April 2012........8 books this month
Jo Brand – Look Back In Hunger
James Lee Burke – The Glass Rainbow
Robert Harris – The Ghost
Dave Zeltserman – Bad Karma
Michael Connelly – Chasing The Dime
James Sallis – Drive
Liz Thomas – Dust Of Life
David Guterson – The Country Ahead Of Us The Country Behind Us
Brand – funnier on TV than the written page.
Connelly – a re-read as I found it amongst the clutter. Not one of his better earlier ones.
Liz Thomas – interesting account of a nurse/charity worker with a conscience who upped sticks and headed to Saigon in the early 70’s moved by the plight of the street kids living in a war zone.
JLB – similar to Ellroy insofar as I’m reading him out of a sense of duty rather than because of any continued enjoyment from his too-long-stale series. An addiction I’ll be curing myself of soon......after I read the next one!
Sallis was short, sharp and dark – really enjoyable. There’s also a follow-up book and a film of this one that I need to track down.
Book of the month though Harris’s Ghost.......even if I did slightly spoil it for myself by watching the film first!
Britain's former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project - a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill.
Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.