Monthly Archives: October 2012

Without Fail by Lee Child

I just gave up reading Without Fail by Lee Child.  He is one of my favorite writers, and Jack Reacher is one of my favorite characters, but this sixth book in the Jack Reacher series did not compare well to the others.  A woman in the secret service recruits Jack to help prevent an assassination of Vice-President-elect Armstrong.  The characters do not come to life, and if someone had shot Jack in the head, I would have just shrugged.  The plot became very confusing when “Armstrong” died twice and yet still seemed to be alive.  I re-read the scenes several times before plodding on to discover in a subsequent scene that the people who died were not the vice-president but only people with the same last name.  These mental gymnastics took me out of the story and I lost interest.

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A Dark and Lonely Place

I attended the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference in St Augustine in September.  Some of the speakers included Steve Berry, Jeff Lindsey, and Jeff’s wife Hilary Hemingway (niece of Ernest Hemingway).  A banquet honored Edna Buchannan.  She discussed life in Miami, her time as a crime reporter for the Miami Herald, and her latest novel, A Dark and Lonely Place.  I subsequently read the book and was captivated from the first page.  It weaves the true historical tale of one of Florida’s most famous outlaws, John Ashley, and his legendary gun-toting girlfriend Laura with a fictional parallel story of a modern man and woman, who at first sight, feel an uncanny attraction and who seem predestined to face the same tragedies as the original couple.

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