|Lisa Gardner, Jack O'Connell, James O. Born, Nick Gaitano, Christopher Brookmyre,|
|James O. Born - Bill Tasker series book.|
FDLE agent Bill Tasker, still smarting from a run-in with the FBI that almost got him killed, reluctantly teams up with the bureau again on a case involving a stolen Stinger missile. The op goes smoothly enough (though the feds take all the credit-what else is new?), but something about the whole setup just doesn't feel right to him. Tasker pokes around a bit-and stirs up more trouble than a nest of rattlesnakes: with his boss, with the FBI, with the ATF, and, worst of all, with a certain gentleman who loves to see things blow up . . . bigger and bigger things,as it turns out. The bomber hasn't killed anybody yet, but if this FDLE agent keeps interfering-well, there's always a first time, isn't there?
|Robert Daley, James Frey, Lauren Henderson, Peter Straub, Lee Martin,|
|Robert Daley from the 80s.|
|James Frey - I like him even if Oprah doesn't.|
Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines - some never to be seen again - but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.
Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.
|Gar Anthony Haywood, Jim Frederick, George MacDonald Fraser, Barry Maitland, John McCabe,|
|Barry Maitland - Brock & Kolla 5!|
|Alan Furst, John Grisham, Tim O'Brien, Georges Simenon, Jon A. Jackson,|
|Mulheisen series book from Jon A. Jackson|
|Vietnam stories - Tim O'Brien|
A finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Things They Carried marks a subtle but definitive line of demarcation between Tim O'Brien's earlier works about Vietnam, the memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone and the fictional Going After Cacciato, and this sly, almost hallucinatory book that is neither memoir nor novel nor collection of short stories but rather an artful combination of all three. Vietnam is still O'Brien's theme, but in this book he seems less interested in the war itself than in the myriad different perspectives from which he depicts it. Whereas Going After Cacciato played with reality, The Things They Carried plays with truth. The narrator of most of these stories is "Tim"; yet O'Brien freely admits that many of the events he chronicles in this collection never really happened. He never killed a man as "Tim" does in "The Man I Killed," and unlike Tim in "Ambush," he has no daughter named Kathleen. But just because a thing never happened doesn't make it any less true. In "On the Rainy River," the character Tim O'Brien responds to his draft notice by driving north, to the Canadian border where he spends six days in a deserted lodge in the company of an old man named Elroy while he wrestles with the choice between dodging the draft or going to war. The real Tim O'Brien never drove north, never found himself in a fishing boat 20 yards off the Canadian shore with a decision to make. The real Tim O'Brien quietly boarded the bus to Sioux Falls and was inducted into the United States Army. But the truth of "On the Rainy River" lies not in facts but in the genuineness of the experience it depicts: both Tims went to a war they didn't believe in; both considered themselves cowards for doing so. Every story in The Things They Carried speaks another truth that Tim O'Brien learned in Vietnam; it is this blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his book unforgettable. --Alix Wilber
|Bill Bryson, David Baldacci, Stuart Neville, John Burdett, Charles Williams,|
|Charles Williams - 1950s|
|Stephen Greenleaf, Jonathan Valin, Norman Mailer, James Slant, Alex Garland,|
|A crystal meth memoir!|
Leaving Dirty Jersey is the compellingly crafted tale of James Salant's descent into crystal meth addiction. Written at the age of only twenty-two, this memoir chronicles his year-long addiction with complete honesty and heartbreaking candour.
Brought up in a stable, middle-class family, the second son of two therapists, he was introduced to heroin at seventeen by his brother Joe. This resulted in a spell in rehab where he met a bunch of ex-convicts, and he soon fell into the thuggish, drifting lifestyle of meth addiction. It was to take a near-psychotic event to finally get him to clean up.
With graphic descriptions of life on crystal meth - the insatiable sex drive, the paranoia, the desperate need for more drugs to sustain the high - James' writing mimics the emotional detachment of the drug and the wired yet aimless life it induces. His voice is so open and authentic, it is hard to believe he is still so young.
Given the nickname Dirty Jersey, while living as a tough guy-junkie in California, James had it tattooed on the inside of his left arm. There it remains as a graphic and permanent reminder of his past life as a junkie.
|Frank Lean, Walter Mosley, Graham Greene, Luke Rhinehart, Richard Aleas,|
|Walter Mosley, Fearless Jones book|
Paris Minton doesn't want any trouble. He minds his used bookstore and his own business. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she has to get involved--no matter if she can't stand him. What will her church think? She hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, and a tough customer, to track him down and prove his innocence. When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie, and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined. Written with the voice and vision that have made Walter Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, FEAR ITSELF marks the return of a master at the top of his form.
|I read this years ago and saved it for another turn - The Dice Man.|
This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart - and in some ways changes the world as well.
