What a great week or two of new arrivals – my bookshelf is toppling over with the weight 🙂 Among these some great Australian women writers…now where to start? Any recommendations?
Elvis Cole #17
Simon & Schuster
It seemed like a simple case before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it’s because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she’s afraid he’s dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he’s been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.
They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won’t make any difference.
Elvis Cole #17!!! How is it that I have only just been introduced to Robert Crais? Pleased to meet you by the way Robert.
Despite being book 17 in this series it was easy to read this as a standalone, but you won’t want to do that such is the calibre of the writing, the realistic characterisations, the dialogue – witty, a little self-deprecating at time. Robert are you sure you are not really an Australian? You share our trade mark sense of humour.
The plot is twisty and fast paced, the villains are ice cold mercenaries, and our heroes are…everything you could possibly want…
If I had to use one word to describe this read I would loudly proclaim SATISFYING!!!! Now to find the first sixteen books in the Elvis Cole series.
There is nothing better than discovering a fantastic new to you author unless it is the discovery of said author’s backlist to feast on.
This is always such a difficult decision to make but the best thing to do is just start, start listing… here goes; in no particular order my best Crime Fiction/Thriller/Mystery reads of 2017 are:
Did any of these make it on to your reading shelves last year? There were so many great reads last year the list could have gone on an on.
A busy book receiving week. I have already had a sneak peek at a couple of the titles here; Anatomy Of A Scandal captures the epitome of Entitlement, Maggie’s Recipes For Life is a new favourite, Salt Fat Acid Heat – is a book that will be on my best of list for 2017, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one I am really looking forward to reading, The Wanted – Robert Crais has been on my want to read list forever, really looking forward to this one. Fallow looks intriguing, I Love You In Five Languages is delightful, The Hangman appeals, The Collector – psychological thrillers are my favourite type of read, The Secret Vineyard – set in our very own Margaret River, The Book of Summer – a dual timeline read. Where to begin? Any of your favourites here?
The Burden of Lies
A Peter Tanner Thriller
Simon & Schuster Australia
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.
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?
Force of Nature
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?
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.