Mr. D. James

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Intrusive Memory by Leonardo Noto
Intrusive Memory by Leonardo Noto
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Novel, 28 May 2014
Leonardo Noto begins the story of his horrendous upbringing with Garfield’s assertion that the truth will set you free, but its recall will first make you miserable. So, in a sense, this book, though at one point called a novel, is in effect yet another agony memoir. In his preface the author declares that it is 95% true, and the reader is convinced by the details of vicious parenting and indifferent schooling in the Southern states. The violence and neglect of three young lads by both parents is at times horrific. The effect of being beaten and constantly humiliated by a gorgon of a mother and the descent of the narrator (nom de plume Leo) into drugs, crime and consequent incarceration in… Read more
INCEPTIO (Roma Nova Book 1) by Alison Morton
INCEPTIO (Roma Nova Book 1) by Alison Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars An Efficient Thriller, 10 May 2014
Morton, Alison. Inceptio

This story set in the fictitious state of Roma Nova will appeal to those who love fast-paced stories of high adventure set in exotic locations.

Before the action starts the author spends some time introducing us to the historical background. I would have preferred to be plunged straight into the fictional world, which is on the whole intriguing and convincing. It is none-the-less an efficient thriller, a Graham Greenian nightmare of political intrigue in which a gutsy heroine, Karen Brown, fights back against Renschman, a monstrous villain who relentlessly pursues her from New York City to Roma Nova. There is of course love interest, in that… Read more
A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava
A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cracking the System, 1 May 2014
Sergio de la Pava's painfully detailed study of the law in action amongst the underclass in New York is an insightful examination of court procedure and the conscience of the poor. Social and moral questions thread their way through the protracted dialogues between attorneys and clients. How can you defend a man who is a liar, a betrayer and a recidivist criminal? How and why? Well, Cassi, the more or less narrator believes it's his duty to do the best for his clients, selected mainly from the scum of society. He works frighteningly long hours with unpromising material for a derisory reward. He does his best in a hopeless situation, for drug enforcement laws are sacred in NYC. Society… Read more

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