The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan

Another Poke Rafferty mystery is always a welcome event and The Fear Artist was no exception. As you might have guessed by the title, this volume is a little darker. It is also a little more political – not in the partisan sense per se but in the worldview sense. It has a strong message that the war on terror has gone too far and allowed America to lose track of, or ignore, its ideals. But this message, whether you agree with it or not, does not overwhelm the story. Publishers...

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The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan

Another Poke Rafferty mystery is always a welcome event and The Fear Artist was no exception. As you might have guessed by the title, this volume is a little darker. It is also a little more political – not in the partisan sense per se but in the worldview sense. It has a strong message that the war on terror has gone too far and allowed America to lose track of, or ignore, its ideals. But this message, whether you agree with it or not, does not overwhelm the story. Publishers...

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My Favorite Reads of 2011

I wasn’t able to post thoughts on the books I read in 2011 by the end of the year so I am doing it this week.  I noted the general statistics yesterday and today want to tackle my favorite reads.  Like last year, I am going to break in out into categories. Young Adult Fiction A large chunk of my reading this year was YA (30 of 79 books were roughly in this category) so I had a lot of books to chose from in 2011. So here are ten of my favorites in no particular order: I am going to...

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My Favorite Reads of 2010

I mentioned on Twitter last night that it looks like I will close out 2010 having read about 60 or so books. A few people asked about my favorites so I figured it would be worth it to wrap up 2010 with a post. After looking at the list I decided to do so by breaking it out a bit. The list breaks down into three categories which divide my reading into roughly thirds: Young Adult Fiction, Fiction, and Non-Fiction.  So below are my favorite reads in each of those categories. Young Adult...

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Crashed by Timothy Hallinan

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Timothy Hallinan‘s Poke Rafferty series.  So I was intrigued when I heard about Crashed a new e-book series. I was interested to see Hallinan work with a different lead character (Junior Bender) and different setting (Los Angeles). Here is the official blurb: Crashed, the first book in the new series from the author of the Simeon Grist Mysteries and the Poke Rafferty Bangkok Thrillers, introduces Junior Bender, a top-of-the-line burglar who...

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The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan

I am a big fan of the Poke Rafferty series by Timothy Hallinan so I try to keep up with the latest release but for various reasons I have been falling behind. My mother-in-law bought me the latest in the series, The Queen of Patpong, and I read it in early September. But work and life intervened and I never managed to post a review here. Allow me to rectify that now. I won’t leave you in suspense. I loved the book as usual. But it wasn’t neccesarily a foregone conclusion. This book...

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Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan

Yet another casualty of my late summer/fall blog hiatus, was the August release of Timothy Hallinan‘s Breathing Water.  I actually had a ARC and read it so that I could write my sparkling review on or near the release date.  Unfortunately, time has slipped well past that date and here we are over a month later. The good news, however, is that this will have no impact whatsoever on your ability to go out and buy this book – which is what you should do if you have not done so...

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