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Julie Jones

New Orleans, LA USA
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Fun as always

This is another fun and exciting Robicheaux novel; however, I just don't understand why James Lee Burke doesn't straighten out Will Patton about Louisiana pronunciation. Patton is, in general, a good reader, but in this, his umpteenth Robicheaux novel, he STILL, without intending to, makes a mockery of Louisiana pronunciation. James Lee Burke, puleeze come to his aid! Your Louisiana audience will thank you!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Good up UNTIL the last drop

This mystery is well written and exciting; however, the ending--at least to this reader--is totally unconvincing.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The reader is a disaster!

English readers in general are very, very good... except when it comes to rendering American accents, which they seem to have learned from old James Cagney movies. Everyone, no matter what their class or background, talks like a New Jersey mobster. Lewis Hancock descends to new lows. His version of one of the main characters in the novel is grotesque -- not to say downright insulting. While Black Out is by no means one of Lawton's best novels, it's still entertaining and generally well written, but when the American character enters the scene, which is only too often, it's just painful.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

A charming, if light, English countryhouse mystery

This is nicely written and well read. The characters--particularly the women--are very likeable. Altogether, a fun read.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Non-fiction that reads like a good thriller

This is the carefully researched story behind U.S. law enforcements' search for and discovery of the man who ran The Silk Road, a site on the "dark web" that sold drugs, guns, explosives, body parts and poison. The book is cleverly structured and gripping. However, it's not without flaws. The main character, the "kingpin," is given to cliches in his writings and conversations. In spite of being a "criminal mastermind," as the title tells us, he's really not very interesting. Unfortunately, the writer himself is not immune to the cliche. And, then, the narrator has a grating voice, which can be irritating. That said, I must confess that I had a hard time turning the player off. So, yes, I would recommend this book.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

A waste of time

The lead detective is plagued by problems with acid reflux and, in tense moments, hearing drums in his head. These issues are referred to constantly. The story appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill police procedural, but takes a turn toward the absurd (not intentionally) toward the end. My advice: don't bother.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-17

McKinty at the top of his form

Not much to say. This is good McKinty, read beautifully (as usual) by Gerard Doyle.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

The usual solid Rebus stuff

What's not to like about it? The characters are familiar; the reader is good, the writing and the story as well.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Very mediocre police procedural

The lead cop is not very bright and not very likeable. He is plagued--did we really need to know it?--with acid reflux and, endlessly, by a drumming in his ears. Then there are the caricature rastas. My recommendation is: Skip it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Outstanding book

Kanon evokes the atmosphere of immediately post-war (II) Istanbul beautifully in this most interesting thriller. The narrator, Jefferson Mays, is excellent as well and pronounces the many Turkish names, things and places with great ease.

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