Friday, January 14, 2011

Charlie Hood and Joe Pike Right Wrongs and Love Their Cars


Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker. Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood is still assigned to the ATF task force in Southern California. An undercover agent has gone "black" and Charlie looks for him, wondering if his pal is overly dedicated or had his morals skewed. I'll bet Hood drives around a lot in his Camaro.

Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. I have never read any of this guy's books but this thriller had a good review in either Library Journal or Booklist. Archivist in D.C. finds a book owned by George Washington and now bad guys are out to kill him. The bad guys are after the archivist not George Washington. Washington is already dead.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. Novelization of the gal who started making glass lampshades for Tiffany.

Sentry by Robert Crais. Joe Pike wears sunglasses and protects a family. The family is not what it appears. I don't think Hood and Pike would get along. But, Pike does not get along well with anybody but Elvis Cole. Robert Crais is going to be at Mystery One in Milwaukee on Sunday the 23rd. I don't think I'll be able to attend.

Crais is in Houston this Sunday the 16th. You going, Crider?

Crais was passing out Pike temporary tattoos on a previous tour. Here is the best use of one of the tattoos.

Large Print

Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz.

Great House by Nicole Krauss.

Playing the Game by Barbabra Taylor Bradford.

Prostitutes' Ball by Stephen J Cannell.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Music on CD: Two of them are good.

Music on CD

Grinderman 2 by Grinderman. Music by Nick Cave and friends.

Speak Now by Taylor Swift. Swift is still one of those celebrities you cannot avoid hearing about.

The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens. Yeah, Stevens is kind of weird. But, the songs are usually interesting.

Now That's What I Call Music 36 by various singers and musicians. Recent hit songs.

Monday, January 10, 2011

B-Movies and Stuff


Machete starring Danny Trejo, Steven Segal, Michelle Rodriguez, others. Some guy out for violent vengeance.

Dinner for Schmucks starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Ron Livingston. Guy has to find a buffoon to take to his boss's monthly dinner. Succeeds.


Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel Dalhousie book.

Judas Gate by Jack Higgins. Some sort of shoot'em up.

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber. Author photo has a smiling Macomber wearing a necklace with a big honking pendant. That pendant looks big enough to make her fall over. I'm not saying it looks bad, just that it looks heavy.

The author bio says she lives in Washington state and Florida. Seattle to Orlando is a 5.5 hour non-stop flight. If Macomber books a flight with a connection it is an 8-9 hour trip. She sells a ton of books so maybe she spends the cash on a private charter.

Seattle to Dunedin, NZ would take 28.5 hours and cost $1,700. Seattle to Paris is 15 hours - but that is with a stop in Los Angeles.

Audio Book

Reckless Bride by Stephanie Laurens. Some sort of romance with the model on the cover photo looking "sultry".