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The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Dark Tide

mike draper, June 3, 2009

Charles Friedman runs a hedge fund with some questionable clients. On a day he takes the Metro from his home in Greenwich, CT into Manhattan, terrorists blow up the train.
The same day there is a hit and run in Greenwich and the victim has Charles' name and cell phone number in his pocket.
Karen tries to brave things out for her two children but she is threatened by two men looking for a large amount of money her husband mishandled. Then she is watching an anniversary rews report of the bombing and sees her husband leaving the train station covered with soot. However, it is when her daughter is threatened by one of the two men that Karne asks for help. Lt. Ty Hauck of the Greenwich, PD decides to take a leave of absense and give the case his full attention.
Andrew Gross does a wonderful job with building the drama and creating tension in this novel. I highly recommend it and it gets my vote for Thriller of the Year.
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The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
The Bodies Left Behind

mike draper, May 24, 2009

A nice story for a summer read.
There's a home invasion at a vacation home. Before the homeowner completes his 911 call, he's cut off.
The police send their nearest officer to help, Det. Brynn McKenzie.
Brynn finds a bad scene and one vacationer apparently escaped from killers. Since the other vacationer shoots out the tires of the killer's car, they have no way to leave so decide to do away with the witnesses, Brynn and the other woman, Michelle, an apparently wealthy co worker who is untrained in hiding in the mountains.
The story is a cat and mouse affair with the two women evading the killers again and again. It almost brings the reader to ask what can happen next.
Deaver keeps the pace going strongly and provides a few plot surprises to keep the reader's interest.
Bring it on vacation and you'll enjoy.
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Darkness Peering by Alice Blanchard
Darkness Peering

mike draper, May 1, 2009

14 year old Melissa D'Agostino, and mentally retarded, is murdered. Her body is found at the bottom of a run off in a cow pasture. Police Chief Nalen Storrow, or Flowering Dogwood, Me. is in charge.

Nalen is deeply troubled. He had moved from a city police force to his current job for his family's security. He feels like a crime like this shouldn't happen in his quiet town. He is also protective about his 9 year old daughter, Rachel. Additionally, he is afraid that his 18 year old son Billy might be involved in the killing. The first part of the novel ends with Nalen attempting to deal with his mounting stress.

Eighteen year go by. Rachel is now a detective on the job and decides to reopen the still unsolved crime.

Billy is now a teacher's aide in a school for blind and special needs students. The students love both Billy and his main classroom teacher, Claire Castillo. However Claire feels compelled to tell Billy that his approach to a sixteen year old female student should be changed because the student although special needs is still a young woman and might misunderstand.

Billy and Claire begin a relationship outside of the classroom when Claire disappears. Rachel investigates, Billy is once again a suspect.

Blanchard has written a thought provoking novel. Her dealing with the disabled children is intelligent and enlightening. Rachel is well drawn as a character.

Towards the end of the novel, when the reason behind the murderer's actions are revealed, I would have liked a better resolution. However, I feel that Blanchard was giving a lesson that in life, all things do not have satisfactory endings and justice does not always prevail.

Highly recommended.

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Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis Mysteries) by Libby Fisc Hellmann
Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis Mysteries)

mike draper, April 25, 2009

Do you think that your children are safe at their high school just because they aren't getting into trouble?

Georgia Davis is hired by Ruth Jordan to find evidence to show that her brother, Cam, who is Autistic, did not murder the teenage girl he is accused of killing.

Enter the high school world where snobbery, cliques, peer pressure and greed provide a setting that is behind Sara Long's murder.

Law enforcement agencies are pusing for a quick guilty finding for Cam but when Davis, a former Northbroo, Il. police officer, now PI, begins her investigation we find that things are not what they seem. There are teenagers who are conducting a hazing at the Forest Preserve, including the DA's daughter. Could she, or Sara's best friend Lauren have been part of the incident that caused Sara's death?

The parents are oblivious to what their daughters are up to and don't want Georgia to interfere with their lives. We discover a part of society which exists where teenagers are left to their own and what can happen when parents feel that as long as their chaildren aren't using drugs, they should be left alone.

This is a well told story, Georgia does have flaws but continues her search. Plot surprises happen and the reader scratches their heads for the direction the story heads. It privides a lesson that perhaps parents should pay more attention to what their children are doing and not to just accept what their children say but to become more involved in their lives.

Nice job.
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In the Dark
In the Dark

mike draper, April 19, 2009

Billingham's first stand alone novel begins with five teenagers driving around London, seemingly looking for a victim to shoot in a gang initiation.

A woman sees the teenagers car without its lights on and flicks hers, not knowing that this is how the gangs choose their victims, this sets off the events that follow. The car crashes into a bus stop and off duty police officer Paul Hopwood is killed.

Paul's girlfriend, Helen Weeks, is also a police officer. Her child is almost due and she decides that the manner that she can deal with her grief is to find the answers behing Paul's death.

Three investigations are then underway. Helen's unofficial search, the police search and the underworld community that felt that Paul was a friend. This group is led by Frank Linnell who has the contacts to make things happen.

This is an intelligent story that is told from three points of view, Helen's, the guilt ridden teenager who fired the shots and Frank Linnell.

Members of the gang are found and things happen to them. The reader sees that these are just teenagers who fell to the temptation of joining a gang and what results can happen after this decision is made.

The plot led story is very well done and heads toward an expected ending when Billingham gives the reader a surprise that no one could see coming.

This writer continues to impress.

Highly recommended!

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