“Blood Ties,” by Nicholas Guild, or “Why isn’t this book a movie yet?”

This is an outstanding blend of police procedural/thriller and, honestly, a love story. Guild's strengths are his characters and his rock solid prose. He has the knack of creating very believable protagonists and supporting characters ... and then putting them through hell in a way that keeps you turning pages.  He also describes violent things … Continue reading “Blood Ties,” by Nicholas Guild, or “Why isn’t this book a movie yet?”

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“The Only Girl in the Game,” by John D. MacDonald, proof that there is more to this author than Travis McGee

The first John D. MacDonald I ever read was "The Empty Copper Sea," a late entry in his series of books about Travis McGee.    I was in high school. I am long since past high school, but I remember where I was when I finished that book. It was a warm summer afternoon. I … Continue reading “The Only Girl in the Game,” by John D. MacDonald, proof that there is more to this author than Travis McGee