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review 2018-02-25 15:38
"Firing Line", by Mike Hollow
Firing Line - Mike Hollow

Book#4, in The Blitz Detective series

The London Blitz may be the background for this story but the murder mystery could have been staged anywhere and could have taken place in recent years. In this 4th installment Detective Inspector John Jago and Detective Constable Peter Cradock are called to the scene where a young woman was murdered, strangled with a nylon stocking and near her they found a sailor’s cap. 

I love how the author drips slowly clues to Jago in his investigation to keep the tension going and our interest at its peak. The plot is very well written to takes us through the investigation without any fluffs, it is simple and to the point. Questioning witnesses is the key to a thorough investigation and the story does not shy away from doing a lot of it. A good murder case has its moment of emotional strain evidently we see how Jago and Cradock face those moments while searching for answers. Why stay with only one case, on a second front and during the painstaking search the inspectors stumble into a robbery at the theater that need also their full attention. What excels in this mystery is the interrelation between the two protagonists, how they communicate and complete each other. Mr. Hollow knows how important good dialogue is. We are well served with a good dose of excellent exchanges. 

To sum up:

“Firing Line” is a well-plotted storyline with excellent narration and dialogue played out by two wonderful protagonists and great secondary characters….what’s not to love. I am looking forward to book #5. 

I received this ARC from Lion Hudson LTD via NetGalleys 

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text 2018-02-04 03:51
January 2018 Wrap up
The Escape - David Baldacci
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale
The Midnight Line - Lee Child
The Last Mile - David Baldacci
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith
The Fix - David Baldacci

For January 2018, some really good books and some disappointed ones. 


5 stars read


The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith  


Harry is now teaching in police college and has been happily married for 3 years. 


Now a new killer is out and it is hard to catch. The chief of police now threatened Harry to get him back to the force to solve the case. 


The plots is interesting when the killer is clever and do not care about who he kills but only how he kills. That's make this killer hard to catch or predict.


So Harry is going after all the leads. And then tried to out the killer but setting a monkey trap. 


Really good story. Good writing and good translation. 


The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci  


A John Puller story about his brother Robert Puller escape from prison.


Robert was jailed for treason. A charge that John never really believed but wasn't sure about his innocence either. 


John was order to go after his brother. But in the meantime, find out more evidence that his brother is framed. 


His love and trust of his brother and the loyalty to his job is in direct conflict. And there is a possibility that if Robert resists arrest, he would let Robert kill him to get away. 


Strange. But like the innocent and stubbornness of John Puller. 


Of course, Robert is the clever one, and tried to find out more about who wants to kill him during his escape time. 


And who betrayed Robert. Must be someone high up. 


More dead bodies and a lot of attempt to kill John later, they solved the case. 


Happy endings. Good story. Lot of plot driven page turning. 


A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  


Two good children books. 


A bad case of stripes is being different and being who you are. 


Clark the Shark is being big and having behaviors that bother other children. Shark didn't mean to and he changed his behavior after he is made aware of it. 


4.5 stars read


The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci 


An Amos Decker story about a ex-football player Melvin Mars in dead row. 


He was almost executed. 


Another person confused to the crime he was accused of. Then he was free from jail.


Then the twist came. The confession was a lie. He was paid to confess to this crime. 


More players in the background. A bit strange of their intention. 


Amos Decker got help from Melvin to solve this case. With a lot of conspiracy theory thrown into it. 


A free man now is free. Good ending.  




The Fix - David Baldacci  The Fix - David Baldacci  


A woman is murdered in from of the FBI headquater. 


Amos Decker is trying to find who kill the woman and why.


It is a mystery. And involved in old spies and spy habit for spying.


The only down side is it is a bit to far out. 


Amos Decker is also a new apartment, from Mars who he helped saved in his last book.


A story about how to catch old spy and found out their identity. 


The clue is a bit strange, but still interesting. 


Solid read. 


4 stars read 


Jack Reacher story about John got dumped and reacted strangely. 


So Jack got dumped. He drifted. Got to a pawn shop. Saw a West Point ring, woman size and wanted to find the owner.


The finding of this woman led him from the pawn shop to a criminal group that sell stolen items to a local drug distribution gang.


In the meantime, a PI was hired and looking for the same woman.


A lot of twists and turns later. 


He found her. But she is in another kind of trouble. Jack wants to help. 


Of course he did. A solid read overall. 


3 stars read 


No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  


This is really disappointing. 


She is repeating herself on what she had written in Shock Doctrine. 


The first two third of the book is like that with some updates.


The later one third of the book is about hope. But it failed to raise any hope. 


She has to know that the Trump supporters are not going to read her book or understand what is trying to say. With that large population of ignorant people that are known as Trump supporters in US. There is very little hope. 


Therefore, a 3 stars read. There is not enough good and solid information in this book to make it good. 




Not a bad month for reading. A lot of solid read. Slightly off from the plan as the new books came up. 


I like plot driven story. Airport read when one is not at an airport. David Baldacci is a good writer for that. 


Looking forward to more read in February. 


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review 2018-01-20 16:47
Jack Reacher got dumped and found a case
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

Jack Reacher got dumped by a woman. The drifter lifestyle is not for everyone. 


It seems pointless. But a lot of things is really pointless.


Reacher came crossed a West Point ring and used his usual persuasive method to get to know where it came from. 

A person has to go through a lot to get that ring. It is important to a person and shouldn't be given up that easy.


So it is either a stolen ring that needs to go back to its owner, or this person is in serious trouble and have to give up her ring. 


So he went and chase after whoever this ring belonged to.


He first find a drug dealer. 


Then the drug dealer pointed him to another person Sy. 


Turned out Sy was dead long ago. It is just for the drug dealer to put a hit on Reacher. 


He survived, of course. 


Now a private detective got involved, turned out he was looking for the same person.


Now where is she?

It turned out that she was in hiding.


There is a few twits in the end. Overall story is quite straight forward. Reacher found a person, a former Army personnel who needs help. And he helped. 


The backdrop of the story is the black market of prescriptive drugs. 


Still an okay story. 


4 stars read.  

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-20 03:54
Reading progress update: I've read 279 out of 400 pages.
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

In the search for the missing West Point graduate, Reacher found out something.


Actually, I have guessed that much why no one see the woman living in such a low density population. 


Her twin sister is beautiful. And beautiful woman like to be seen. 


Unless she is no longer beautiful. 


And the ring indicated that either she was a victim of a crime, or she had given up in exchange something that is more important to her at the time. 


Sad really. Not a lot of action. More like a detective story than usual. 

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text 2018-01-18 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 400 pages.
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

Jack Reacher got dumped. No surprise there. Not a lot of women could be a drifter like him.


So, he kind of drifted again. And while he is on the road, he came across a West Point ring, woman's size.


So instead of reflecting on why he got dumped and how he could improve his situation, he is now focus on who this ring belonged to and why this is on sale in a pawn shop.


That led him to a thief, then another. 


The start is good. Reacher is a bit more mature, but not quite. 


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