The Western Star by Craig Johnson

The Western Star by Craig Johnson; 2017; $28.00; 295 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0525-42695-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 12/6/17-12/11/17

Why did I read this?  I read a review and several people I know have recommended the series.

This book serves as the most current events in the series and an introduction to the series at the same time.  Walt Longmire is sheriff revisting one of his old cases as the story begins, the case is one from the very beginning of his career and his  relationship with his mentor and the other sheriffs of the state.  It involves a serial killer and many levels of deception from friends and enemies and even frenemies.  I am looking forward to reading more from Craig Johnson.

Grade A

 

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line, A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child; 2017; $28.99; 368 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59348-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 11/21/17-11/23/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read every book in the series and enjoy reading them.

Reacher gets off a bus, walks past a pawn shop and sees a West Point class ring in the window.  He buys it and searches for the owner of the ring to return it.  It puts him right in the middle of two of today’s biggest issues, treatment of disable veterans and the opiod epidemic. As he gets the bad guys to play tag and name the next step of the ladder he puts himself and the allies he picks up in harms way.  But they don’t mind because the ring belongs to a family member of one and the other one is also on the side of right.

Grade A

 

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power, An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates; 2017; $28.00; 367 pages; One World, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59056-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 11/9/17-11/21/17

Why did I read this?  Because every white person in the United States ought to.  I had read Mr. Coates previous and was moved by it.  So I will read whatever he writes. I know little about African American history and want to learn more.

There were eight years of good Negro government at the end of the Civil War before Jim Crow became the law of the land.  There were eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency before Jim Crow grew stronger.  Ta-Nehisi Coates draws parallels between those two eight year periods in a series of essays he wrote for The Atlantic during the Obama years.  Some of the things that he points out caused me to face palm and say really, others brought even more disbelief.  If you don’t believe there are still racist in the United States or that there is systemic racism here you probably don’t want to read this.  If you want to get outside your comfort zone read this.

Grade A+

Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell

Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell; 2016; $27.00; 388 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-18423-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, St Johns; 1/9/17-1/12/17

Why did I read this? I really like this series and author.  The main character, Mallory, is deeply flawed and yet immensely committed to the fight for right.

Mallory and her cast of characters are involved in a homicide and kidnapping after four bodies sans hearts are dumped on the front door of Gracie Mansion, home of the New York City Mayor.  There is a young blind boy missing and Mallory and the other cops must find him before he becomes the killers next victim.  As with any Mallory story there are many levels operating all at once, which is what makes the books so compelling.

Grade A