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Elvis: That's The Way It Is (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1970]
Elvis: That's The Way It Is (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1970]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King in his Prime., 9 Feb 2013
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Elvis Presley may be the greatest live performer of all time, and this DVD catches him on the top of his game. The DVD opens with footage of Elvis rehearsing and getting his live show together. Having played Vegas the year before Elvis is seen making minor tweaks to improve his show, and you can see the stress in his face as his backing singers don't fully understand his instructions on Bridge Over Troubled Water. The rehearsal footage also includes a wonderful version of twenty days and twenty nights. We then go to the show part of the DVD and words can not do this justice. If you are a fan of Elvis buy this DVD and enjoy it. A wonderful live performance and one that shows Elvis in all his glory.


The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stars of the Poet Return...., 8 Feb 2013
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The Scarecrow is another very good novel from the pen of Michael Connelly. In one of his previous books, The Poet, Connelly introduced the character of Jack McEvoy a crime journalist who with the help of FBI Agent Rachel Walling attempts to track down a killer that has been under the radar of the FBI for years.

Years after this Jack is still working the crime beat however his life takes a downturn when cut backs in the paper industry lead to him been laid off. Despite this Jack wants to leave with a bang. When he takes a call from the relative of a young man charged with murder it triggers his interest. Jack had previously reported the story of the boys arrest and he sees the call and the ladies pleas of her relatives innocence as a chance for him to get an inside story on what made the boy become a killer. However during his investigations Jack sees that things might not be what they seem and turns to Walling to help him......

This is a very well written book. It is nice to get a follow up book on McEvoy as his character was a strong one and it is interesting to see the after effects of the Poet case on his life. The story is a little slow at first but does pick up towards the end. As the book is written from both Jack and The Scarecrows point of view which is unusual for Connelly and gives you an insight into both what the killer is thinking and alerts you to when Jack and Rachel are going wrong! On the downside I didn't feel the book had the normally twists and turns of a Connelly book however the last few chapters are still very hard to put down as the dramatic scenes are very, very well written.

Overall I found this to be a very good book. It has a good story but it will for me always be in the shadow of the Poet book. I would recommend this book to any crime fans but I would also recommend that The Poet is read first as it will add a lot to the book if you know the history of the two main characters.


The Brass Verdict
The Brass Verdict
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haller & Bosch dream team?, 6 Feb 2013
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Michael Connelly must have had a great deal of fun bringing his two best creations together for this book! Having paired Bosch and Rachel Walling successfully in Echo Park and less successfully in The Overlook. Connelly decides to bring the Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller back into the limelight and to interlink his second story with his most famous creation Harry Bosch.

The story begins with Mickey been told by a Judge that lawyer Jerry Vincent has been murdered and left his entire case load in the hands of Haller. The major case that Micky is handed is the defence of a multi-millionaire Hollywood success story Walter Elliot. Walter has been charged with the murder of his wife and her lover and Mickey is handed the job of keeping his rich client out of jail. Running alongside this is the investigation into the murder of Jerry Vincent; Jerry was shot in his car just outside his office and the investigating officer is, hero of most of Connelly's books, Harry Bosch. Bosch believes that the murder is related to one of Vincent's cases and the scenes in the book that involve Bosch and Haller trying to trust each other and share information in order to uncover the murder are wonderful. This book also gives you a glimpse into how others see Harry Bosch. As this book is mainly from Micky Haller's point of view it is fascinating to see how someone views Harry's actions and to see how frustrating it must be to try and understand Bosch and his methods! The book, like the Lincoln Lawyer, also includes a trial and Connelly again brings the court case to life. His writing during the Jury picking and trial of Walter Elliot is very good. I found myself hooked and not wanting to put the book down.

After the disappointment of The Overlook this is a great return to form! I really enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it to any fan of the crime genre.


