Books I've Read

Welcome, Visitor
Display statistics
Books by Author
Log In

Books Listed by Author

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z All

Killing Orders

Paretsky, Sara
Crooked friars cause V.I. Warshawski no end of trouble.

Read:

11/2000

Total Recall

Paretsky, Sara
V.I. Warshawski is investigating Ajax Insurance again, and some guy thinks he is a holocaust survivor. Very good.

SMOKE QUOTE:

"You look horribly healthy, it makes me want to smoke more in self-defense."

Read:

2/2002

Tunnel Vision

Paretsky, Sara
The tunnels under Chicago are flooding, V.I.'s office building is condemned, and some scam is afoot at a non-profit housing outfit.

Read:

11/2000

Windy City Blues

Paretsky, Sara
A collection of stories about V.I. Warshawski.

Read:

6/2000

Women The Case

Paretsky, Sara, editor
26 stories by women writers of crime. Some were excellent, some were not.

Read:

6/2000

Project Mulberry

Park, Linda Sue
Julia is not too enthused about her and Patrick's new project, breeding silkworms. It's too Korean.

Read:

12/2009

Click

Park, Linda Sue, et. al.
One novel, ten authors,neat book jacket. Each chapter written by a different author, telling events in the lives of people who knew George "Gee" Keane, a photojournalist. I really enjoyed the story until the strange separate personality weirdness.

Read:

9/2009

A Catskill Eagle

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer travels to Mill Valley, California, to assist Hawk and Susan.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Jocasta (pg. 235) -- Mother of Oedipus.

Quote:

She dog-eared the page to mark her place and smiled at me. (pg. 232) Caitiff!!! (Not the first word I thought of)

Read:

7/2008

Back Story

Parker, Robert B.
A friend of Paul asks Spencer to look into who killed her mother during a bank robbery 28 years ago.

Quibble:

On page 9 the text refers to a "M1 carbine. Fully-automatic." DISCLAIMER: I am not a weapons expert! As far as I can find, the M1 is semi-automatic, and it is the M2 that is fully-automatic. And there is a big difference between semi and fully.

Read:

8/2008

Bad Business

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer is hired for a little marital investigation, finds out he is not the only one on the job, plus there's some other sordid stuff going on.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Portman lobbies (pg.17) -- John Portman, an American architect, is known for his atrium hotel designs.
Atrium -- Glazed courtyard often extending through several floors at the entrance to a building.
Cantabrigian (pg. 142) -- A student or graduate of Cambridge University; or a native or resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Read:

8/2008

Brimstone

Parker, Robert B.
First of the Westerns I have read. Seems very like the Boston books, don't ya think? Still, they are fun.

Read:

7/2013

Chance

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser ends up in Vegas looking for a gangster's son-in-law. Meets that short guy there.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Postlapsarian (pg. 73)-- Of, relating to, or characteristic of the time or state after the fall of humankind described in the Bible.
Tripartile (pg. 231 --Divided into or composed of three parts

Quote:

Outside the bright desert air hinted faintly of carbon monoxide as we walked down the Strip. -- (pg. 293) I think it is odorless and colorless, but i know what he means!

Donut Quote:

I opend the box. Plain donuts. Perfect.

"Do you know how to eat a donut?" I said.

"I'll watch you on the first one," Susan said.

...I ate half a donut.

"Ugh," Susan said. "Is that how it's done?"

"Girls sometimes take smaller bites," I said. -- (pg. 181)

Read:

8/2008

Chasing The Bear

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer tells Susan about his adventures growing up.

Read:

12/2009

Cold Service

Parker, Robert B.
Hawk is almost killed while protecting a bookie. When he recovers, he and Spencer go after the Ukranian gangster responsible.

Quote:

My favorite quote is about the pumpkin pie Susan made, on page 41. To wit, in part, "Don't call her that thing," she said. "What if she hears you?"

Read:

8/2008

Double Deauce

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer and Hawk investigate the murder of a kid and her kid in the 'hood.

Read:

7/2008

Edenville Owls

Parker, Robert B.
Parker's first book for younger readers. But not TOO young! A lot less cussing and violence than his adult books. A bit of bad language and teen yearnings by 14-year-old Bobby, who tries to help out his new teacher who is being threatened by a strange man. I enjoyed it.

Read:

5/2009

Hugger Mugger

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser travels to Georgia to investigate race horse shootings.

Donut Quote:

"Donuts put a nice foundation under your morning." -- pg. 51.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Club Man (pg. 136) -- Probably refers to the Clubman line of colognes and such. I never heard of it, I was more of a Russian Leather kind of guy, back in the day when I used the stuff.

