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Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn (Spenser)
Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn (Spenser)
by Ace Atkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.49

2.0 out of 5 stars So long, Spenser, 1 Jun. 2016
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This is the last Spenser I'm going to read. Gradually, Atkins is losing his touch with Parker's spirit, style and verve... as time goes by, Spenser is becoming a ghost of himself, as it's only natural, since Parker is long dead. So, R.I.P. and that'll be that.
Here the story is burning out (pardon the pun), as Boston is plagued by arson, burning faster and hotter every night. Spenser, Hawk and Sixkill investigate to find a firebug obsessed with lethal sparks. The story would be enticing, were it not for the slow pace and italics intervals, which add nothing to the action.
So long, Spenser. It was fun while it lasted.


Coda
Coda
by Simon Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pleasure of the journey, 28 Nov. 2015
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He went out in style. This is indeed a coda, the final "tail" of Gray's beautiful diaries, which I read and re-read in a sequence so as to experience the deep and continuous pleasure of his company.
Gray in fact is great company, highly addictive, often so funny I cannot help but laugh aloud, and ultimately quite moving for his honesty, humanity and... intimacy. I looked forward to each new volume he published, reading about his excesses and his merryment about calamities. Gray's mind was uninhibited when writing about himself, and you never knew where he was going to take you, only that his articulateness would be all the company you needed.
I'm missing him much, very much indeed.


Il telefono senza fili
Il telefono senza fili
by Marco Malvaldi
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £16.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vecchietti in gamba, 10 Jun. 2015
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Sulla scia stilistica di Andrea Camilleri, per quanto riguarda l'uso del dialetto (qui toscano, là siciliano), anche questo scrittore dimostra interessanti ed inusitate vene "gialle". Quinto della serie, divertente e simpatico nel raccontarla, la storia si dipana con la supervisione del "barrista" Massimo e degli arzilli quattro vecchietti investigatori a tavolino.
Una strana coppia di semidivorziati, intenti ad evadere fisco e bancarotta, gestiscono un vicino agriturismo di bassa qualità. La moglie scompare all'improvviso e subito si pensa che il marito l'abbia eliminata, dati i continui litigi di cui tutti parlano. Ecco che i vecchietti si mettono in moto, proponendo ipotesi infinite sul presunto delitto. A complicare le cose, entra in scena Atlante il Luminoso, mago e cartomante con passato di ciclista fallito, che fa previsioni sul caso della sparizione... ma poco dopo viene trovato morto impiccato.
La cosa si complica, e Massimo comincia ad interessarsi vivamente alla situazione, interpretando maldicenze e indizi, ed infine arrivando ad una soluzione imprevista, tra esilaranti battute in italiano vernacolare e comici equivoci da vera commedia italiana.
Mi sono veramente divertito!


La Giostra Degli Scambi
La Giostra Degli Scambi
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Bello, bello, sempre bello!, 9 Jun. 2015
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A 90 anni, Camilleri riesce sempre a darci bellezze letterarie: che maestro d'arte! Qui, la storia e' tutta uno "scangio", uno scambio di luoghi, pensieri, persone - un labirinto di malessere e ossessione, dove Montalbano avverte un fosco senso di irrealtà nei delitti che incontra e che accredita appunto a giochi crudeli di scambio e di messinscena: una recitazione criminosa. È perplesso, perche' capisce che gli vengono offerte strade senza meta, dove si intriga sentendo il peso degli anni. Ma si riprende d'animo, ricordando una bella poesia di Attilio Bertolucci, dedicata alla «neve» che incanutisce. Tra strani sequestri di giovani donne e raccapriccianti "camere di morte", il Commissario riesce con la sua logica ferrea a scoprire la verità.
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La Piramide Di Fango
La Piramide Di Fango
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bello, anzi... bellissimo!, 10 Jun. 2014
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I'm addicted to Montalbano's and can't ever have enough... I just hope Camilleri keeps writing, no matter what age (he'll be 89 in September).

LA PIRAMIDE DI FANGO (transl. "The Pyramid of Mud") is the latest episode, 22nd in the series. And since this is the original Italian version, here I'll continue in Italian... for the benefit of Italian readers, naturally.
Romanzo di mafia, questa volta. Ma l'episodio è confuso, perché i clan mafiosi vogliono mascherare i loro crimini sotto le spoglie del "delitto d'onore". In una Sicilia annacquata da interminabile pioggia e invasa dal fango, Montalbano stenta a farsi un quadro generale della situazione, tra attentati, intimidazioni, delazioni, false confessioni e depistaggi spregevoli.
Un giovane ferito a morte ha inforcato una bicicletta e ha pedalato con fatica in un cantiere impantanato. Sua moglie è scomparsa, e con lei un presunto zio, che non ha nome, non ha volto e non lascia impronte... Scorre altro sangue e il nostro commissario inizialmente conduce le indagini con l’indolenza di chi sbriga una pratica burocratica. È infatti preda a una morbida malinconia, con la mente rivolta a Livia lontana che non riesce a riprendersi dalla morte di François. Prevale alla fine la saggezza dell’istinto e, con una reazione ferale, Montalbano riesce ad avere una visione completa delle criminali macchinazioni, riuscendo a far luce su una complessa operazione mafiosa di riciclaggio, appalti e corruzione politica.


