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Istanbul Passage
Istanbul Passage
by Joseph Kanon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 20 Mar. 2014
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Whilst not quite up there with John Le Carre, Joseph Kanon is one of the better writers of spy fiction. He can create the claustrophobic atmosphere you would expect in a good spy fiction with believable characters you can empathise with. The plot twists are well though out and agreeably placed giving the story a nice pace. His knowledge of the city and it's history show throughout the novel as he nicely evokes post war Istanbul.


In a Lonely Place (Penguin Modern Classics)
In a Lonely Place (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Dorothy B. Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, 28 Aug. 2013
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This novel revolves the antics of Dix Steele a serial killer who out of hubris rekindles a friendship with one of the Detectives who is investigating his murders. Whilst the novel was made into a movie of the same name, the movie bares very little resemblance to the novel.

Dorothy B. Hughes is one of the hardboiled authors of the classic period. Whilst this novel may not have the wit of Chandler or the plotting of Hammett, it does however fall into the category of a psychological thriller, the pace maybe somewhat slow for some readers, and the character of a serial killer may not be as believable as say in Jim Thompson's Killer inside me. However, it is intelligently written in an intuitive and introspective sense even though the climax is flagged well in advance.


The Goodbye Look (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Goodbye Look (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ross Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Read, 1 Aug. 2012
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One of the masters of hard-boiled fiction provides us with a novel that is both intricately plotted with many twists and turns and full of well developed characters. this will help while away the hours of a rainy summer afternoon


The Drowning Pool (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Drowning Pool (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ross Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to Raymond Chandler, 21 July 2012
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Ross MacDonald's Archer shares a lot in common with Chandler's Marlowe; both centres around the doings of a Los Angeles private eye who see's the world through cynical and weary eyes but who nonetheless try their hardest to do some good for a naive and innocent underdog. Whilst MacDonald isn't quite up there when compared with Chandler's descriptive prose and witty dialogue, he still does sometimes come close, (how can anyone beat the master?). What you lose in one-liners you make up with in a well plotted novel and more rounded characters. Both of which aren't exactly Chandler's strengths.

However, the reader must be warned that MacDonald's Lew Archer novels do seem to be rather formulaic; for instance his novels usually include one or more of the following plot devises:
1) A wealthy family hiding a secret from the past which has come back to haunt them,
2) The head of the family is usually a dominatrix who has a strained relationship
with her sons and/or their daughter in laws,
3) A key character that turns out not to be the person he claims to be,
4) Another Key character with important clues who has a nervous breakdown and whose
doctor prevents Archer from questioning them,
5) A lawyer/Doctor who cannot disclose important Patient/Client information.

Some of these plot devices have been used in the Drowning pool. Never the less, it is still a gripping read with plenty of plot twists, which keep you guessing right to the end. If you want to escape to post war LA, then this will give you plenty hours of pleasure. You could almost smell the warm sea breeze coming from the ocean and imagine the palms gently swaying as you drive down the pacific coast highway.


Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khruschev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khruschev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
by Frederick Kempe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 14 Jun. 2012
An indept but well written diplomatic history of the cold war chess game played between Khruschev and Kennedy in the months leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall. It shows Kennedy to be a new and inexperienced President who was exploited by a mercurial and cunning Khruschev. It also deals not only with the international aspect, but also the internal politics of each superpower and it's allies. The book is meticulously researhed, drawing from sources recently made available from behind the Iron Curtain.For those with a General Interest in History, I highly recommend it.


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