Because once you hand your life over to the dice, anything can happen.
Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.
|Martin Booth, Charles Williams, John B. Spencer, Joseph Finder, Martin Cruz Smith,|
|1st Arkady Renko - this'll be a re-read!|
|Dick Francis, Joseph Koenig, John Baker, David Simon, Lee Child,|
|Joseph Koenig - I loved his book Floater.|
|Jake Needham x 2, Kris Nelscott, Laura McBride, Francis Gilbert,|
|Debut novel from Laura McBride,|
An accessible, beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly topical novel about PTSI and the unseen effects of global conflict on ordinary lives.
Beyond the bright lights and casinos lies the real Las Vegas, a forces town. In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across the city, Bashkim, the young son of an immigrant family, observes how they are struggling to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away on the other side of the United States, a soldier, recently returned from active service in Iraq, wakes up in hospital with the feeling he's done something awful.
In Laura McBride's heartbreaking and authentic novel, these disparate lives are brought together by one split-second choice; this is a story about families, the ones we are born to and the ones we choose to make. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.
'A powerful story of the way in which war detonates far from battlefields, exploding lives in a single irrevocable moment. We Are Called to Rise reverberated long after I'd put it down. I can't stop thinking about it' Sarah Blake, The Postmistress
|Tub 79 - put to bed!|
HIGHLIGHTS..... Charles Williams, James Salant, Jake Needham, Barry Maitland, Richard Aleas, John Baker, Jon A. Jackson and others. Looking forward to enjoying a bit of non-fiction from this tub.
LOWLIGHTS...... hmm, not too much to be scared of, maybe Baldacci and Brookmyre aren't especially singing out to me.
FULL LIST OF 50 AS FOLLOWS:
|ALEAS||RICHARD||LITTLE GIRL LOST||2004||JB1|
|BAKER||JOHN||KING OF THE STREETS||1998||ST3|
|BORN||JAMES O.||SHOCK WAVE||2005||BT2|
|BROOKMYRE||CHRISTOPHER||A TALE ETCHED IN BLOOD AND HARD BLACK PENCIL||2006|
|BRYSON||BILL||NEITHER HERE NOR THERE||1991|
|CHILD||LEE||THE HARD WAY||2006||JR10|
|CRUZ SMITH||MARTIN||GORKY PARK||1981||AR1|
|DALEY||ROBERT||MAN WITH A GUN||1988|
|FRANCIS||DICK||IN THE FRAME||1976|
|FREY||JAMES||BRIGHT SHINY MORNING||2008|
|FURST||ALAN||THE WORLD AT NIGHT||1996||NS4|
|GILBERT||FRANCIS||I'M A TEACHER, GET ME OUT OF HERE||2004|
|GREENE||GRAHAM||A GUN FOR SALE||1936|
|HAYWOOD||GAR ANTHONY||BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST||1995||J+DL2|
|JACKSON||JON A.||DEAD FOLKS||1996||DSM6|
|LEAN||FRANK||THE RELUCTANT INVESTIGATOR||1997||DC3|
|MACDONALD FRASER||GEORGE||FLASHMAN AND THE ANGEL OF THE LORD||1994||FP10|
|MAILER||NORMAN||WHY ARE WE IN VIETNAM?||1967|
|McBRIDE||LAURA||WE ARE CALLED TO RISE||2014|
|NEEDHAM||JAKE||THE BIG MANGO||2011|
|O'BRIEN||TIM||THE THINGS THEY CARRIED||1990|
|RHINEHART||LUKE||THE DICE MAN||1971||DM1|
|SALANT||JAMES||LEAVING DIRTY JERSEY||2007|
|SIMENON||GEORGES||MY FRIEND MAIGRET||1957||M?|
|SIMON||DAVID||HOMICIDE: A YEAR IN THE STREETS||1991|
|SPENCER||JOHN B.||A CASE FOR CHARLEY||1984||C1|
|VALIN||JONATHAN||THE MUSIC LOVERS||1993||HS10|
|WILLIAMS||CHARLES||THE DIAMOND BIKINI||1956|
|WILLIAMS||CHARLES||AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA||1971|