Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Next Giveaway

The winner of the Bruen/Winspear drawing was Carol. I'll have to contact her, but let's keep the ball rolling. Another eclectic group today: The Bloodknot by John Galligan, The Closers by Michael Connelly, The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer, and A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes.

Galligan and Steinhauer's novels were both wonderful by my reckoning. Well written, plotted, etc. I couldn't finish the Connelly book. Not to say it was bad, mind you, but I had just read Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin and there was some overlap between the two and well...

The Himes novel was good, but it did feel rushed - which I'm guessing it was. Written in a time before Delete keys and White-Out, when men were men, women were women and authors typed as fast as they could to earn that paycheck. Still, an interesting novel though I did find myself thinking more than once "Really? You can't think of a single other thing to do except follow this enourmously wrong decision...?" Again, that's just me.


Blogger Patrick Shawn Bagley said...


I'd love to have the Himes novel.

December 20, 2007 9:16 AM  
Blogger angie said...

Yup, and sign me up for the Steinhauer! Your first Puerto Rico Precinct novel just arrived yesterday - had to check out your series work after THE CONCRETE MAZE.

December 20, 2007 4:01 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Thank you so much, Steven! I'm so excited about winning!

The Bloodknot by John Galligan sounds good. He is a new to me author, too!

December 20, 2007 10:45 PM  

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