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review 2016-03-11 10:45
Blind Eye (Logan McRae #5), by Stuart MacBride
Blind Eye - Stuart MacBride

"It's summer in the Granite City, but even the sunshine can't improve the mood at Grampian Police Headquarters. Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites -- eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

 

Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast. When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived eastern european, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf n' Track bookies, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of drug wars, prostitution rings and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen's oldest and most vicious crime lord."

 

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"Logan walked over to the window, rubbing a clear patch in the dusty glass.  Looked like another beautiful day to be a police officer, with outbreaks of  infighting, sulking, and recriminations."

 

 

In Blind Eye, Book 5 of the Logan McRae series, Logan and Co. are back with bacon butties, hangovers, and all-around police investigation shenanigans. But it's not all fun and games--Logan has a bit of a tough time in this, and has to deal some serious demons. It was a new side to Logan's character that was interesting to watch. 

 

DI Steel is more brilliant than usual. MacBride adds another dimension to her here, including allowing us to see her life outside of HQ, making her even more human and likable. It was a pleasure to see these other facets of her character, all of which made me adore her that much more.

 

In terms of the case they worked on, it was great and what I've come to expect from this series. My only issue is that Logan sometimes tends to miss obvious clues. This has been an issue in previous books, with the exception of Book 4, but here this trait was at an all-time high. It drove me nuts because it almost verged into stupid territory. But, ultimately it didn't matter since I still loved the story. I stayed up later than I should have on numerous nights because I couldn't put it down.

 

So, would I recommend this to fans of the series? Yes, definitely. Blind Eye is another great installment of the Logan McRae series. 

 

Final rating: 4 stars 

 

 

Source: rachelbookharlot.booklikes.com
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review 2016-02-09 15:34
Political Intrigue in Poland
A Blind Eye: An Adam Kaminski Mystery (Adam Kaminski Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Jane Gorman

This is a cinematic, complex book, yet also tight and focused. The protagonist is a Polish-American Philadelphia policeman visiting Warsaw as part of a Sister Cities delegation. While there, Adam Kaminski hopes to learn more about his ancestry and culture, and wonders if he might even find relatives. Find one them does, and this leads him into an entanglement with the Polish police, members of the government, and dark secrets from the country’s past. His newly-found cousin, an investigative reporter, is certain that his daughter’s death, ruled a suicide, was in fact a murder. An idealistic and energetic young woman with a passion for politics and justice, Basia Kaminski may have learned too much about some high-ranking, influential people. Her father’s life is in danger as result of his inquiries into her death, and as Adam gets involved he puts his own life at risk as well.

Gorman knows how to pace for maximum effect and portrays her characters and her setting masterfully. She uses details of sight, sound and scent to create a powerful sense of the characters’ experiences. From the wintry streets and public parks to pubs and milk bars, from private homes of all walks of life to the halls of government and the deep recesses of the national archives, the setting is so alive it’s almost like a character itself. The romantic subplot is perfectly interwoven with the mystery, each dependent on the other.

One scene shifts to the perspective of a character whose point of view is not otherwise used, a choice that I found distracting, but that’s more a matter of my preference than a problem in the writer’s style. The quality of her research is outstanding. I highly recommend this book for readers who like political intrigue, dramatic locales, and mysteries with depth and substance.

 

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review 2015-01-21 00:00
The Blind Eye - A Sephardic Journey
The Blind Eye - A Sephardic Journey - Marcia Fine This story entwines two tales: one in the late 1990s an the other starts in 1492. Alegra Cardoza is a Native Floridian, descended from Cubans, who is looking for a new job, and perhaps a new life. She applies for a position as secretary to a history professor (Harold Guzman). In keeping his life organized, she learns that he is researching a writing a historical fiction about the Jewish expulsion of Spain in the late 15th century. The narration drops in and out of the fictional book the professor is writing, so we get to know the characters (mostly the Guzman family) in his book pretty well.

Wow! Just, simply, wow! I really enjoyed this book. Was I ignoring noisy chores, like vacuuming, just so I could listen to this book a little longer? Hell yes! Did I carry my laptop around with me so I could sneak in a few minutes of listening pleasure here and there, yes, I did. Perhaps I even ignored my man a little (I’ve made it up to him and now he has a great book recommendation for his next listen).

