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One Step Behind (Kurt Wallender Mystery)
One Step Behind (Kurt Wallender Mystery)
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 9 Nov 2003
'One Step Behind' by Mankell is a fantastic read which I will recommend to anyone. This is another installment in the Detective Wallander series, and Mankell has clearly flourished into a much more accomplished writer and teller of crime fiction than he was when he first started out.
In One Step Behind, we follow Wallander as he investigates a Midsummer's Eve murder and the murder of a fellow policeman. The chase is riveting, and fast-paced, and the main character comes so close to the killer many times but each time just misses. This makes for exciting reading. What's more is that everything is believable, and the novel is not written in an overhyped Hollywood-script type way.
This is a very enjoyable read, and I recommend it to all fans of this genre. Let's hope Mankell will flourish even more, and join the elite of the crime fiction ranks.


Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Practice
Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Practice
by Lynne Pepall
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good text, 27 Oct 2003
This text on industrial organisation is a very good text, and an ideal starting point for those new to this topic. It discusses the basic concepts very well, and provides many examples and illustrations.
The only drawback that I would highlight is that sometimes the example are a little too specific, and the explanations of theory are sometimes based solely on these examples. This makes it harder for the student who is revising, and wants to learn the general application of certain ideas.


A Primer in Game Theory
A Primer in Game Theory
by Prof Robert Gibbons
Edition: Paperback
Price: 51.99

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 27 Oct 2003
This is perhaps the best text that is out there on game theory, at least for undergraduates. It's a short text, which is written in an easily understood way, which is highly coherent. There is a lot of mathematics, but is explained thoroughly, so should be easy to follow.
The best feature of this book is the many game theoretic applications that are provided. This games are particular useful when applied to both Microeconomic and Macroeconomic theory, so this book has a lot to offer.


Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory
by Andreu Mas-Colell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 35.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 27 Oct 2003
This review is from: Microeconomic Theory (Paperback)
A very good text, suitable for undergraduates in their final 2 years of their degree. This is much more advanced than other texts, and draws upon a lot of mathematics, so be prepared for this. Is especially good for game theory and contracts, as well as other topics.


Modern Econometrics: An Introduction
Modern Econometrics: An Introduction
by Mr Leighton Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 52.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text, 27 Oct 2003
For those who are just getting used to the wonderful (and difficult) world of econometrics, Thomas's book is a great starting point. He works his wat through from the basics such as probability distributions and statistical inference, and builds up to harder concepts such as multiple regressions and testing for stationarity. The book is littered with many examples as well, which help when undertaking statistical analysis yourself.


Advanced Macroeconomics (Mcgraw-Hill Advanced Series in Economics)
Advanced Macroeconomics (Mcgraw-Hill Advanced Series in Economics)
by David H. Romer
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 27 Oct 2003
This is an excellent text, suitable for undergraduates in the final 2 years of their degree. This book is more advanced in its theory than other macro texts, such as Mankiw. Romer focuses mainly on the Solow model, RBC theory, alternate business cycle theory, consumption, investment, unemployment and inflation. The book is especially useful for those looking for the mathematics behind the models.


Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics
by N. Gregory Mankiw
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars So-so, 27 Oct 2003
This review is from: Macroeconomics (Hardcover)
This is an important book for undergraduates, simply because there are not too many alternatives. Mankiw succeeds in giving the basic overview on topics such as growth, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and government policy, but only in a limited sense.
There are several serious flaws in the book too: he ignores many important points, and often confuses the analysis, especially between the short run and the long run.
So by all means, use this book as a starting point, but be critical of it. For a more technical and advanced text, see Advanced Macroeconomics by Romer.


Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach
Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach
by Hal R Varian
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Oct 2003
An excellent book, suitable for all standards at university levels. This book is especially good at describing the core theory, with its basic principles and assumptions. So if ever you are lost whilst undertaking a complex and advanced research, you can easily refer back to this book for a look at the basic theoretical understandings.


Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross)
Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross)
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless!, 27 Oct 2003
The Alex Cross novels have all along been very good reads, but in 'Cat and Mouse' Patterson takes 'good' to 'great'. Cat and Mouse is really two stories going on in one.
On the one hand we have the final showdown between Alex Cross and Gary Soneji. And on the other hand, Cross must find the new serial killer, nicknamed Mr. Smith.
Without wishing to give anything away, this story quite simply has the best twist that I've ever read in my time. When you come to the twist, you will be left both stunned and shocked. It's not one of those turns which is too far-fetched to be true, but a twist which is delivered skillfully and masterfully. When I reached the turn, I was left speechless for several hours, and couldn't quite comprehend what had happened.
So clearly, if I haven't driven home the point...you must read this book, and preferably by reading 'Along Came a Spider' and 'Kiss the Girls' first.


Kiss the Girls
Kiss the Girls
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, 27 Oct 2003
This review is from: Kiss the Girls (Paperback)
Kiss the Girls is the second installment in the Alex Cross series. This time, there are two killers, both on different sides of the country. Yet both seem to share many features, and at times seem to be killing in tandem.
This is another fantastic Alex Cross novel, who is drawn into the case personally, due to his relative being kidnapped by one of the killer's, nicknamed Casanova. Some of the killing is brutal, and some of the findings quite gruesome, but it makes for a scintillating read.
And what's more, is that Gary Soneji from the first book 'Along Came a Spider' is still on the loose.


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