Library Gold

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I found some serious gold on the New Book shelf at my local library.  I returned Flood and Crisscross and checked out the New Book shelves before heading down to the fiction and mystery section.  I returned Crisscross, although I hadn't gotten too far into it, for a couple of reasons. It is the ninth (I think) book in the "Repairman Jack" series, and the first few chapters did plenty of referencing back to the last few books.  And it was yet another New York City book.  After reading the last Reacher book, as well as Flood, both set in NYC, I just couldn't face another one.  As a Boston Boy, it was NYC overload and I needed a break.  I'll request the first of the "Repairman Jack" novels, The Tomb, some day soon and start from the beginning.  My girls can read their Magic Treehouse series willy-nilly, but I need to read a series from the beginning.

The special I uncovered was The One From The Other by Philip Kerr.  His Berlin Noir trilogy was perahps the finest set of mystery/noir books I've ever read.  In fact, it is one of the few books to have stuck with me through a whole set of moves and I pulled it up from a downstairs bookshelf.  I think I may have to re-read it, and then jump into TOFTO.  Kerr is a really good writer.  Berlin Noir includes three books with Inspector Bernie Gunther, who is is private investigator in Berlin just as Nazi Germany fell.  March Violets, The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem comprise the trilogy and the writing, setting and characters are completely unforgetable. It is a seriously wonderful trilogy.  He followed that up with A Philosophical Investigation, which is a bizarre and engrossing mystery, set in the future, IIRC.  Other books I've read by him include The Grid (about a modern building that turns deadly), Esau (a wild ape gets civilized), A Five-Year Plan (an incredibly funny crime caper) The Second Angel (an amazing book about a blood disease), and The Shot (a cool thriller about a killer forced to assinate JFK).  As you can see, he is incredibly versatile and can write in just about any genre.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to meeting Gunther again!

I also tracked down a new author mentioned in the Boston Sunday Globe this week that I hadn't heard of before.  Tim Dorsey was compared favorably with Carl Hiassen, who is a favorite of mine (although his last couple have felt tired), so I grabbed his second novel, Hammerhead Ranch Motel.  Another author mentioned in the paper was Val McDermid. The book reviewed, The Grave Tatoo, "doesn't meet the standards McDermid set for herself with previous novels like A Place of Execution," so I grabbed Execution instead.

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Place of Execution is excellent, her new book would have to be pretty amazing to match up to it.  Definitely on the darker end of the mystery spectrum though.

I had never heard of her before the review in the Globe on Sunday, so I'm looking forward to the book.

I think I read one of the Berlin books a while back but never moved on to the others.  Something I'll have to revisit....  I've read a couple of McDermid's too.  They're pretty good.  But, if you're a mystery fan, there are just so many good ones to keep up with!

Yup, there sure are a lot of them out there! I'm looking forward to trying out McDermid.

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