Post Script: The Burden of Lies – Richard Beasley

The Burden of Lies

The Burden of Lies

A Peter Tanner Thriller

Richard Beasley

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925368154

 

Description:

Cocaine. Construction. Corruption.

The unholy trinity of Sydney.

 

Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business.

 

When maverick lawyer Peter Tanner is brought in to represent Tina, he bends the law to learn the truth. Was the real killer employed by the bank to silence Randall, who knew too much about their corrupt clientele and business dealings?

 

As Tanner digs deeper the truth is harder and harder to find. Drug dealers and dodgy cops are a breed apart from corrupt corporate bankers, who’ll do anything to keep their names in the clear.

 

Who really silenced Randall? Tanner gets more than he bargained for as he tangles with craven bent banks and a client who can’t talk, and danger lurks far too close to home.

 

Bestseller Richard Beasley’s latest sharp-edged, gritty Peter Tanner thriller.

 

My View:

An outstanding read!

On my copy (and advanced readers issue) of this novel the cover has a stamp that says “If you love Michael Connelly you’ll love Richard Beasley” and as many of you have realised I am a big fan of Michael Connelly – how true this  declaration turned out to be! Like Connelly, Beasley characterisations are the strong foundation the narrative is built on. As with Bosch, you will fall in love with Peter Tanner; his wit, humour, sarcasm, self-doubts, his, at times outrageous (but truthful) courtroom frustrations and unfiltered comments…brilliant. Bosch and Tanner – both dedicated, passionate about their vocations, both mavericks who play by their own rules.

 

Loved every minute of this complex, twisty yet credible plot, loved the courtroom drama, loved the characters, and loved Peter Tanner!

I predict we will see this on the small screen sometime soon. My only conundrum – trying to work out who I think would make a great on screen Peter Tanner. Any suggestions?

 

 

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Post Script: Force of Nature – Jane Harper

Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Jane Harper

 Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781743549094

Description:

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

 

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

 

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – in just a matter of days she was to provide the documents that will bring down the company she works for.

 

Falk discovers that far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. But does it include murder?

 

 

My View:

I think I created a problem in my own mind when I kept comparing this book to The Dry – a book I absolutely loved. Force of Nature is  Jane Harper’s second book in the FPA Aaron Falk series and whilst the protagonist is the same character, he is back in a more reflective way  – I feel his story here is one of healing, the crimes in the narrative forming a backdrop to Falk’s inner turmoil that is resolving/ healing as the pages turn. Whilst I did enjoy this read, the tempo was much slower than I had anticipated.

 

Further  I could not but help thinking Belanglo State Forest and the infamous Milat crimes each time I turned a page, I don’t know if this was an unintentional or intentional memory that the author was using to build drama – but it didn’t work for me – maybe the association was too fresh in my mind, too well known?

 

Despite the slower pace this was an enjoyable but not a breathtaking read.  I do however look forward to seeing the next journey the author takes the protagonist on.

 

Post Script: Two Kinds of Truth – Michael Connelly

Two Kinds of Truth

Two Kinds of Truth

Michael Connelly

Allen & Unwin Australia

ISBN: 781760630775

 

Description:

Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly

 

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

 

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

 

The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

 

 

My View:

A night in with Harry Bosch is never disappointing. This is a dual storyline narrative – one a cold case that has returned to bite Harry on the … and one a terrible crime that is set in current times (a crime that sheds light on serious, complex, social and criminal issues) this aspect of the narrative is very illuminating and the crimes frightening in there ease of execution.

 

The cold case is a riddle about how not who – because of course we never doubt Harry. Join Harry in solving the riddle, cheer him on, we readers will never give up on you Harry. The reason I love this series so much is all about the characters; the characters that reach out to you, that befriend you, confide in you, characters’ whose journeys you share and look forward to.

 

More please Mr Connelly.

 

Post Script: Broken Bones: DI Kim Stone #7 – Angela Marsons

Broken Bones

 

Broken Bones

D I Kim Stone Book 7

Angela Marsons

Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786813022

 

Description:

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

 

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

 

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

 

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

 

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

 

A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

 

 

My View:

The short and the oh so sweet – if you are a fan of DI Kim Stone (and if you’re not you should be) this is without doubt the best in the series thus far.   At book six I thought there was nowhere left for this author to write her character that hadn’t already been explored or plot line already wrapped up – I was wrong! This book is brilliant and has a deserving place on my Best of 2017 reads.

 

 

 

 

Date Night

Got a date with a very special protagonist tonight – Harry Bosch

 Two Kinds of Truth

Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

 

Post Script: Insidious Intent – Val McDermid

Insidious Intent

Insidious Intent

Val McDermid

Hachette Australia

Little, Brown

ISBN: 9781408709337

 

Description:

In Insidious Intent, Tony and Carol are on the hunt for a serial killer who victimizes women at weddings without a date–and forces the duo to confront their most haunting moral dilemma so far.

 

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away–only to leave the victims’ bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate–but this may be the toughest case they’ve ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

 

 

My View:

This a very, very surprising read! There are the usual main characters that you have come to know and love, the horrendous crimes you expect to find in a Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series but what you won’t expect is the ending. I could not believe my eyes when I read the last few chapters! Incredible! What an impact!!! And then there is a personal note form Val McDermid.

 

 

letter

YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!

 

Post Script: Y Is For Yesterday – Sue Grafton

Y is for Yesterday

Y is for Yesterday

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Sue Grafton

ISBN: 9781447260233

 

Description:

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

 

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

 

 

My View:

This episode is the standout in the series- PI fiction doesn’t get much better than this. I wonder what Z will offer?

This episode in the Kinsey Millhone private investigator series is action packed, tension filled and takes us on a different journey with Kinsey – a journey where she is apprehensive (and rightly so we soon discover) and not in control of events surrounding her.

The narrative is told from a dual time frame perspective – and the events of the past are harrowing and cast a shadow that eventually reaches Kinsey in the current time, in her current job.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode – the action is intense and the crimes of the past are horrific yet told with a subtleness that actually reinforces the darkness of the crime, the perpetrator vile in his manipulative behaviours – the perfect picture of a sociopath.  The revenge crimes in the present – are not so subtle, worrying and will keep you turning pages. A great read!

I can’t wait for Z – unless that means an end to the series?