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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10-9-17 #IMWAYR

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Recently Finished Books

The Widow of Wall Street
Meyers, Randy Susan
Simon & Schuster, 2017

The Widow of Wall Street is the best of several novels I’ve read recently that deal with the families and fallout from the financial crisis of 2008. The main character is Phoebe, the wife of a man whose dealings on Wall Street go beyond shady. The chapters that are written from Jake’s point of view are the weakest, but give readers an idea of how people justify criminal acts even to themselves. The novel’s slow build-up made me a little impatient as the readers know what’s going on from the beginning, long before clueless Phoebe, but the book’s long time span realistically conveys how a spouse can be oblivious or in denial about the other spouse’s activities, even over a lifetime.

Read The Widow of Wall Street if you like novels about marriages and families dealing with the fallout from a crisis or that delve deeply into one person’s life, mining it for meaning. It was not a favorite of mine, but is worth reading and would make a good book club choice.

Recently Finished Audiobooks

Gwendy’s Button Box
King, Stephen and Chizmar, Richard
Read by Maggie Siff
Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017

audiobook cover imageGwendy’s Button Box is an old-school horror novella that fit right in with the Reading in Peril challenge (#RIPXII) I started this month, so I’ll review it in a separate post. Recommended for anyone who wants to dip a toe into horror or has been afraid to try a full-length Stephen King book.

The Late Show
Connelly, Michael
Hachette Audio, 2017

audiobook cover imageThe Late Show introduces a new detective character,  a young woman, Renee Ballard, who works the overnight shift on the LAPD. (Don’t worry, there’s still a new Harry Bosch book coming out later this year, too.) Male author Michael Connelly has created a tough female detective, extremely capable of handling herself in a predominantly male world, but the book did disappoint me at one point by having Renee placed in a scene with a criminal that made her appear vulnerable in a way that a male detective character rarely, if ever, is.

A Fatal Winter
Malliet, G.M.
Dreamscape, 2012
audiobook cover imageMax Tudor, parish vicar and former MI5 agent, is invited to the local castle to solve a locked-room murder mystery puzzle.

Currently Reading

Slade House by David Mitchell (audiobook)

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The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (for book club)

book cover imageFor book club this week, we’re also going to watch Practical Magic, and compare book to movie.

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Did you know Alice Hoffman has a prequel to Practical Magic coming out tomorrow from Simon & Schuster? It’s called The Rules of Magic.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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Bosch is Back: The Black Box by Michael Connelly (Audio)

cover image of The Black Box audiobookThe Black Box is Michael Connelly‘s 18th crime novel about Detective Harry (short for Hieronymous) Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department, part of the Robbery/Homicide Division’s Open-Unsolved unit. This audiobook edition has a new narrator, which I hadn’t noticed before I started listening. I had a few confusing moments while I wondered if I had the wrong audiobook (“Where’s Harry?!”) and then realized there was some interloper named Michael McConnohie reading instead of Len Cariou. (I think Bob over at The Guilded Earlobe probably tried to give a heads-up, but I only skim reviews until I’ve read the book, so I missed the news or blocked it out.)

Now, even though I’d been through this traumatic experience before – back at Book #5 or thereabouts, whenever Len Cariou took over from original narrator Dick Hill – it was still a shock! It took me at least an hour to settle into hearing the story in a new voice. Michael McConnohie seemed to speak too deliberately, at first, and just didn’t sound at all like the gruff, 20-year veteran Harry Bosch, but after a while, I had to acknowledge that Michael McConnohie was doing a decent job of it.

In The Black Box, Harry Bosch at age 60 takes on a cold case that he himself was one of the first detectives called to the scene on, twenty years before – the execution-style murder of a female, foreign journalist. At the height of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, when police investigators were overwhelmed by the chaos and confusion of a city in turmoil, detectives were hurried from one crime scene to the next; Bosch was taken off the case and it was never solved.

The author tries to give enough background on Harry Bosch, his taciturnity, his military service, his mission to catch killers, his family life, and his on-again, off-again love life that each new Harry Bosch novel might be enjoyed on its own. But The Black Box is the 18th book in this 20-year series, and you’d be missing out on a lot of history if you start here.

If you like the dark determination of Henning Mankell’s Swedish detective Kurt Wallender or the gritty realism of John Harvey’s English police detective Charlie Resnick (like Harry, a lover of jazz) but haven’t read any of Michael Connelly’s books yet, it’s time to check out the American master of the police procedural.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook here.

Click here for a list of police procedurals (a subgenre of crime fiction) of all sorts, from humorous to hardboiled, at Stop, You’re Killing Me.

The Black Box
Connelly, Michael
McConnohie, Michael, narr.
Hachette Audio, Nov. 2012
9781600247248
11 hrs.

Other opinions on the audiobook (mostly good):
Audiofile
The Guilded Earlobe
Reviewing the Evidence

Full Disclosure: I borrowed this audiobook on CD through the public library.

Waiting on Wednesday — The Drop

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Drop (Hachette Audio Edition)

Michael Connelly

Publication Date: November 28

The Drop is the seventeenth book by Michael Connelly featuring L.A.P.D. Detective Harry Bosch, long-time loner turned accidental family man. The Harry Bosch novels fall into the “rogue detective” category of crime fiction; Harry Bosch is a loose cannon in the eyes of supervisors and administrators, willing to break rules and/or heads as necessary to solve a murder case. The first several audiobook versions were narrated to perfection by Dick Hill. The switch to Len Cariou was a little disturbing at first (Who the heck is this? This isn’t Harry Bosch!) but I adjusted. (Really. I did.) Len Cariou is Harry Bosch now. (They’d just better not change narrators again. Ever.)
I’m not much of a crime fiction reader in general, but I’m eagerly awaiting the new Harry Bosch novel.