May 16th, 2011

winter trees

Books 47 & 48: The Lizard's Bite and Red Wolf

Book 47: The Lizard's Bite (Nic Costa 04) .
Author: David Hewson, 2006.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Police Procedural.
Other Details: Paperback. 474 pages.

At the close of The Sacred Cut Roman detectives Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni were exiled to Venice as a reprimand for their behaviour. As their time there comes to a close they are assigned an apparently open-and-shut case involving a fire in a glass foundry belonging to the eccentric Arcangeli family that has claimed two lives. Of course, once they begin to investigate the family and the insular glass-making community on Murano they realise that things don’t quite add up. Under pressure from above to finish quickly so that British millionaire Hugo Massiter's property deal can be concluded, events spiral quickly out of control.

This was an absorbing, intelligent thriller that I enjoyed very much and could hardly tear myself away from.

Book 48: Red Wolf (Annika Bengtzon 05) .
Author: Liza Marklund, 2003. Translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith, 2010.
Genre: Crime Thriller.
Other Details: Paperback. 508 pages.

Set about a year after the events in The Bomber, Annika is now working as an independent reporter focusing on stories about terrorism, its history and consequences. Her current project is about a 1969 terrorist attack on the F21 airbase in Lulea in northern Sweden in which no suspect was ever identified. When she arrives in Lulea she discovers that the reporter working on the same story that she'd arranged to meet there had just been killed in a hit-and-run accident. She soon discovers that this was no accident and other murders follow, all linked by enigmatic handwritten letters sent to the victims' relations. In addition, her marriage to Thomas is on the breaking point, mainly due to her refusal to slow down.

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Marklund writes convincing characters and captures the austere beauty of Sweden with ease. As exciting as the central story was, I was also very keen to discover what would happen between Annika and Thomas as it was obvious in the previous book that their marriage was under considerable strain from her obsession with work.
El Corazon

60. The Walking Dead, Volume 12...

The Walking Dead, Volume 12: Life Among Them
by Robert Kirkman

Started: May 15, 2011
Finished: May 16, 2011

I know the other shoe is going to drop now that Rick and company have found this new home, just waiting to see how that's going to be. 144 pages. Grade: A-
Total # of books read in 2011: 60
Total # of pages read in 2011: 15,450