Blog Posts by jfreier
In present day Afghanistan an Iraqi agent who is working for the C.I.A has turned and blows himself up in Kabul.The Kabul station is also dealing with a mole and possible drug trafficking between the Military, C.I.A and the Taliban, the morale and leadership is a mess.
John Wells C.I.A. covert agent is back in Montana trying to reconcile with his son who he barely knows due to his covert ops when he gets the call from Eliot Schafer to meet with him and C.I.A chief Vinny Duto to discuss an op.
Wells is asked to go to Kabul as an undercover observer to see how bad the mess is, which leads to an exciting tale of betrayal and war.
A Red Cross nurse gets a call from a friend to pick up something in a public locker at the Copenhagen train station, Nina is stunned to find a suitcase with a naked and drugged 3 year old boy. Nina a nurse and one who needs to help sets out to find who and where the boy is from.
Karin the friend who asked for help is then found murdered and Nina realizes that she and her family may be in danger. Nina then takes over on a trek across Denmark to find the answer, yet another well written Scandanavian mystery.
A first for me, a mystery where the P.I. is a surfer and the Dawn Patrol are his surfing pack, Dave the Love God, Hang Twelve, Johnny Banzai,and Big Tide are quite the crew. Boone Daniels is the ex cop who is hired by a pretty British lawyer to find a missing person who is expected to testify against an arsonist murderer. A body is found shoved off a balcony and is thought to be the witness, when it turns out to be a friend the case turns to drug and human trafficking. I really enjoyed this surfer twist and the the old school Raymond Chandleresque California P.I.
#5. Keeper of the Lost Causes. A new suspenseful mystery by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen.
#4. Northwest Angle. The latest in the Cork O’Connor series set in Minnesota by William Kent Krueger.
#3. Snowman. The search for a serial killer in Oslo featuring “Harry Hole” by Jo Nesbo.
#2. Silent Girl. A Rizzoli and Isles mystery set in Boston’s Chinatown by Tess Gerritsen.
#1. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes. A crime fiction story of a man who has lost his identity and his quest to find the answer. By Marcus Sakey.
Inspector Alan Banks is on holiday in America resting from the traumatic conclusion of his last case.
Meanwhile back in Yorkshire a neighbor comes to see him after she finds a gun in her daughters closet, a major offense in England. The girl Erin is roomates with Banks' daughter Tracy and when the police go to retrieve the gun things go very awry.
Tracy warns Erins' boyfriend who is the guns owner and "Jaff" kidnaps her and hooks up with his very unsavory cohorts. Banks' colleague Annie Cabot takes the case and when Alan returns they must race against time to save Tracy from this very Bad Boy.
The newest mystery featuring the team of "Rizzolli" and "Isles" takes us on a roller coater ride after a severed foot is found on a roof in Chinatown. The foot has been cut clean by a very sharp sword and leads to a powerful matron of Chinatown. The story takes a turn that connects the murder to a murder in a Chinatown restaurant that took place many years ago. I loved the element of Chinese folklore especially the fable of the "Monkey King" which has an important role in the story. Tess does a great job evoking the secrets and mystery of Chinatown and the characters as always are top notch. I loved this book.
Daniel McEvoy is a bouncer at a dive bar in New Jersey scraping by in his very strange life when things really go south. The love of his life Connie is murdered and Daniel ends up neck deep in the case, along with his drunken Army psychologist, a crazy detective and a ghost. Daniel becomes the target of bad cops, mobsters, his unstable neighbor who thinks they are soul mates. The pacing is non stop with great and very funny banter, and a bevy of weird characters. The first adult novel by the author of the "Artemis Fowl" series, would appeal to fans of "Carl Hiaasen", "Elmore Leonard" and "Tim Dorsey".
Detective Carl Morck has just returned to duty after being shot and losing his partner in a shootout and is not sure he's ready to work again. Carl is a brilliant but difficult detective and is promoted to Department Q of which he is the only member, he is assigned cold cases and plans to do as little as possible in his so called promotion job.
Carl is doing just that until he comes across the case of Merete Lynggaard a beautiful and powerful politician who vanished 5 years ago. The case calls for Carl to demand an assistant and he is given Syrian born Assad who is a quirky but valuable aide, together they find if Merete jumped off a ferry or was abducted and is still alive. A great suspense story filled with a stellar protagonist and and an aide who also adds some humor and lightness to the book. This book would appeal to fans of "Jo Nesbo", "Henning Mankell", "Karin Fossum".
Alice Humphrey is the daughter of a famous Hollywood director but is struggling to make it on her own in the high stakes world of Art in New York. Alice is out of work again when she meets Drew Campbell, a handsome and mysterious Art rep who offers her the dream job of running her own Art gallery. The offer comes with the knowledge of an anonymous owner who only asks that her first showing is of an unknown and controversial artist . The opening is big hit but when Alice returns to the gallery the next day everything is gone except the dead body of Drew Campbell, Alice is the only link to to the unknown murder victim and is thrown into world of deception and conspiracy. This book is a hip, fast paced journey that will keep you guessing until the end.
Alex Miller is full partner at one of New York's most prestigious law firms, he has a beautiful wife and a young daughter and life is a dream until the death of his father. Alex meets the mysterious Michael Ohlig , his fathers' best friend but unknown to Alex except as an almost legendary figure in his fathers' life. Michael asks Alex to represent him when he is about to be indicted for fraud against his Boutique brokerage firm. Alex and his co-worker Abby Sloane lead the case and are drawn into an dangerous relationship and uncover many skeletons from Michael's past and also Alex's. This is a well written first novel by Adam Mitzner, good character development, surprises and he knows the law. This would appeal to fans of "Scott Turow" and early "John Grisham".