KOSHER JESUS
KOSHER JESUS
by Shmuley Boteach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeshu the Jew, 5 May 2013
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A great simple book that goes straight to the point. Don't expect in-depth scholarly exegeses of Biblical texts or theological wonders, just a few clear points and references which prove the basic thesis. To go deeper, you'd have to read the works of Professor Emeritus Geza Vermes, who's been making this very same point for the past 30 years, with important books such as The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, The Changing Faces of Jesus, Jesus the Jew, etc. In fact, this is exactly what Boteach's book does: provokes you to search deeper and go further to discover the "original" Jesus. With candour, humour and accessibility, KOSHER JESUS opens your mind, whether you are a Christian or a Jew - challenging you to venture out of your comfort zone in a new (and necessary) journey toward a real appreciation of one of the most exceptional (kosher) Jews who ever lived.
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Jesus: A Portrait
Jesus: A Portrait
by Gerald O'Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Lifegiving Death of the Living God, 10 Oct. 2012
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Against any possible negative criticism, I found this book by O'Collins quite rewarding, sharply clear and very versatile, as it is broken into sections considering aspects of Jesus' character and experience. Just what I wanted: I've been reading Jesus' biographies and Christological works for most of my life, searching for tangible appraisals and historiographical considerations ― no easy points for any specialist writer, as there isn't much to go by, except for the Gospels and Flavius Josephus.

JESUS: A PORTRAIT is not a simple representation, it gives no easy answers through a reconstructed "Life of Christ" storyline. O'Collins in fact is trying to draw the reader into the Bible, into an understanding of what historical fact and the Church can tell us about Jesus but above all, the book is a way of bringing us to an encounter with Jesus today, progressing well from snapshots of Jesus to deeper exploration of the effect he created on those around him.

As I said, the book presents its text in sections to give the reader space to consider what has been illustrated, and a refreshingly human picture of Jesus and his surroundings emerges. It is often the significance of Jesus' actions that are examined, rather than the actions themselves and this helps to steer the text away from a purely historical examination of Jesus' life. The canonical Gospels serve as inspiration and criterion for O'Collins' own representation, reading the Scripture within (and not separate from) the Church's tradition, also making clear his Chalcedonian perspective and commitment, especially with his Chapter 3 devoted to "Jesus Divine and Human."

However, with this said, the compelling attraction of the book is O'Collins' personal meditation, which brings out the distinctive colours of a portrait that has faded for some because of a presumed over-familiarity. What progressively emerges is the striking originality of Jesus, whose beatifying vision saw all creation charged with the presence of the Father and whose stupendous imagining evoked a humanity transformed. Jesus proclaimed the extraordinary magnanimity of God, often in sad contrast to human mean-spiritedness: God's generosity in counterpoint to human malcontent.

The gift of Jesus' life is perfected in the gift of his eucharistic death. As O'Collins writes: "his words and gestures at the Last Supper incorporated his suffering and death into the great project of universal salvation, God's coming kingdom."
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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (A Spenser Mystery) (Spenser Novel)
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (A Spenser Mystery) (Spenser Novel)
by Ace Atkins
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a punch in the guts, 2 Sept. 2012
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Well, better than nothing anyway... No, actually, I must be more honest than that: I liked it. With Parker dead, we wouldn't be getting anything at all, if it weren't for Ace Atkins. It's now fashionalble, especially in the English-speaking world of fiction, to franchise out dead writers (see Jane Austen, Ian Fleming, et al.), mainly to make an extra quid for the family estate or the copyright owner. In most cases, the result is depressing trash.

In this case, I felt Spenser had resuscitated and was happy for it. The dialogue - which I used to enjoy the most - is all Parker's: sharp, ironic, engaging. The story's dynamics pulled me into more than just the plot, as I met again Parker's regulars: Susan, Rita, Hawk and Quirk. The storyline begins with the entrance of fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asking Spenser to look into her mother's murder four years earlier and set the record straight. Mattie is convinced the wrong man was convicted, but the combination of Mattie's age, her mother's history of drug addition and prostitution, as well as the evidence against the convicted man all cause the police to turn a deaf ear. But Spenser listens and soon opens a can of worms, embroiled in the dark element of a Boston Atkins impressively describes as if he were a native like Parker.

Keep'em coming, Ace!


Jesus
Jesus
by Paul Johnson
Edition: Roughcut
Price: £17.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The most important human being in history", 9 Aug. 2012
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... so the author states in his introduction, and so right he is. Johnson continues by saying that Jesus is also the most written about and discussed: and he likes to add to the pile, but in a very agile and lucid way, providing a short "biography" that probes with passion into a Man whose life changed the course of history.

As the subtitle certifies, this is indeed the work of a believer, so it has the consequent bias of the believer's stance, but it does not detract from the fluid writing which is superb and clearly shows a masterly love of language and history. The book is a sketch of Christ's life, as Johnson himself affirms at the beginning, but it reflects many years of reading and historical study on the author's part, and the final result is a story beautifully told, with clarity and brevity, conveying joy and commotion.


Victims (Alex Delaware)
Victims (Alex Delaware)
by Jonathan Kellerman
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going mental, 8 Aug. 2012
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*Victims* is an ingenious, sophisticated and harrowing psychological thriller which takes us into the darkest depths of a human mind so brutal and so lethal that even the most hardened detectives are shocked and sickened by the series of gruesome killings described in this new episode of the "Crime Reader".

Clinical psychologist and best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman turns crime writing into an art form. He doesn't waste too much time in character introspection or other narrative decoration, but plunges us readers straight into the gripping action, with twists and turns, excellent police procedural detail and emotional rides - making *Victims* an utterly satisfying experience. The author blends the addictive rhythms of the classic crime novel with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition, interspersing the ingredients with style, intelligence, logic and compassion.

I can't stay away from Kellerman... and why should I? I'm a veteran fan.


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