Normally, when two stories are intertwined like this, I tend to strongly enjoy one over the other and kind of wish that the focus was just on the one I enjoyed. In this case, I enjoyed both equally well even though they were each quite different. They were intertwined quite well, showing the differences and similarities between the two times (especially for women).

Alegra is a modern woman in America. She has a full time job, has a boyfriend, lives her life the way she wants to. She also sucks at dating and lets her sisters bully her into make-overs all too often. Her life is at a cross roads when she applies for and gets a job with Professor Guzman. Pretty soon, the two are headed to Spain for his further research. There, she learns of his manuscript. As the two become friends, he starts asking her for her opinion on certain scenes. This causes Alegra to question her own ancestry even to the point of wondering if some of her ancestors were New Christian Conversos who hid their Jewish faith in secrecy, which was eventually all but forgotten over time.

Meanwhile, back in the late 15th century Spain, the Guzman family are being expelled from Spain. The head of the family, Hermando, makes all the decisions for his wife (Estrella) and daughters and he has decided they will leave for Portugal. Unfortunately, Hanna has had a child outside of wedlock and her father refuses to take her with them. However, Estrella won;t give up easily and baby Belina ends up being raised by her grandparents and auntie Grazia. The Guzmans face many hardships throughout their years, mostly due to anti-Semitic views and politics. Even once they become New Christians (at least in public), they can’t seem to shake the prejudice and fears of others. This story line held some of the most moving scenes both of kindness and of horror.

Since the story bounced back and forth between the two tales, the professor and Alegra could talk honestly about the fate of most women in 15th century Europe. The professor would argue for authenticity in his writing; Alegra would argue that certain scenes were sexist or that women wouldn’t want to read that (rape scenes or women essentially being sold into marriage). I tend to side with the professor on this point – something can still be historically accurate and be considered sexist by today’s standards. The latter doesn’t mean that things didn’t go down that way. Still, there are no rape scenes in this book (which is fine with me) but the author was able to acknowledge the likelihood of such occurrences via this plot device.

The New Christians and the hidden Jewish faith was very intriguing. In my ignorance, I had assumed that many European Jews had to hide (or at least curtail) their faith during the Inquisition until either they moved out of harm’s way or until the Inquisition passed (years? decades?). I did not think that generations would keep their Jewish faith a secret. The Inquisition was not officially abolished until 1834! So, plenty to learn here in a fascinating historical fiction. This book was both entertaining and educational – a keeper on my shelf!

Is it too much to hope for another Alegra/Professor Harold historical adventure? I hope not!

Narration: Christina Cox was an excellent pick for this audiobook. There are plenty of Spanish words and Spanish-speaking characters. Her Spanish accent was excellent with the rapid fire Spanish that I am use to and none of the over enunciated silliness that comes with non-Spanish speakers. She also did a great job with the Guzman women – they each had distinct voices and yet sounded similar enough to be related. She also had a variety of voices for the male characters. I especially liked her voice for a fired up Alegra.
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review 2014-11-19 00:00
TURN A BLIND EYE
TURN A BLIND EYE - Marta Tandori I have read other Marta Tandori books so I looked forward to this one. The prologue was interesting. However, I can't shake the feeling that this story has been written by other writers with far less talent than this author. The story is okay - but - there are too many characters which were not very interesting, and too many subplots. If you want to spend some mind numbing time reading a decent book then this title is for you, Honestly, this review is hard to write given the quality of the other works (Continuance, Too Little Too Late, and No Hard Feelings) that I have read by this author.
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review 2014-02-23 20:09
The Blind Eye - A Sephardic Journey - Marcia Fine

Traveling between the Inquisition and near enough to our current time, beginning in 1492 and 1998, the history and plight of the Sephardic Jews is explored. In 1492, they were forcibly expelled from Spain, by the church, unless they gave up their faith and truly converted to Catholicism (Conversos) or Christianity (Marranos). Often, even when they did, they suffered punishment, exile and even death. They maintained their religion, worshiping in silence and in secret, orally passing on their history to their offspring, even if and also after they converted, even though the punishment if discovered was severe and immediate.

