A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey; 2018;$29.99; 290 pages; Flatiron Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-19245-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 8/2/18-8/6/18
Why did I read this? I heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and he seemed like a personable person with a sense of humor and a ethical style of leadership.
Comey had me in his authors’ note with this paragraph; “I don’t love criticism, but I know I can be wrong, even when I am certain I am right. Listening to others who disagree with me and are willing to criticize me is essential to piercing the seduction of certainty. Doubt, I’ve learned is wisdom. And the older I get, the less I know for certain. Those leaders who never think they are wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives, are a danger to the organizations and people they lead. In some cases, they are a danger to the nation and the world.”
He lays out his life and why he took certain steps in his life. Some had to do with being at gunpoint in his own home at the age of sixteen. Others had to with lessons he learned on how to be a boss from some people who leaders in places he worked early on. His belief in right and wrong and how to best be a boss are what made him a good boss. His belief that the law is right and that there are ethical and moral ways to do things brought him into conflict with those in office, in all three administrations that he served in.
What is with the title of the review? After having read this I can appreciate Comeys’ style of leadership and would be willing to work under and to strive and be this kind of leader.
Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope; 2018; $26.99; 323 pages; Minotaur Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-07288-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/25/18-4/25/18
Why did I read this? Because I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, so I will continue to read them.
A judge finds a Styrofoam cooler in his house, inside is a pair of fully clothed feet. Steps, who can see the aura (shine as the author calls it) that every person leaves behind. Steps and his FBI handler are assigned to the case and initially can’t identify the killer but are able to figure out who the victim is. They are able to backtrack and put two and two together and figure out who the killer is and figure out the motive for the feet that have been left in various people’s homes and they are able to find the killer and his latest victims. Meanwhile they have gathered more evidence about Leonardo, a serial killer that has attracted their attention. Steps is a unique hero with an outstanding supporting cast, I look forward to more from Spencer Kope.
What is with the title of the review? A serial killer that the task force has nicknamed Leonardo poses his victims as Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with the limbs pointing in a specific direction each time.
First Family by David Baldacci; 2009; $27.99;449 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-53975-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/30/18-4/2/18
Why did I read this? Because I enjoy David Baldacci’s books and am reading my way through his many series.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are contacted by the sister in law of the First Lady. When they arrive to meet with her, they find her dead, her husband knocked unconscious and one of their daughters missing. The action runs all over the southeast part of the United States and runs through the FBI, the Secret Service, the Oval Office, mailboxes, etc and the US Army and a vengeful old man. While King and Maxwell are investigating and dealing with a bunch of duplicitous people a tragedy befalls Michelle’s family. This tragedy ties up loose ends from the previous stories and gives us some insight into her character. This is another thriller from Baldacci that I look forward to reading more of.
What is with the title of the review? The story stretches to the highest point of the United Government and that power has corrupted those at the top.
The Fix, An Amos Decker Novel by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-455-8656-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 2/7/18-2/9/18
Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci’s book and am reading my way through his books. I really like this series, the Amos Decker series.
A man sees a clown, walks to the front of the Hoover building, shoots a woman in the back or the head and then kills himself. Amos Decker witnesses the crime and his unit is tasked to solve the crime. As Amos, Alex, Bogart and Milligan team up with Harper Brown of the DIA the investigation takes them in many different directions. Melvin Mars from the previous book shows up and works alongside the team. Amos, Alex and Melvin get involved with a cartel and gang in their neighborhood. There are so many twist and hidden agendas that you may get a little dizzy.
Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope; 2016; $25.99; 306 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-07287-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 8/9/16-8/10/16
Why did I read this? Because Chelsea Cain, Lisa Gardner and Phillip Margolin all recommended it and the main character is headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, where I have lived before and the author is also from there.
Imagine seeing peoples auras, not just when looking at them, but wherever they have been. He has acquired a reputation as a Human Bloodhound, making sure to use enough man tracking standard terminology and methods to ensure convictions. He is the main member of the FBI’s Special Tracking Unit, whose specialty is tracking serial killers. This story is about the sad face killer and the three main members of the team each contributes valuable insights into the solving of the the crimes. Even the supporting members of the team are individuals and pretty well rounded. This is an awesome debut thriller of a flawed hero, who uses his gift for good, but is racked with guilt over those he wasn’t able to save. Brad Thor and a couple of other thriller writers get nods throughout the story.
Grade-A, this was the epitome of a page turner, it came home and didn’t even turn the TV on but had to finish the story.