The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Connelly Classic!, 5 Feb 2013
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Michael Connelly is best known for the excellent Harry Bosch series however he has also created a number of fine standalone novels, and this may be the best one so far. The Lincoln Lawyer follows the story of Mickey Haller (the Lincoln Lawyer); Mickey is a criminal defence attorney who is always chasing the big case, the "franchise" case that will make him the big money. With years of experience under his belt and with a reputation of protecting the low of the low Mickey is shocked and excited when a bails bondsman puts a client named Louis Roulet in touch with him. Roulet has been accused of the attempted sexual assault and attempted murder of a young girl and unlike most of Mickey's clients he swears that he is innocent.

From this base Connelly builds the book telling the story of Mickey's investigations and efforts into proving the innocence of his franchise client. As with most Connelly books the twists and turns come fast and furious as the book moves alone at a great pace. The scenes in the court house really stand out as Connelly brings the trial to life. All in all this is an excellent addition to the Connelly catalogue. A really strong story, many plot twists and a fantastic ending and In Mickey Haller Connelly may also have created his best character outside of Bosch. I was looking forward to the next Haller book almost as soon as I had finished this one and would recommend this book to any fans for crime genre.


Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel
Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have Rebus back!, 27 Jan 2013
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After a long five year wait Ian Rankin has decided to bring back his most successful creation John Rebus. When I first read the news of Rebus's return I had a little bit of doubt. Could Rankin really pull it off and bring back one of my favourite ever detective and keep the magic of the previous books? Well I am happy to confirm that he most certainly has. Rebus has changed a little in the five years older but not all that wiser Rebus finds himself working in the unsolved crimes unit and drinking with an old enemy, he is also more isolated than maybe ever before, even finding ticket stubs to a concert he had been to previously brings on a dark mood that shows a more vulnerable side. However despite this darker side, the old Rebus soon pops his head up. Approached by a grieving mother and asked to look into the disappearance of her daughter Rebus is soon part of an active inquiry team trying to see if a link between other suspected victims has been missed. This reunites him and Siobhan and soon the magic does flow. I have always considered Rebus and Siobhan to be the best duo in crime fiction and this book reconfirms this for me. The pages that they are both on seem to fly by and the comedy, angst and general fiction that is between them is a highlight of the book. Siobhan is not the only Rankin creation that Rebus interacts with during the book. Fox, the star of Rankin's two complaints novels, makes an appearance and the chance to see Fox through the eyes of someone that he is investigating is fascinating and shocking. I was a big fan of Fox during the two complaints books but found myself disliking him during this book! All in all this was a wonderful read and I am very glad that Rebus is back! I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime genre and am excited for what Ian Rankin has in store for us this year.


The Overlook
The Overlook
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bosch by numbers, 22 Jan 2013
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I am currently reading Michael Connelly by order of release and have been a very big fan of his work. Sadly this book is one that dips below his usual high standards. It's not that it is a poor story in my opinion or that it's poorly written it is just too paint by numbers for a man of his talent. Harry has transferred departments and picked up a new younger partner. They are called to investigate the execution style murder of a hospital worker. From there the FBI and other investigative bodies get involved and Harry is left fighting the powers that be just to stay on the case. Sadly this book lacks the emotional punch of some of Connelly's other work and is rather flat. The story moved along and despite one twist at the end that came out of the blue I didn't find it hard to spot most of the other twists coming. I am glad that I read it as I am aiming to have completed his works in a few months and it is not a poor book but I would struggle to recommend this to people over some of Connelly's other far better books.


Before the Poison
Before the Poison
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Robinson's finest., 20 Jan 2013
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A truly fantastic standalone novel, I purchased this book on the kindle months ago and I had almost forgotten about it. Thankfully a few weeks ago after some advice from a friend I decided to finally read it. As the synopsis says the book is about an English film composer Chris Lowndes who after years in America and the death of his wife decides to move back to England. The house that he purchases used to belong to the family of the local doctor whose wife was found guilty of poisoning him and sentenced to death. The book is split in three ways. You follow Chis and investigations into the back story of Grace Fox. Chris becomes emotionally involved and is desperate to discover if Grace was even guilty and if she was what forced her into committing murder. The second split is the "famous trials" extracts which tell the story of Grace's trial and outlines the evidence that was put forward by the state to get a conviction. The third and final split is the diary Grace kept during her days at war. Peter Robinson weaves all these pieces together to make a fantastic novel. Despite been a big fan of Peter's Alan Banks series this may be the best Peter Robinson novel that I have ever read. The book is exceptionally well written and I cannot recommend this book enough.


