Friday, October 3, 2014

Reading right now:

            “The Golem of Hollywood” by Jesse and Jonathan Kellerman. Here’s a great Halloween book—a combination of mystery, suspense, with a splash of the supernatural. The central figure is L.A. detective Jacob Lev who gets dragged into the mysterious beheading of a serial killer. After Lev sleeps with a beautiful, mysterious woman, he finds himself chasing the legend of the Golem of Prague throughout the world. In order to solve the case, he is assigned to the Special Projects squad whose members seem more interested in blocking his attempts to solve the case than actually helping him. So far I have enjoyed the storyline about the beheading, but the other half of the book isn’t working for me. It just feels like two separate books which I’m sure will intersect at some point, but I think the two parts of the book could have been integrated in a much more readable way.

On hold right now:

            “Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs. This is the 17th Temperance Brennan book and I’ve heard it is a good one. Can’t wait to read it.

Other Mysterious Things:

            The new movie “Life of Crime” was recently released in the U.S. and is based on Elmore Leonard’s 1978 book called “The Switch.”  While Jennifer Aniston may be the main reason to see the movie, it is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and sounds funny. It is about two convicts who once released from prison kidnap a rich real estate developer’s wife and holds her for ransom. Unfortunately, the husband does not want his wife back and she does not want to go back.

            Liam Neeson’s new movie “A Walk Among the Tombstones” started out as the 10th book in the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. Ex-NYPD cop turned PI, Matthew Scudder is hired to find out who killed the wife of a drug lord—violence and craziness ensues.

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