Pike, by Benjamin Whitmer, which will be discussed by The Hard Word Book Club on Wednesday, March 30, 7pmWith its working class misfits with dark pasts fighting darker corruption, Benjamin Whitmer's new mystery Pike is quite possibly the purist definition of modern hard boiled fiction. His title hero has a hard past, mainly of his … Continue reading 5 Questions With Novelist Benjamin Whitmer
I picked my 6 year old son, Harry, up from school today and we went back to the house and spent time together lying side by side on the living room floor, looking at the photographs in Hard Ground. Neither of us said much; I would occasionally comment on the sadness in someone's eyes and … Continue reading Review: Hard Ground by Tom Waits & Michael O’Brien
We're seven days older and so is the book world. Here's what went on this week: After thirteen months of consideration, Judge Danny Chin rejected the Google settlement (NYT) calling Google's proposed deal for putting millions of books online, “not fair, adequate and reasonable.” Publisher's Weekly also had a good run down of the whole … Continue reading As the Book World Turns
Harlan Coben gave his hard boiled action series character, Myron Bolitar, the most unlikely profession: sports agent. That said, if you're one of his athletic clients and in trouble, Myron and his MB Associates employees, along with his rich, psychopath friend Win, will do all they can to bail you out. Coben's books featuring Myron … Continue reading Review: Live Wire by Harlan Coben
Sometimes the best books to talk about aren’t the best books to read. The Voyage Out Book Group just finished a three-month journey through French Literature. We began with J.M.G. Le Clezio’s first novel The Interrogation, moved onto Marguerite Duras’s The Ravishing of Lol Stein, and wrapped things up with Jean Cocteau’s The Holy Terrors. … Continue reading Three Months in France with the Voyage Out Book Club
Here's all the week's book news that's fit to repeat, in no particular order: Large retailers are now pushing Amazon to pay state sales tax in places like Texas and California where the online retailer has vehemently refused. In Texas, Republican State Comptroller Susan Combs believes this would account for $269 million. Here's a fun … Continue reading As the Book World Turns….
Ian Rankin is a master at creating characters. His law enforcement heroes are men we learn to accept despite their shortcomings. They brood through Edinburgh never truly understood by their colleagues and loved ones, and even when they catch the bad guy, true justice (like their peace of mind) is an elusive thing. And … Continue reading Review: Ian Rankin’s ‘The Complaints’