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Currently Reading - Red Ice, James Phelan

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A thriller from the review pile that ticks off another series that I've missed catching up with until now.  Should be interesting to see if this works as a standalone as this is the 5th Lachlan Fox book from James Phelan.

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Investigative journalist and ex-navy operative Lachlan Fox is holidaying with friends in the French countryside.  He is ready for a break.  But when the extradition of an infamous criminal goes horribly wrong, and is somehow tied to the assassination of a Russian diplomat in Paris, Fox is forced back into action.

Currently Reading - The Priest, Gerard O'Donovan

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I'm sort of stuck in the O + P piles at the moment, because I'm more than a little spoilt for choice.  This didn't exactly appeal at first glance - "Meet the Dublin Serial Killer they call The Priest" and the "oh my god not another bloody serial killer book" gag reaction set in.  Fight the reflex is all I'll say until I write up a full review.

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His name is The Priest.

His weapon is a Crucifix.

His victims don't have a prayer.

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Currently Reading - Pulp Fiction - The Villains, edited by Otto Penzler

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This is another one of those short story collections that I've had tucked away in a location where short stories are often called for.  Otto Penzler has edited a number of these Pulp Fiction collections now and I've been working my way through some of them.

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Currently Reading - The Phillip Island Murder, Vikki Petraitis and Paul Daley

This is a true crime book about the murder of a young woman on Phillip Island - that has been blamed on the wife of the victim's lover, although the wife disappeared on that night - believed to have committed suicide off the San Remo Bridge.  Although there is enough in the story to make you wonder. 

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Currently Reading - Case Reopened, Stuart Coupe & Julie Ogden (ed)

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I really like having collections of short stories on hand - I try to keep one in the car, and salted around various other locations so that I have something to dip into if I'm short of time, or in the middle of other things.  This is an older collection that I only recently found.

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Currently Reading - Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End, Leif G.W. Persson

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Seriously good title isn't it.  And it's got one of those opening sequences which just grab you. 

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Incident:  A young man dies falling from a tall building

Place:  Stockholm

Date:  22 November

Time:  Between 19.56 and 20.01

Temperature:  Below zero

Verdict:  Suicide

Or is it?

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It was Charlie, age thirteen, who saved the life of Vindel, age fifty-five.  At least that's how VIndel described it at the preliminary police hearing.

Currently Reading - Like Clockwork, Margie Orford

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From the pile of books that I should have read ages ago....

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When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town's Seapoint promenade, police profiler Dr Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer.  As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to revisit memories of the horrific rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind the city's crime rings.  Are the murders really linked to human trafficking, or is the killer just playing sick games with her?

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Currently Reading - The Redeemer, Jo Nesbo

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Having caught up a bit, I am actually currently reading this for real.  And the snow and cold is proving just the thing as summer is finally heating up around here.  This is one of my favourite series so it's great to be catching up with it (courtesy of the N pile in my challenge).

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One freezing night in Oslo, Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert.  An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point blank range.

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Currently Reading - The Sex Club, L.J. Sellers

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Finally caught up with this book - I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this ebook and I've been wanting to get to it for a while. 

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A dead girl, a ticking bomb, a Bible study that is not what it appears to be, and a detective who won't give up.

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'You can put your clothes back on, then we'll talk some more.'

Currently Reading - Saints of New York, R.J. Ellory

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Nearly finished with the catchup, but this was a book I'd been saving for a discussion on Murder & Mayhem, which I promptly missed because of illness.  But reading the book was no trial at all!

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The death of a young heroin dealer causes no great concern for NYPD Detective Frank Parrish - Danny Lange is just another casualty of the drug war.  But when Danny's teenage sister winds up dead, questions are raised that have no clear answers.

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Monday, September 1, 2008