Chasing The Dime
Chasing The Dime
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2.0 out of 5 stars The worst Connelly so Far!, 30 Nov 2012
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Big fan of Michael Connelly and have enjoyed reading his books in order until now. This is sadly a very poor book. The writing as usual is very good and the book when it gets going moves along at a good pace. However the actual story itself is very, very poor. I will not include any spoilers but I found the whole thing to be very, very unrealistic. I am a fan of reading an author's work in order however I would recommend that people skip this book.


Trunk Music
Trunk Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch heads to Vegas, 9 Sep 2012
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Trunk Music by Michael Connelly is the fifth book in the Harry Bosch series and Michaels sixth book overall. The book begins with the discovery of a body inside the trunk of a Rolls Royce. Bosch and his team are put in charge of discovering what happened. During the course of the investigation Harry uncovers a trail that takes him to Las Vegas and back. What at first appears to be a Mafia murder soon gets more complicated than Harry could ever have imagined.

I found this book to be very, very enjoyable. The pacing was excellent as Connelly moved the story on at a fast action packed pace. The plot was wonderfully constructed and some of the twists and turns were jaw dropping. I found this to be a very enjoyable read and would recommend this to any fan of the crime genre.


Watching the Dark (Inspector Banks 20)
Watching the Dark (Inspector Banks 20)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Return for Banks., 26 Aug 2012
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This book, the 20th book in the Banks series, begins with the discovery of a dead body at the St Peters Police Convalescence and Treatment Centre. The victim, who has been shot in the heart with a crossbow, is DI Bill Quinn a detective that is being treated at the centre for a bad neck. Banks is put in charge of the case and soon discovers that this is not going to be a simple case to solve.
During the course of the investigation Banks is faced with a number of challenges. First the discovery of a photograph that indicates that Quinn may have been the victim of blackmail, this forces Area Commander Gervaise to bring in the beautiful blonde Joanna Passero, a member of the Professional Standards. She is assigned to Banks to see if the evidence of potential blackmail can be proved and if this has led to Quinn becoming a bent cop. During the investigation evidence is discovered that may link the Quinn murder with the disappearance of a young English girl in Estonia. Banks follows a lead to Estonia and in typical Banks fashion finds himself jumping head first into the investigation to find the missing girl. I found the descriptions of Estonia to be very well written and almost the entire story in Estonia was a highlight of the book.

Watching the dark also sees the return of Annie Cabbot. Annie Is missing from the first few chapters as she is still recovering from the injuries she suffered in the last Banks book. Her return is a source of concern to both Banks and his Area Commander. Both are worried that Annie may be returning too soon and Annie herself shares these doubts. The chapter where Annie returns is where the book goes up a gear in my opinion. I have always been a fan of the character and feel her reappearance is the point that the book kicks into gear after a slow start.

As a fan of the previous Banks novels I was very happy with this book. All the normal Robinson qualities are in place, a good story, good pacing and the descriptions of Estonia are wonderfully written. I found this book very easy to read and the last 100 or so pages where impossible to put down.

On the negative I will again say I thought the book had a quiet slow start. Until the reappearance of Annie the book seemed to just be plodding along. However her reappearance and the moving of Banks to Estonia certainly fixed this. I also agree with a few of the other reviewers that have commented on the number of times Robinson tells us about the music Banks is listening to. I personally found the music references to be a little much in this book and we could have done with a few less.

In closing I would simply say that I found this book to be very entertaining and very gripping. After a slow start Robinson has delivered a good addition to the Banks series and I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime genre.


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