absolute power and all that entails

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.

Grade 10/10

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.

strange way to deliver a message

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.

Grade-10/10

Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope

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.

 

Will Kate meet Stephanie, please God no!

job

The Job, A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg; 2014; $28.00; 289 pages; Bantam Books, New York, NY; 978-0-345-54312-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Holgate; 3/26/15-3/27/15

Why did I pick this up?  Because I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare and her partner international con man and art thief Nick Fox team up again to bring down a high profile cartel boss.  Using a crew that we are getting familiar with they first have to find him, since he has disappeared among rumors that he has completely changed his appearance.  He has surrounded himself with a crew including one very bad assed woman as his bodyguard.  The team first has to lure him out of hiding and play on his interest and vanities to take him down and destroy him financially.  The chemistry between Nick and Kate is really great as are the supporting characters.

Did I enjoy it?  If you want me to read or watch something tell me there is a elaborate heist and/or con involved and you have hooked me.

Grade A

What is with the title of the book?  Janet Evanovich is also the author of a series of novels starring a character named Stephanie Plum.  After twenty some books (which are all essentially the same) Stephanie hasn’t grown at all as a character, I hope the same fate doesn’t befall Kate and Nick.

An old recipe makes something new

LOCK IN by John Scalzi; 2014; $24.99;336 pages;  A Tom Doherty Associates Book, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-7586-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 12/20/14-12/23/14

Many people around the world are locked in their bodies due to a disease called Hadens.  They are not comatose but there minds are still active, technology has been developed that allows them to move about in the real world.  One way is in a threep, or a personal transport device, think Robocop or any other metallic personage.  Another way is to integrate into another person who has been specially trained to accommodate your mind alongside yours while you enjoy the physical sensations they can provide.  Now throw in murder, a rookie FBI agent who has Hadens, an older more experienced FBI agent who is damaged goods and a conspiracy and you have the story.

Grade-A

Did I like it?  Yes, it was an interesting take on a familiar story, all of the characters were three dimensional.  It was an interesting combination of genres.

What is with the title of the review?  There are many familiar ingredients here but the meal was stunning and new.