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review 2018-09-19 03:16
I'll Give Up
The 17th Suspect - Maxine Paetro,James Patterson

I have no idea why I continue on with this series.  I guess for the same reason I keep watching shows like NCIS and NYPD.

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review 2018-06-01 20:10
Too Many Murders - Colleen McCullough

Could I just simply say, 'Wow!' I have discovered Colleen McCullough.

 

The novel is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I didn't realise Too Many Murders is the second instalment in the Carmine Delmonico series until some point in the book, but it works well as a stand alone novel. The language style is fast-paced, intelligent and frank. It doesn't hinder on the gruesome details of murders, but focuses on finding who's done it - and there are plenty of suspects to go about guessing.

 

I also liked that the novel doesn't overwhelm the reader with too many description of places or clothes, etc. Everything in the novel is to the point and every word/sentence is relevant to the plot - I didn't feel like or wanted to skip any paragraphs to keep me going.

 

Everything from the opening line of the novel to the last sentence had me involved and I am very surprised that it hasn't been snatched for a film/TV adaptation. I will be definitely reading the rest of the series and other Colleen McCullough's works. 

 

I would recommend. 

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review 2018-05-06 03:27
Out June 30, 2018
Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us about Policing and Race - Frank R. Baumgartner,Derek A. Epp,Kelsey Shoub

Disclaimer: ARC via Cambridge University Press and Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

                Recently, during a commute, I overheard a conversation between two men.  They were debating stop and frisk policies as well as road checkpoints/spot checks.  The first man, Adam let’s call him, said that he didn’t understand why people would be upset about a pat down or a road stop.  After all, if you didn’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear.  His companion, let’s call him Bert, responded with how many times he had been pulled over because he had been a young black male in a car that police believed should be out of his price range. Bert joined the army right after high school, he said, and could afford to drive such vehicles.  His fellow soldiers who were white did not get stopped.  Adam volleyed back with well, he had been profiled when he had been pulled over, and then was forced to admit that he had been speeding.

 

                Then I got off the train.  I’ll leave you to figure out which person was black and which white.

 

                Reading books like Suspect Citizens for people before having the above conversation with anyone.

 

                It should be noted that the work of Baumgarther, Epp, and Shoub focuses on one state, North Carolina, but considering what the presentation and analysis of the data prove that getting pulled over when “driving while black” is really a thing.  Not that everyone in the United States didn’t know this, but let’s be honest, odds are you know at least one person who says that it isn’t true.  The authors note that part of the reason for this book is so that people who are not black can approach dialogue about police and race with compassion and knowledge. 

 

                I find books like this difficult to rate.  It is a study.  There is a great deal of data being presented to the reader.  At times, such use of numbers can be dull, but the writers don’t present information dully.  Furthermore, connections are made to wide problems (like low voter turn our).  The book isn’t entirely negatively.  It also takes the time to go into great detail about the history of the law that triggered the correction of the data as including the full law in an appendix.  Attention is given to the history of pulling a car over and the difference between reasons for a driver being pulled over.

 

                There is something information about the pulling over of Hispanic and Native Americans, but the focus is on African Americans. 

 

                The book closes with some personal stories of those that have been pulled over.  The stories include various outcomes but are very powerful.

 

                Highly recommended.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-09 02:10
Jack is a supsect of murder
Private: No. 1 Suspect: (Private 4) - James Patterson

hJack ex-gf Colleen is found dead on his bed. She was killed right before he got off the plane and get home. He didn't discovered her body until he finished his shower.

 

He called his team. 

 

After confirming that he didn't kill the friend, they gather a few evidence and proceed to start investigation. Jack is not the no. 1 suspect. 

 

The police is gunning for his arrest as the lead inspector Tandy dislike him a lot. 

 

Another case is on going, David, a young actor was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. 

 

If that is not complicated enough, a body was found in a hotel, and it is not the first time. Knowing how negative publicity would kill the hotel business, Jack team, Private, is hired to find the serial killer active in the hotel. 

 

So...

 

A lot of short chapters, not a style I prefer. Yet the plot is moving along fine. 

 

The shortcoming would be, there isn't enough clue to the readers to find some of the killers. 

 

The serial killer in the hotel, the clue is to commonality of the cases. Hiring sex worker is the key to find how it is link back to all the previous victims. 

 

David case is even worst. We didn't find out who he really is, and only know that he is surrounded by agents who spoiled him. 

 

And for Jack, the surprising part is that Jack did have sex with her recently, and he is currently dating Justine. 

 

Not that loyal in that regard. 

 

Then all the cases were solved on belated clues and then a chase to get to the killers.

 

Not a bad read. But not really my thing.  Prefer more characters development and some depth, or at least some good old fashion plot twist. There isn't much here. 

 

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text 2018-04-08 07:25
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 432 pages.
Private: No. 1 Suspect: (Private 4) - James Patterson

Jack is the top guy in Private, a PI firm.

 

Colleen was murdered in his bed while he was still on the plane back.

 

He got showered, found the body and know this is a setup.

 

Called his team and they helped to gather evidence. 

 

The setup of character is both show their loyalty and omit of justice. 

 

The team is ready to make this go away if Jack is involved in this killing. 

 

Now he has to proved his innocence. 

 

 

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