Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three Quick Reviews--A Death in Belmont, Peeper and Timeline

A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger

Very, very well-written.  I'm not always a fan of Junger, but this one was exceptionally well-done, and creepy because he was around DeSalvo when at a defenseless age.  And how was his mom to know?  I'm going to pick up his WAR at some point soon.

Peeper by Loren D. Estelman

Amusingly acerbic and depressing.  Often laugh-out-loud funny, though you'll be ashamed of yourself afterward.  Good writing and good mystery.  One of the first of the true loser anti-heroes of the genre, someone you actually like, not one of Cain's sociopaths.  Made me want to read more from writers like Elmore Leonard and Crumley, which led me to Robert B. Parker.

Timeline by Michael Crichton

As usual, a quick read, cardboard characters that are just names, and solid research that allows him to paint that world vividly.  Moustache-twirling villains are getting annoying.  Pure story, story, story.  Like King and Brown and a few others, Crichton gives the American Reader what he wants--not writing, but story.

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