When the Guzman family is forced to leave Spain, the patriarch, Hermando, decides they will go to Portugal where he can continue to engage in his textile business. They will depart by ship, taking their unmarried daughter, Grazia, but leaving behind a daughter, Hanna, who has brought shame upon herself and her family by bearing an illegitimate child, at age 15, with an unnamed father. She is in a convent and her father has refused to allow her to travel with them, has forbidden his family to visit or aid her, intending to leave both the daughter and grandchild behind. His religious beliefs dominated his heart and mind, although, I truly felt he had no heart. Yet, my own background would speak to the truth of what many Jews did when either a child was born out of wedlock or was the product of a marriage between a Jew and non-Jew, even in the recent past. The person was wiped from existence and supposedly from memory. Unbeknownst to this authoritarian, domineering parent, however, his wife, Estrella, has taken the grandchild and secreted her in the bowels of the ship with a wet nurse, engaging her daughter’s help to hide and care for the infant, Bellina. Her daughter Hanna, she could not save.

After several years in Portugal, the fates again require them to leave. Many families have had their children taken from them to be raised by the church in remote locations so that parents and children would be separated forever. The Jews, even Marranos and Conversos, were never fully trusted and were always subject to persecution. They were basically helpless to fight the powers that were greater than they, and although many worshiped in secret, they knew if discovered it could lead to torture or even death by fire for their friends and family. The auto de fe was entertainment, and as non-believers were tortured and burnt at the stake, their fate was cheered by the devotees of the church. During one of these periods of unrest, both Estrella and Hermando are killed and Grazia and Bellina, are forced to flee for their own lives, existing by their wits alone. Eventually, they wind up in Brazil, and from there the story takes on a different aspect as, eventually, each of the women pursue different avenues to survive.

Fast forward the story to 1998. Alegra Cardoza is a plain woman, unconcerned with her appearance, more like the flower child of the 1960’s, whose family history apparently began in Cuba. She is essentially without religious belief and is really unsure of her true heritage. After a severe injury, finding herself suddenly unemployed, she is frantic. She has two no-account sisters, one a hypochondriac and another whose vanity dominates her. They often rely on her and, more often than not, disappoint her. Her sometimes boyfriend, a mama’s boy, is also a constant disappointment, but he recommends that she call a Professor Harold Guzman, because he is looking for an assistant, and the story begins anew. Desperate for work, she tries for the job but fails to get it. A short time later, still unemployed, she returns to his office to plead for the position if still unfilled, or for any other available position. When fate intervenes, he hires her and she, 35, sets off for Spain, a few days later, with this 50 year old, kind of eccentric professor. He will be speaking at a symposium and also intends to do research on a novel he is writing on Sephardic Jews. It is based on his own family’s history. Thus the story of Alegra begins and blossoms, as well, paralleling the story of Bellina.

The author uses a good deal of humor as she tells the two stories with the commonality of one name, Guzman. For me, the story of the fleeing Jews, in 1492, was a more compelling tale than the modern day of Hal and Alegra . The characters were developed more fully and I was more easily attached to the Guzmans, emotionally, than to Alegra’s family and compatriots. They seemed shallow and flawed, not fully realized. The humor often fell flat, felt tired and trite. Sometimes the story felt disjointed and confusing. I felt that, at times, the age of the characters was at odds with their behavior. I often lost the thread of the timeline, not being able to figure out how long they were in one place or much time had elapsed. The use of foreign words and idiomatic expressions, without explanation, was often distracting, and the plot lines sometimes seemed contrived and unrealistic.

On the positive side, the history with its dangers, hardships, and prejudices is truthfully portrayed. The terror and brutality of the church is accurately spotlighted. I thought the women were drawn well; they were strong and capable, able to overcome all eventualities with their courage and intelligence. Most of the men were not portrayed as favorably, but they, too, were brave and resourceful, often snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. The relaxation and/or the temporary suspension of their religious beliefs often led to the successful accomplishments of the victims, but they never gave up their right to worship their one G-d, even though they were being coerced to worship the Holy Trinity.

From what I found online, I believe there was an earlier publication of this book, in 2007, which contained about 350 pages. Since this one that is current is only about 230 pages, I assume it was edited with a machete, a weapon often used in the book. Reading it, I felt as if parts were missing and that may be the reason that I was sometimes perplexed.

 

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