|Wells Tower, Nelson DeMille, G.M. Ford, John Sandford, James W. Hall,
|Virgil Flowers book 1
|Short story collection...."Sentences so good you want to cut them out and pin them to the wall"
|Anthony Price and Dr David Audley x 5
|Gunner Kelly - not the Aussie cop.
|Jim Thompson, Sergio Bizzio, Lauren Henderson, Daniel Woodrell, William Gay,
|Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie grew up in a small Southern town with a whiskey bootlegger for a father. When he dies, they suspect something is amiss at his funeral, and they make a horrific discovery; their father is not in his casket. ...
|Harlan Coben x 3, Mark Thomas, William Ryan,
|Mark Thomas...a bit left of centre
|Anthony Price x 2, Charles Bukowski, Denise Mina, Tony Cascarino,
|Not seen the film yet!
|Scottish crime author
|Best sports book I've ever read - Irish football hero, who wasn't Irish!
|Dr. David Audley
|Jean-Claude Izzo, Mike Thomas, Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman, Donald Ray Pollock,
|It's the Doctor again!
|Donald Ray Pollock
|You're supposed to be last
|Haruki Murakami x 2, Tom Clancy x 2, Daniel Silva
|Anthony Price x 3, Ian Fleming, Jack Anderson-Bill Pronzini collaboration
|A change of subject for Pronzini
|Anthony Price again
|Elmore Leonard x 2, Anthony Price, John Lansing, Carl Hiaasen/William D. Montalbano,
|Hiaasen book - 1982 collaboration
|Anthony Price - let's hope I like him then!
|Anthony Price x 5
HIGHLIGHTS...... err Anthony Price and most of his 19 book Dr David Audley series. I suppose I should make a start. Others.......Lawrence Block, Donald Ray Pollock, Daniel Woodrell, Charles Bukowski, Elmore Leonard and William Gay.
Over at Spy Guys and Gals, the host there writes about Audley.....
David Audley is an analyst for the British Secret Service.
He is one of those wonderful characters that is something different to a host of people. To most of his superiors he is a lucky guesser to be able to see past the evidence to get at the truth. To the people assigned to work for or with him, he is a devious schemer who tells people as little as possible. To those closest to him, he is a dedicated friend who can be counted on when the chips are down. And to his immediate superior, he is a genius.
As would be expected, he is all these things. Working as an analyst trying to sift the truth out of tons of incoming data, he has been able to come to the correct conclusion an impressive number of times. He doesn't like to tell too much to anyone, including those working with him, until he is fairly sure he is right. He usually is right, so his boss's conclusion is correct.
The adventures that Audley gets involved in are primarily counter-espionage ones trying to block the activities of those who come to England to learn what they shouldn't or do what they oughtn't.
The writing on this series is very good. It is also very British. The pacing is similar to a traditional British murder mystery with plenty of false leads to confuse the reader. There is often enough, though, brilliant insights given to make a befuddled reader grin and nod sagely as though finally I've gotten a hold of the situation.
As any good series should, this one has an interesting cadre of supporting characters. There is Audley's handsome young wife who goads him into some assignments he is loathe to take. Butler is an army officer attached to the Secret Service who often is assigned to Audley. Roskill is an air force pilot who is also seconded to the Service and must put his life on the line by Audley's orders. And Paul Mitchell is a researcher who reluctantly starts to help Audley as the series progresses. Each of these characters are almost as important to the series as Audley, making the series a lot more enjoyable than a one-man-show.
LOWLIGHTS...... nothing really
FULL LIST OF 50 AS FOLLOWS:
|THE CAMBODIA FILE
|A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF
|THE MOVIE "BARFLY"
|THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
|THEY DON'T PLAY STICKBALL IN MILWAUKEE
|THE CHARM SCHOOL
|THE DEADER THE BETTER
|FREEZE MY MARGARITA
|IQ84 BOOK ONE
|IQ84 BOOK TWO
|THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME
|THE LABYRINTH MAKERS
|THE ALAMUT AMABUSH
|OUR MAN IN CAMELOT
|THE '44 VINTAGE
|THE HOUR OF THE DONKEY
|SOLDIER NO MORE
|THE OLD VENGEFUL
|HERE BE MONSTERS
|FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE
|A NEW KIND OF WAR
|A PROSPECT OF VENGEANCE
|THE MEMORY TRAP
|THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT
|DARK OF THE MOON
|BELCHING OUT THE DEVIL
|EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED
|THE DEATH OF MISTER SWEET