it. This is a wonderful story that evokes so many emotions. Bizarely, it is a wonderful love story about two people who never meet. It is also a great treatise on the power of music. It's a love letter to New York. And, not least of all, it is so well written. I cna't recommend this book highly enough.
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Gentlemen's Hour by Don Winslow
Gentlemen's Hour

Larry Robinson, August 16, 2010

This great follow up to The Dawn Patrol brings the original cast of characters together again, if not physically, then in spirit. Boone Daniels has once again taken on a case that displeases many. Ufortunately, this time it's his best fiends that are angry. Boone has agreed to help the defense team in the case of a wealthy teenager who is accused of killing a local surfing legend. Of course there is more to the story than anyone knows, but that doesn't makes Boone's job any easier. At the risk of losing his best friends forever, Boone forges ahead with unexpected results.

If you are looking for some great mysteries that evoke the iconic Southern California surf scene, you can't do any better than the novels of Don Winslow.
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The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski
The Wheelman

Larry Robinson, August 16, 2010

This is a non-stop thrill ride through the mean streets of Philly. When a bank robbery goes horribly wrong, it's obvious that someone inside our merry band of thieves has cut his own deal. Mix in crooked cops, politicians, and even more bad guys and your got a rip roaring story. Great escapist entertainment.
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