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Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice
Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever, 13 Nov. 2014
Everything that Mr Bruen writes is wonderful. This short story revolves around Cooper - out of prison after a sentence for GBH - who also happens to be an armed bank robber.
He encounters a mysterious woman who becomes obsessed with him and seems intent on getting him at any cost.

Although a short story, the characters are fully rounder and the plot is both complex and absorbing.

Highly recommended


The Girl in 6E
The Girl in 6E
Price: £4.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and exciting, 19 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Girl in 6E (Kindle Edition)
I'll be honest, I doubt I'd have picked this book up in a shop based on the preview.....Alessandra Torre generally writes erotica and that's not my normal reading matter. This book came in a prize bundle and I've decided to read them all.
Deanna witnessed her own mother kill her father and siblings when she was 17. Deanna wasn't supposed to be there having been "spared" by her mother.
This event triggered a change in Deanna. She has homicidal thoughts and dreams of killing any person she comes in to contact with.
Scared of these thoughts - and having already killed once - she locks herself away in her apartment, seeing no one for 3 years. She makes her living by "camming", virtual online sex with paying customers.
One customer freaks her out with his fantasy about a young girl and when a girl with that name goes missing, Deanna realises she may have to face her demons to save the girl.

The premise of this book is really interesting and the central character's battles with her demons are well written. There are some graphic sexual references that are necessary considering her occupation and don't feel like they're included just for titillation.
The plot itself is clever enough and the characters are interesting and well written. We don't get back story on the side characters but that fits in with their roles in the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would read other thrillers by the author.


By Lawrence Block The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
By Lawrence Block The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
by Lawrence Block
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Spoons, buttons, bookshops and burglary. A wonderful mix, 9 Oct. 2014
This is the first Lawrence Block book I've read (I know, embarrassing huh!?) and I absolutely loved it. The book came as part of a prize bundle and I grabbed this one first after reading the plot summary.

Bernie Rhodenbarr is some-time bookshop owner (reminding me of the tv show Black Books in the approach to business!) and some-time burglar. This story sees Bernie involved in solving the sudden death of a wealthy lady returning from the opera and also a very involved plotline around the theft of spoons. Throw in some buttons (you'll need to read it!) and what you have is a very clever, very funny story that will leave you smiling long after you finish it.

I've now gone back to the first of the Bernie books to enjoy his earlier exploits.


Gutted (Gus Dury Book 2)
Gutted (Gus Dury Book 2)
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of crime, booze and dog-fighting!!, 9 Oct. 2014
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Gus Dury, everyone's favourite jakey ex-journalist-turned-investigator gets himself in to yet more trouble!!
Whilst on a stake-out to break up a badger-baiting ring, Gus stops a group of yobs torturing a dog and gets a hiding for his trouble. He wakes up covered in blood after stumbling in to the body of a recently-murdered member of one of the local gangs.

What follows is extraordinary as Gus battles corrupt cops, gangsters, mounting debts, his ex-wife and his own not-insubstantial drink problems.

Gus is an oddly likable character, despite his flaws, and Tony Black writes without ever asking for sympathy for the character.

As ever, the dialogue is heavy in the dialect of the Edinburgh area but that adds to the realism of the book.

I loved this and can't wait to start on the next one.


The Wolf: A Novel
The Wolf: A Novel
Price: £9.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gangster classic from the master of crime fiction, 9 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: The Wolf: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
The Wolf is a modern gangster story - post 9/11 - focusing on the battle between organised crime and the terrorist threat. This isn't a moral position from the mobsters but a way of protecting their business interests.

Vincent Marelli is The Wolf, effectively the head of his uncle's crime family and also in control of the International Crime Council that brings together most of the major crime families around the world.
Early in the book, Vincent's world is devastated by the deaths of his wife and two daughters in a terrorist attack. This sets him on a path to revenge that runs through the book, as he fights to retain control and garner the support of the other families.

As with all of Lorenzo's book (and I'm a big fan) there is a back story to pretty much every character. These aren't two-dimensional people and you get a sense of each of the main characters and what drives them.
The story moves along quickly, with plenty of twists and a lot of action. The chapters are short - another Lorenzo "trademark" - and much of it is told in the first-person and this gives the reader an insight in to the complex issues that drive a mob leader.

This is a great book, one that I couldn't put down until I'd finished it....always trying to find five or ten minutes to read some more.


The Last Tiger: A Novel
The Last Tiger: A Novel
Price: £3.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story, 10 Sept. 2014
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I've read lots of other books by Tony Black. He generally writes crime thrillers, mostly set in Edinburgh. This is a real departure.

12 year old Myko and his family flee Lithuania to escape the war and pay for carriage to America. Things don't go to plan and they land in Tasmania where life is tough and opportunities are few. Myko's father finds work on a sheep farm and life settles but there are constant stories of the fabled Tasmanian Tiger. This creature is feared and loathed by the farmers for taking their flock and anyone killing a tiger becomes an instant hero.
Myko is fascinated with the tigers and sees them as something beautiful, to be treasured. But when his father shoots one and becomes the official tiger-hunter it causes tension throughout the family.

This is a beautifully written story, told from Myko's viewpoint. The passion that Tony has for this story comes across in waves and I felt really drawn in to Myko's world as he fought to save the tigers. I've recommended this to as many of my friends as I can and the feedback has been universally positive.


Hama CD Wallet Nylon Holds 160 Black
Hama CD Wallet Nylon Holds 160 Black
Price: £13.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made and strong enough to do its job, 10 Sept. 2014
Well made and sturdy enough - more than some others I've previously purchased. Great value for money


Paying For It (Gus Dury Book 1)
Paying For It (Gus Dury Book 1)
Price: £4.35

5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty adventure set in the Edinburgh you've never seen before. Fabulous, 10 Sept. 2014
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Gus Dury is near-as-damn-it a "jakey". Once a good, well-regarded journalist he has withdrawn in to the bottle since being sacked for assaulting a Government Minister.
When Col, the landlord of his local, asks him to investigate his boys' death, Gus is drawn in to the local gangland complete with people-smuggling and murder.

Gus is, despite his many faults - alcoholism, a short temper - a good man. He's still haunted by the treatment doled out by his brutish father but he wants to do the best he can.

Tony Black's writing gives the reader a real sense of Edinburgh. Not the tourist side you may have seen but the Edinburgh inhabited by the drinkers and criminals. The Edinburgh dialect runs throughout the book (indeed, through all Tony's books) and really adds to the realism.

As soon as I'd finished this I bought and started on the second Dury book. Highly recommended for those who like their books to be "gritty"!


Starred Up [DVD]
Starred Up [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: £5.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars O'Connell is a rising star, 18 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Starred Up [DVD] (DVD)
Jack O'Connell is a superbly intense actor and this is rightly being described as the "new Scum". O'Connell reminds me a lot of Ray Winstone but I wonder if he has the range of the older man.
In Starred Up, Jack plays a young tearaway who - because of his violence in other institutions - is moved to an adult prison. There, he continues to cause trouble and the unexpected presence of his father - a hard man and enforcer on the wing - does little to calm his temper.
Well worth watching with some great performances.


The Barbershop Seven: A Barney Thomson omnibus
The Barbershop Seven: A Barney Thomson omnibus
Price: £1.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A murderous barber.....but not THAT one!, 24 July 2014
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Barney Thomson - barber extraordinaire, unwitting serial killer. These books are hilarious, a really great find that had me hooked from page one.
I'm not alone as Robert Carlyle will play Barney in the upcoming movie.
Definitely worth every penny and you'll have lots of laughs


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