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The Likes of Us by Stan Barstow
The Likes of Us by Stan Barstow
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the short story, 25 April 2014
This book has the subtitle ‘stories of five decades’ combining, as it does three previous collections, first published in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with a couple of more recent stories.

The Desperadoes collection (published 1961) has stories from the late 50’s and early 60’s with post-war austerity and emerging youth culture ,set in the industrial north, providing the context for his tales of everyday working-class men and women.

A Season With Eros (published 1971) and The Glad Eye (published 1986) show how times have changed for these folk with many materially better off and enjoying the freedoms (moral and material) on offer – nice houses, foreign holidays,… Read more
The Chessmen (Lewis Trilogy 3) by Peter May
In this final book of the Lewis trilogy ex-DI Fin Macleod stumbles over another historic crime scene, but this one is connected to his personal, rather than the island’s past.

Again the device of relating past and current events in parallel is used to good effect as the connected narratives unfold. We learn a bit more of Fin’s youth, particularly his college and university days and circle of friends there, who he needs to track down to quiz about the mystery. But its solution may have dire implications for their present lives.

Fin’s investigations take him into the rain and wind swept moors and mountains, lovingly described, while his introspections continue to… Read more
The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas  Benigno
The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas Benigno
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced page-turner, 25 April 2014
We are sometime in the 1980’s and Nick Maninno is a young lawyer starting out at the bottom defending prospective felons for the Legal Aid Society in the South Bronx. He’s good, but his growing reputation includes success with “sicko sex cases” with the latest not guilty verdict leaving a villain still on the streets, the victim suicidal and Maninno with his head in his hands.

His new batch of cases includes more promising, if high profile, material – a school aide accused of molesting three boys, and a janitor arrested for a series of rapes and murders. Maninno is convinced of the innocence of both and sets to work.

The legalese flows thick and fast and Nick’s… Read more