This reader (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a suggestion for Bill who was looking for reading suggestions.
I have a perfect suggestion for
Bill (who likes John D. McDonald). I hope you, and others, will try
Charles Knief's DIAMOND HEAD or SAND DOLLARS. Chuck's writing resembles
McDonald's in its fine plot line, but in my opinion, is superior in
charactor development and action. Both of these books, and a third,
EMERALD FLASH which will be out next spring, are fast moving, excitingly
paced books. DIAMOND HEAD IS full of local Hawaiian color and
characters. SAND DOLLARS is a very accurate portrayal of the San Diego
and Baja Mexico scene. Both are excellent, can't put down reading.
Mary (Mary4493L@aol.com) wasn't sure about the latest James Patterson book.
I'm just finished it and I've decided that WHEN THE WIND BLOWS was just way too weird for me. I hope he brings
back Alex Cross very soon!
Laura (email@example.com) also has some suggestions for Bill.
Bill was looking for mystery authors similar to Lawrence Block and John
D. Macdonald. My husband is a MacDonald fan, and when he ran out of
books I started seeking out similar authors for him. I looked for blurbs
on the jacket that mentioned MacDonald, for starters! Some of the ones
he enjoyed are: Carl Hiaasen (note the spelling), Robert Crais,
Geoffrey Norman, James W. Hall, Paul Levine, Randy Wayne White, and
Don Matheson. He also likes Clive Cussler, especially the early works.
I like Lawrence Block too, both the funny books and the serious ones
with the sensitive, tormented detectives. For funny, I recommend
Donald E. Westlake, and for sensitive/tormented I recommend Stephen
Greenleaf, Jeremiah Healy, and Grif Stockley. Oh, and add in Parnell
Hall in the "funny" category..
Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org ) agreed with the review of Barry Hoffman's book, HUNGRY EYES.
I fully agree with the review of Barry Hoffman's Hungry Eyes book. For a first novel it was more than a
pleasant surprise, however I must tell you that Mr. Hoffman has written a
sequel to this book called, Eyes of Prey, where the antagonist, Shara
becomes the protagonist of the story. Again a truly unique book in which
the growth of Mr. Hoffmans writing is apparent. I truly suggest you
should review this book also, or if not read it just for the pleasure.
Editor's Note: Thanks, Richard, we recently did review it!
Dinah (email@example.com) has a reading suggestion.
I have a suggestion for the reader who was looking for a new author. I
just discovered an excellent writer -- Carol O'Connell -- who has a
beautiful command of language. She has written four books, beginning
with "Mallory's Oracle," and continuing with "The Man Who Cast Two
Shadows," "Killing Critics," and the last "The Stone Angel." Although
each book stands alone, a reader does not fully understand the character
of NYPD Detective Mallory without reading the first one. The plots are
complex and the writing is superb. Each is a window into an area I was
not familiar with (the art world, in "Killing Critics," for example).
Though it may take a few pages to get involved, once I was involved, I
couln't put any of the four down until the last page. The true test!
I also suggest the latest release by
Ms. McConnell -- "Judas Child."
Absolutely outstanding. This is a thinking reader's book, beautifully
constructed prose, complex plot and great depth of characters. I cannot
recommend this author more highly.
This reader (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for a book
The books I am looking for had as a primary character a dog who was a movie star and
owner who enjoyed jazz - the guy dated a girl who was a professional
pool player - the second novel (5 - 10 years old) takes place on an
island off the east coast.
I enjoyed the first book (murphy's dog???), while the second book wasn't
as good I am interested in finding current titles by this author.
Any help is appreciated.
This reader (
Ruthsleuth@aol.com) enjoyed BAIT by C. J. Songer.
So glad to see your interview with C J Songer. I had the opportunity to meet
her at this year's Bouchercon in Philadelphia. She was talking about Bait,
read the cover blurb for it and I scooped it up. Boy was I glad I did. The
best first novel I've read since One For The Money. I'm glad to see the word
get out about her.
Kevin asked a question about a forthcoming book.
Does anyone know when the next John Grisham book will be out?
Editor's Note: THE TESTAMENT is scheduled for March, 1999 release.