Archive for November, 2011

One of the Best

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Faithful Place by Tara French is an intriguing novel that mixes a mystery whodunit set within the dynamics of a dysfunctional family (and neighbourhood at times). This novel has wonderful prose, gritty dialogues, a complex and ruthless detective and a murderer whose motivations in the end make you feel sorry for him/her (don’t want to spoil by revealing the gender).

This is one of the best novels I have read this year and also is a kind of book that makes the passion for reading so rewarding. This is definitely a book worth spending time on.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Burke Fan!

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I heard a recent interview by James Burke where he mentions that Feast Day for Fools is one of the top 2-3 books he has written. I just finished that novel and must say I completely agree.

How many authors exist who manage to write so consistently well for a writing career spanning nearly 3 dozen books. I think that makes James Lee Burke one of the greatest novelists of our times.

I am not going to waste my time explaining the plot (you can read it on amazon), but sufficient to say the writing is haunting and stays with you a long time after the book is finished – the plot in Burke’s book, while good, is really incidental.

Rating: why bother (just read it!)



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