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The Last Precinct

Cornwell, Patricia
Takes place after Black Notice. Clears up several loose ends.

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8/2001

The Scarpetta Factor

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay investigates a woman whose body was found near Central Park, yet she seems to have died a couple of days previously somewhere else.

Words I Had To Look Up:

PUSH pack (pg. 338) -- A nifty shoulder bag, you can Google it.
and rockets and Howitzer rounds (pg. 353) -- Why is it capitalized?
Rabbit Tool (pg. 465) -- Related to the Jaws Of Life, a portable forcible entry device.

Quote:

The kind of high-power jamming system that can paralyze RF bands between twenty and three thousand megahertz. (pg. 466) -- One would think the power of this sucker would be causing electronic communication problems for anyone in the vicinity, and it would be noticed.

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7/2010

Hannibal Enemy Of Rome

Cottrell, Leonard
Interesting account of the great general's life focusing mostly on his exploits throughout Italy.

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12/2015

A Fatal Vineyard Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson investigates the harassment of African-Americans living on Marth's Vineyard by a pair of local bullies.

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3/2002

Off Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson lives on Martha's Vineyard and investigates the murder of a local. He also set the wedding date with Zee.

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3/2002

Chasing Darkness

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole re investigates a serial killing when the man he helped clear years ago is found with incriminating proof, and is dead.

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8/2010

Demolition Angel

Crais, Robert
Former bomb squad member Carol Starkey wants to get back on the squad. Excellent story! LATER: This was book 349 but I had to delete the old entry because I messed up the author.

Quote:

"This is foolish, Red, meeting in a library like this. What kinda mook talks about shit like this in a library?" "A mook like me, I guess. I like the order you find in a library, Angelo. It's the last place left where people behave with manners, don't you think?" pg. 78

Bonus Quote:

John hated the socially disgusting, fingerless misfits like Dallas Tennant who inhabited his world. They gave serious explosives hobbiest a bad name. pg. 240

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12/2001

Free Fall

Crais, Robert
A sweet young girl asks Elvis Cole to find out what is troubling her policeman fiance.

A lot of authors mention brand names in their stories to add a certain verisimilitude. I was thinking while reading the description of Jennifer's clothing (page 2)that it would be amusing if her underwear specifics were mentioned. On page 24 Elvis finds a red 36c Lily Of France brassiere under Mark's bed. Elvis doesn't think Jennifer is a 36c.

Words I Had To Look Up:

backseat of her MB (pg. 87) -- Oh, it stands for Mercedes Benz. I had to look that up!
an ordinary TDK half-inch VHS cassette (pg. 214) -- Rather than one of them special ones, I guess.

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8/2010

Lullaby Town

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole gets a famous film director for a client. He wants to find his ex-wife and the child he never knew. Because he was a jerk. Did I say "was"?

Words I Had To Look Up:

screwguns (pg. 23) -- I thought the author screwed up here, but there really are such a thing. By the way, what's a screwgun cost? More than a...oh, forget it!
Knockando (pg. 45) -- A whiskey from Scotland.
Tama Janowitz look(pg. 158) -- An author I've never heard who has long dark hair. Sort of a dark Christina Applegate. Huh.
marcel (pg.169) -- A kind of hairstyle. Very wavie.
TRAVIS BICKLE WAS RIGHTEOUS (pg. 210) -- Robert De Niro's character in Taxi Driver. Never seen that movie!

Quote:

Anyone saw it, they'd think Pike played bass for Lou Reed. (pg. 132)

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8/2010

Sunset Express

Crais, Robert
Elvis assists a famous lawyer in the defense of a rich guy accused of murdering his wife, but discovers evidence tampering.

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8/2010

Suspect

Crais, Robert
Marine dog tries out for K-9 corps at LAPD. New partner also trying out for K-9 corps. New partner also trying to figure out who nearly killed him. Good story, fast read, read in almost one sitting, mostly from 2:00 AM until 5:30 AM...

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12/2015

The First Rule

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike "investigate" the murder of his former mercenary team mate George (and his family)by Serbian gangsters.

Words I Had To Look Up:

seleras (pg. 16) -- The tough white fibrous outer envelope of tissue covering all of the eyeball except the cornea.

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8/2010

The Forgotten Man

Crais, Robert
Some guy get murdered in an alley, his last words to a policeman is he is looking for his son. Elvis Cole. Lots of stuff happens, and Cole get blasted by a shotgun. Good story!

U don't know why the San Diego County Sheriffs handled (pg. 188)that case, isn't Temecula in Riverside county?

Words I Had To Look Up:

Abita beer (pg. 200) -- Louisiana's favorite beer, it says right there on Wikipedia!

Quotes:

and was being homeschooled. (pg. 191) -- In 1969?

I found the long list of JPEGs. ... I deleted them. (pg. 231) -- Uh, Elvis, they are not REALLY deleted unless you wipe them. And even then... Also, don't you guys know how to search by file type?

mudered in Sun City, eight miles south of Temecula (pg. 264) -- I think it's eight miles NORTH of Temecula, Elvis.

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8/2010

The Last Detective

Crais, Robert
Ben, the son of Elvis Cole's girlfriend Lucy, is kidnapped by mercenaries the equal of Elvis and Joe Pike. Or nearly so.

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9/2010

The Promise

Crais, Robert
Elvis, John, and Joe track down a woman selling plastic explosive to terrorists. Possibly. Good story, some weeps, read right through.

Quote:

"What, you don't speak Bulgarian?" -- pg. 294

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9/2016

The Sentry

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike is interested in a woman whose uncle was beat-up by gang-bangers at his cafe. But, is all as it seems?

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7/2011

The Two Minute Rule

Crais, Robert
You only got two minutes to get out of the bank if you are robbing it. Ex-con Max Holman learned that the hard way. Now his is trying to find out who murdered the policeman son he never knew. Very good.

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8/2010

The Watchman

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike protects a rich girl who some drug cartel guys are trying to kill. Fast moving story.

Words I Had To Look Up:

asanas (pg. 66) -- Any of various bodily positions assumed in yogic exercise.
roil (pg. 70) -- To move or proceed turbulently.

Comment:

On page 112 in paragrah 3 we learn that Joe drinks Arrowhead water, has an SOG knife, Zeiss binoculars, and a .25 Beretta. He grabs a box of hollowpoints for the .45 (a Kimber, BTW), too. But what BRAND of hollowpoints, sir, what BRAND!!!

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8/2010

Ruby Holler

Creech, Sharon
Twins Florida and Dallas are on "loan" from the abusive orphanage they have lived in most of their lives to an elderly couple who live in a secluded cabin in the forest. A charming heart-warming story with several interesting reveals.

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10/2011

The Great Unexpected

Creech, Sharon
Two orphan girls, Naomi and Lizzie meet some odd people. Generally pretty good, and interesting, but I was a bit confused in the final chapters. Of note also, the chapters are very short. Good for my short attention span!

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11/2012
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