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Prince of Thieves: A Novel by Chuck Hogan
Prince of Thieves: A Novel

techeditor, January 25, 2015

PRINCE OF THIEVES by Chuck Hogan is an excellent story of four thieves, with Doug as the prince among them; the victim Doug falls in love with; the FBI agent who pursues all five of them, maybe confusing his mutual attraction to the victim with his duty; and the Boston town they live in. How could anyone rate this as anything less than a five-star novel?

At first this book seems too detailed when it describes the bank heist. But soon you will discover that this is necessary to understanding how and why Doug is the prince. Not only is he the brains behind their plans, he is also the compassionate one who feels responsible for the other three and for the innocent victims.

This is an unputdownable book. If I could find a Web site or Facebook page with Hogan's contact information, I would tell him so.
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Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
Don't Go

techeditor, January 20, 2015

It is always a welcome change when Lisa Scottoline comes out with a standalone novel, a departure from her Rosato and Associates series. But DON'T GO didn't thrill me as her other legal thrillers have. Every plot twist is predictable.

The problem is not so much, as other readers say, that a lot of subject matter is contained in too small a book. Rather, everything in this book hints at how it will turn out. Nothing is a surprise.

In all fairness, I still suggest that you check out Scottoline's Facebook page. You should fall in love with her. Her daily entries tell you she cares about her readers. That makes it difficult to be honest about this book. But, thank goodness, I can also honestly say that her other books I've read are better.
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

techeditor, January 15, 2015

I want to stand and applaud Karen Joy Fowler for this outstanding book, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSESLVES. If you love animals, you want to read this. Or if you appreciate great writing and observations about the human condition, with psychological analysis throughout, you want to read this.

How to review this book without spoiling the first quarter of it? All other reviews that I read give it away, and I wished as I read it that I didn't already know but could have discovered or guessed it as the author intended. So I'm not going to say. But I urge you to avoid other reviews, even the book flap, and to pay close attention whenever the sister is mentioned.

This story is narrated by Rosemary as an adult, telling of growing up with her parents, brother, Lowell, and her sister, Fern. What an extraordinary life they lead! While this is not a book of humor, Rosemary's (Fowler's) descriptions are told with wit and intelligence. You'll enjoy every bit of this, and it might make you cry.
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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Children Act

techeditor, January 11, 2015

THE CHILDREN ACT deserves a high rating because it has beautiful sentences and paragraphs, as do all Ian McEwan books. Here, he puts them together for a short look at a high-profile judge. While some of her interesting court cases are described, the reader also learns she is almost 60, childless, and going through a minor (or major, depending on how you look at it) crisis with her husband.

One of her high-profile court cases involves a 17-year-old leukemia patient who needs a blood transfusion, which is forbidden by his and his parents' religion, Jehovah's Witness. The judge's decision is a life or death one.

I may need to reread this book and then rereview it. It's ending was trying to tell me something that I didn't get. I hate to admit that.
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The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
The Jury Master

techeditor, January 8, 2015

I'm so happy to have discovered Robert Dugoni. That's how I put it ("discovered") when I read a book by an author I was unfamiliar with and do not expect to love it but do. That's what happened when I read Dugoni's latest (then) in his David Sloane series. I was so happy to learn that was a series and there were more. So I read another and, now, another. This one, THE JURY MASTER, is, I believe, the first in the series. And I love it, too, all but the end, that is.

Sloane is a man with with no family, brought up in a series of foster homes. He is now a successful lawyer who has an extraordinary ability to convince a jury to find in his client's favor, even when evidence points to his client's guilt. But with the death of a man, a stranger, who called Sloane and mailed a mysterious package to him, he decides he must learn what the man wanted and "find himself," figure out the meaning of a persistent dream.

That "dream" part sounds corny, I know, but it honestly isn't. In Dugoni's hands, Sloane's dream along with his experiences and all the criminal politics at the presidential level are believable. Until Chapter 86, Dugoni really had me, he grabbed me and didn't let go. But Chapter 86 needs a rewrite.

If I told you about Chapter 86, I'd spoil Chapters 1 through 85 for you. And they're so good, I won't do that. Don't skip to Chapter 86 to see what I call corny to the nth degree. Read and enjoy the 85 chapters, and believe me that Sloane is not corny in later books. He's not a saint, but you'll love him.
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