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Penn Cage Novels #04: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Penn Cage Novels #04: Natchez Burning

techeditor, October 1, 2015

Although NATCHEEZ BURNING is fiction, much of it is based on actual cases involving racial crimes in Louisiana and Mississippi during the 1960s. Add the typical Greg Iles style with thrills and suspense, and this book is a winner.

Penn Cage, a lawyer and mayor of Natchez, Mississippi, must save his father after he is accused of murder not once but twice. Natchez and close-by areas are full of corrupt characters, including city and state officials and even senior citizens.Penn is sometimes at odds with his fiance, Caitlin, an ambitious newspaper reporter and publisher who wants to write the story of these people and expose their crimes dating back to the 1960s to the present. Of course, Penn and Caitlin become personally involved and subject to (too much) violence.

Penn and several of the other characters in this book are continued from three previous books. But NATCHEZ BURNING is also the first in a trilogy. And the end does leave questions unanswered to be continued, I assume, in the second book.

This thriller is good but not unputdownable. It deserves high ratings because of its basis on real cases.
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Criminal Enterprise (Stevens and Windermere Novel) by Owen Laukkanen
Criminal Enterprise (Stevens and Windermere Novel)

techeditor, September 3, 2015

I initially read CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE only because its author, Owen Laukkanen, is to be part of a panel of authors I will be seeing at a book festival later this month. Turns out, though, this book is very good; I enjoyed it so much it made me put off doing things, such as sleeping, in favor of reading. I even suspect that Laukkanen kept the book's chapters short so that his readers could convince themselves they could read just one more little chapter.

Seriously, Laukkanen's two- and three-page chapters added to the feeling that so much was happening in a really short time. A regular guy turned bank robber to preserve his family's swank lifestyle, then turned murderer, and finally turned psycho. He is pursued first by Carla Windermere of the FBI. Then, by coincidence, Kirk Stevens, a state investigator, gets involved. Apparently, the same two characters are also partners in an earlier book, THE PROFESSIONALS.

But, although CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE is the second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone (one sign of good writing). I had no trouble. I did, however, wish I had read the first in this series simply because I enjoyed the second so much.
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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Cop Town

techeditor, August 27, 2015

What a pleasant surprise! I had read another book by Karin Slaughter so thought I knew what to expect. But COP TOWN impressed me more.

It is 1974. Kate is a new policewoman on the Atlanta Police Force. There aren't many other women, and all the men seem to be rednecks with redneck attitudes about women, blacks, Jews, homosexuals, etc.

Maggie is a five-year veteran on the Atlanta Police Force. She and Kate drive together for Kate's first few days. Police have been under attack by some unknown person, "The Shooter." Maggie and Kate, of course, get involved.

The plot, characters, and dialog in this novel are great. Altogether, they make an unputdownable book.
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Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
Ruin Falls

techeditor, August 16, 2015

If you liked Jenny Milchman's first book, COVER OF SNOW, and even if you didn't, you should like this, her second book, RUIN FALLS. I didn't read other reviews, though. If you read reviews before you read the book, you're taking the chance that something written may spoil the suspense you might have enjoyed discovering on your own.

So, to make a long story short in order not to give away what isn't mine to give, another resident of Wedeskyll finds herself in another predicament. This is a standalone story, though. In this one, a woman's children have been kidnapped, and she looks for them herself rather than passively wait for others to do it for her.

That's all you need to know. You'll thank me later.
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As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman
As Night Falls

techeditor, August 8, 2015

AS NIGHT FALLS is Jenny Milchman's third book. Although I've read her first, I haven't read her second. It doesn't seem to matter if Milchman's books are read out of order. Each stands alone, even though the location and police are the same.

I liked Milchman's first book, COVER OF SNOW. I expected AS NIGHT FALLS to be just as good, but, SURPRISE, it's better. The story takes place (with several flashbacks) one evening (as night falls), one tense, seemingly endless evening.

Some would say they couldn't put the book down, they read it in one sitting. AS NIGHT FALLS really is that good, but let's be real: in the normal course of life, you have to put your book down, you have to get up to care for your children, answer the phone, clean the kitchen, whatever. But, I promise, when you put this book down, you will be anxious to pick it back up.

I also promise this if you are the type who reads in bed: you will fight sleep so you can read more, you will fall asleep with the book still open while you are in the middle of a paragraph, you will wake up and read more until you fall asleep til morning, only to forget the last couple pages that you read.

What a great book! I have only two problems with it that won't bother a less critical person.

First, Sandy's memory. Sandy is the wife and mother in this story. Without giving it away, I'll say only that I question her memory. I found it a little hard to swallow.

Second, some of the determinations made in this story are, I think, stupid. No examples because everything in AS NIGHT FALLS is better left a surprise.

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