Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, February 27, 2017


  • Lee Child, Running Blind and Without Fail.  Two early Jack Reacher thrillers.  In the first, women across the country are being killed; the only connection between the victims -- They all knew Jack Reacher.  In the second, a Secret Service agent wants Reacher to find holes in the vice president's security, but a covert group already has VPOTUS in their deadly sights.  I've been reading a lot of books in this addicting series over the past few months.
  • Graham Masterton, Unspeakable.  Horror novel.  Holly Summers is deaf but is also a very talented lip-reader.  She uses this gift moonlighting for the Portland, Oregon, police, including for a case of a string of women who have disappeared without as trace.  Now someone has targeted Holly "with a supernatural vow to harm her.  And the terror begins when Holly's young daughter disappears."
  • Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Thunderhead.  Stand-alone thriller."On an abandoned Santa Fe ranch a young archaeologist finds a letter written sixteen years ago yet, mysteriously, mailed only recently.  In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a lost city of gold that will make him famous -- and rich.  now Nora Kelly is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country.  Nora begins to unravel one of archaeology's greatest mysteries...Thousand of years ago a thriving civilization suddenly and mysteriously vanished.  For Nora Kelly and her strife-ridden team of explorers, the answer is at their fingertips.  Then the terror explodes..."
  • Colin Wilson, The Mammoth Book of True Crime, New (1998) Edition and The Mammoth Book of The History of Murder (a revised edition of The Mammoth Book of True Crime 2).  Wilson, one of England's "Angry Young Men" and a self-styled philosopher, delighted in the bazarre and the unusual.  Among his output are many books about true crime, mysticism, and the paranormal -- with at least two dozen books focusing on true crime.  Most, if not all, of these books are more like surveys and cursory glances than in-depth coverage of specific cases.  Certainly this is the case of the two books listed here.  Wilson's gullibility regarding the occult probably does not transfer to his true crime writings.  Both of these books appear to worth dipping into.

1 comment:

  1. Re: Thunderhead - I bet the missing civilization went to Mars, following John Carter.