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text 2018-07-14 00:28
In the bleak midwinter
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

Wow, but this was one heck of a bleak read. Both the main characters are pretty messed up individuals caught up in murky dealings between Boston's criminal underworld and some crooked politicians.

 

Everything is so depressing. The winter lasts forever with nothing to relieve the cold. The Bruins have failed to make the playoffs and every single person seems to think the only way to solve any problems is to shoot it, or beat it to a pulp.

 

By the end of the book I was praying for the start of the baseball season and some warmer weather.

 

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text 2018-07-12 01:18
Reading progress update: I've read 193 out of 400 pages.
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

"What did she do for the office?"

 

"What we all do there. Lots of filing, answering phones, meeting and greeting, taking notes. Basic office work. And even though it's not rocket science, she didn't do too well at it."

 

Wait a minute.... Not rocket science? This book is set in 1951, and I know rocket science has been around since then, but this idiom has always seemed fairly modern to me. So I did a bit of digging and it looks as if I was right.

 

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/its-not-rocket-science.html

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text 2018-07-10 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 400 pages.
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

A serial killer stalks the streets of 1950s Boston--and two friends take it upon themselves to bring him down. Post-war Boston is down on its luck and looking for change. A year after the Great Brink's Robbery--the largest robbery in the history of the United States--Boston is known more for its seedy underbelly than for its rich, historical past. The winter of 1951 is the worst in recent memory, and the Bruins are suffering another losing season.

 

Like Boston itself, lifelong residents Cal O'Brien and Dante Cooper are struggling to find their identities after World War II. Cal has built a mildly promising life for himself as an employee of a company providing private security, whether to an honorable businessman who needs a night watchman or to an Irish mafioso who needs to have someone's legs broken. Dante is everything Cal is not. A heroin addict trying and failing to stay clean, Dante feels the call to do good after he discovers that his sister-in-law was the latest victim of a serial killer targeting disadvantaged women. Woefully unqualified, but determined to help, Cal and Dante take it upon themselves to track the killer--but their daunting quest takes on dangerous consequences when the trail leads them to the highest ranks of city government. There are a few well-placed men who don't want Cal and Dante to solve this case.

 

I only picked this up because it happened to be next to the Tim O'Mara book I was collecting for my husband. But the first paragraph of the blurb was enough for me to add it to my pile.

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review 2018-04-29 18:27
Hot Response (Boston Fire, #4) by Shannon Stacey
Hot Response (Boston Fire) - Shannon Stacey

 

Prepare to feel the burn. Stacey ignites the pages with a HOT firefighter and a fiery EMT. Lust runs rampart with this scorching duo. However, there's more to the attraction than hormone overload. There's heartbreaking tragedy, dangerous scenarios and a chance at emotional maturity. The sizzle is abundantly obvious, but the emotions run deep.

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review 2018-04-11 18:45
IT'S A BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD WORLD by Curtis Lawson
It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World - Curtis M. Lawson

 

Rarely does a book leave me without words, yet here I am. IT'S A BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD WORLD is full of horrible people and terrible situations. It was funny as hell and I loved it!

 

Written in vivid style it was easy to picture this in my imagination as a movie. Combine some ancient relics with your favorite action film, add a bit of any Tarantino movie, sprinkle in a dry sense of humor and finish it off with the "franks and beans" scene from There's Something About Mary-and Voila! You have the recipe for this book. (I tried to fit the battle-nun into my recipe but I can't think of anything, anywhere to liken her to. That's right, there's a bad-ass battle nun, deal with it.)

 

 

 

As I said, this book left me speechless, so I had to borrow descriptions of films to write this review. A friend of mine used the movie Smoking Aces to help describe this book, and I find that to be an apt comparison as well. I just don't know what else to say. Fun, full of action and humor, IT'S A BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD WORLD is a great way to spend a few hours. Highly recommended!

 

 

You can buy a copy here: IT'S A BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD WORLD

 

*I was provided a free e-book copy in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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