This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. In order to get some consistency to my posting I thought I’d jump on board this great idea. As a self-proclaimed bookaholic, I love talking about my books and finding out what others are reading. Having been a long time reader of multiple blogs where the ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ post is prevalent, I thought it a natural progression I’d add to the mix.
Last week I posted the following reviews:
- STRAITS OF FORTUNE by Anthony Gagliano (crime)
- THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN by George RR Martin (fantasy)
- EL GALIVAN by Craig McDonald (cop-noir)
This week is all about crime for my reading.
THE FORGOTTEN ADDICTION by Michael Lion (I was fortunate to nab an e-arc for review. publication date 20 November 2014)
LA, 1993. The City is burning itself down. Murder is king. And Bird is back, right in the middle of the blaze. Still blaming himself for the death of the Butcher's Granddaughter, Bird is holed up in his girlfriend's apartment and trying to keep the demons at bay. But the City won't leave him alone, won't let him grieve. When the desperate father of a missing UCLA co-ed finds Bird and pleads with him to help find his daughter, Bird sees a path to personal redemption and takes it. It may be the last mistake he ever makes. From penthouse office suites to strip club poker games, Bird soon learns that the girl's disappearance may have been of her own making. But somewhere along the way she drew the interest of L.A.'s darkest corners, and in them Bird will have to choose between his own life and that of a woman he has never met.
FEDERALS by Christopher Irvin
Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.
When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST CRIME COMICS edited by Paul Gravett (I'm about half way through and am loving this collection. Recent reads include a Dashiel Hammett serial and Ed McBain's 87th prescient)
One of the only compilations of the crime comic genre, this volume contains 25 of the best graphic short stories, spanning all the nuances of noir, from classic American newspaper strip serials and notorious uncensored comic books to today’s global graphic novel masterpieces.
This collection includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Will Eisner, Max Allan Collins, and Alex Toth—plus adaptations of and collaborations by famous crime writers, such as Dashiel Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Lesley Charteris, and Raymond Chandler.