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The Border - Don Winslow

Metropolis - Philip Kerr

The Paris Diversion - Chris Pavone

The Network - Jason Elliott

Our Man Down In Havana - Christopher Hull

Mission To Paris - Alan Furst

A Dangerous Man - Robert Crais

Resurrections - Jeffrey Meyers

Spy Games - Adam Brookes

Podcast Favorites

   In this episode of the entertraining Books of the Year podcast, Simon Mayo and Matt Williams ask Lee Child about his legendary coffee consumption, at my request. 

@booksoftheyear, @simonmayo

I'll listen to Layne Norton discuss and argue passionately about nutrition any day. Mark Bell does a great job moderating an engaging conversation between Norton and Shawn Baker about health, fitness, food and nutrition. Science wins! @marksmellybell, @BioLane

Shane Whaley and David Craggs talk spy and espionage fiction, writing, politics and books with the outspoken, brilliant writer, Charles Cumming.

@Spybrary, @CharlesCumming

Malcolm Gladwell digs deep into the one song Elvis Presley couldn't consistently sing, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" This episode is a gripping, utterly fascinating discussion of how Elvis recorded, sang live, and interpreted his life through music. @Gladwell

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Great Writers - Disappointing Books

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

 The legendary passenger liner Lusitania’s final voyage undergoes the mighty detailed scrutiny of Erik Larson in Dead Wake. As a fan of his earlier work, someone happy to immerse myself in the rich detail and atmosphere he creates with the written word, I found myself disappointed, sometimes bored, with Dead Wake. 

Perhaps it’s because I knew how the book must end. I’m not certain, but I was bored halfway through, but completed reading because I felt it was my duty, some kind of “I like this writer and should slog through” guilt. 

Dead Wake is a best-seller. Larson is a wonderful writer.  I’ll eagerly read his next work, but this one doesn’t do it for me.

@CrownPublishing  #eriklarson  #deadwake


The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos is one of my favorite contemporary, tough-guy, crime novelists. HIs writing for television (The Wire, for example), is stellar. He’s many novels to his name, and I’ve enjoyed each I’ve read. I’m disappointed in The Martini Shot; a couple of the short stories, and the longer novella contained in here, don’t hold up for me. They are well written and entertaining, but somehow they don’t measure up to my inner-Pelecanos standard. I found myself flipping through the pages, waiting for the book to end so I would feel good about beginning another.

I’ll wait for the passion, energy and creative personalities I enjoy and expect from Pelecanos the master, in his next project.

@littlebrown  #georgepelecanos   #martinishot

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