Quote:

"Just so we're clear,", I said. "I'm not after your wife."... -- (pg. 31) I didn't understand the point of this exchange.

Read:

8/2008

Hundred-Dollar Baby

Parker, Robert B.
April Kyle asks Spenser to deals with some guys trying to cut in on her house of ill repute.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Tsimmis (pg. 174) -- Probably Tzimmis, one meaning of which is a state of confusion.

Read:

7/2008

Hush Money

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser helps out Hawk by investigating why a professor was denied tenure.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Defenestrated (pg. 65) -- Throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
Linguiça (pg. 104) -- Portuguese cured pork sausage.
Polemic (pg. 136) -- An aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another.
Formulaic Berbers (pg. 213) -- Don't know, maybe refers to something earlier in the story that I missed?

Quote:

"What she does," I said, "is she tries not to want me to do things I don't want to do." -- (pg. 123) Spenser on the successful male/female relationship.

Read:

8/2008

Night Passage

Parker, Robert B.
For some reason I thought this was another Spencer story, but although it takes place in the same world (i.e., Gino and Vinnie are present), it introduces a new guy, Jesse Stone, who just got a new job as a small-town police chief after getting fired from the LAPD for being a drunk.

Read:

7/2008
20 books displayed
[Abadzis - Alcott] [Alexander - Andreae] [Angelou - Atkinson] [Atkinson - Ballard] [Balliett - Barnard] [Barnard - Barnhill] [Barr - Barr] [Barrows - Bear] [Bear - Beaton] [Beaton - Beattie] [Beattie, editor - Black] [Black - Block] [Block - Borchert] [Bosch - Brennert] [Brillant - Bryson] [Bryson - Bujold] [Bujold - Card] [Card - Card] [Card - Chabon] [Chabon - Clancy] [Clancy - Cline] [Coakley - Cohen] [Cohen - Collins] [Collins - Connelly] [Connelly - Constantine] [Constantine - Corin] [Cornwell - Crais] [Crais - Crider] [Crime - Cushman] [Cussler - Dashner] [Dashner - Dexter] [DiCamillo - Doig] [Doig - Drake] [Drake - Eland] [Elkins - Emerson] [Emerson - Fairbanks] [Fairstein - Feder] [Fenner - Flanagan] [Flanagan - Flint] [Flint - Fournier] [Fournier - Francis] [Francis - Francis] [Francis - Frey] [Friedman - Garcia] [Gardner - Giff] [Gillin - Gores] [Gormley - Granger] [Grann - Greenleaf] [Greenleaf - Grisham] [Grisham - Haddix] [Haddix - Hall] [Hall - Hannigan] [Harland - Hebden] [Heinlein - Heinlein] [Heinlein - Henry] [Henry - Herriot] [Hershon - Hiaasen] [Hiaasen - Hillerman] [Hillerman - Holm] [Holm - Huff] [Huff - Jemisin] [Jemisin - Jones] [Jones - Kaminsky] [Kaminsky - Kidd] [Kidder - Kingsolver] [Kingsolver - Korman] [Korman - Lampman] [Lampman - Lawrence] [Lawrence - Leonard] [Leonard - Lewis] [Lewis - Lott] [Louv - Lutz] [Lutz - Maguire] [Maguire - Martin] [Martin - Mass] [Mass - McCaffrey] [McCaffrey - McCrumb] [McCrumb - Meloy] [Meluch - Modesitt Jr.] [Modesitt, Jr. - Moon] [Moon - Mowat] [Muchamore - Nicholson] [Nicholson - Norton] [Norton - O'Brian] [O'Brian - Oliver] [Oppel - Paretsky] [Paretsky - Parker] [Parker - Parker] [Parker - Patterson] [Patterson - Pears] [Pears - Perry] [Perry - Pohl] [Pope - Poyer] [Poyer - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pronzini] [Pronzini - Pullman] [Pullman - Reeve] [Reeve - Riggs] [Ringo - Robinson] [Robinson - Rubens] [Rucka - Saberhagen] [Sachar - Scalzi] [Scalzi - Scithers] [Scott - Scottoline] [Scottoline - Sheinkin] [Shelton - Singer] [Skloot - Snelling] [Snicket - Stanhope] [Stark - Stephenson] [Stephenson - Stross] [Stross - Tapply] [Tapply - Thorp] [Thurber - Turtledove] [Turtledove - Van Draanen] [Van Draanen - Voltaire] [Waldman - Wells] [Wells - Westlake] [Westlake - Whelan] [Wibberly - Wodehouse] [Wolff - Zahn] [Zahn - Zusak] 

:
: