Archive for May, 2010

ELEGY FOR APRIL by Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black’s third 1950s Dublin thriller featuring pathologist Garret Quirke (after CHRISTINE FALLS and THE SILVER SWAN) finds Quirke in a rehab hospital, from which he will shortly spring himself, for his daughter’s sake.

May 19, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , , ,  · Posted in: Ireland, Noir, Sleuths Series

61 HOURS by Lee Child

61 HOURS alludes to a countdown that may presumably end in disaster. As the latest Lee Child thriller opens, a crooked lawyer conducts some shady business at a prison and then skids on the frozen roads of South Dakota, causing a bus carrying a driver, twenty seniors, and our hero, Jack Reacher, to crash into a ditch. Reacher, who is six foot five and physically fit, lends much-needed assistance to the bus driver and passengers, who are stranded near a town called Bolton. The local police send a rescue squad to bring in the victims before they freeze to death in the bitter cold.

May 18, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Sleuths Series, Thriller/Spy/Caper, US Northwest, y Award Winning Author

ILUSTRADO by Miguel Syjuco

Book Quote: “Could it be that he had grown too soft for a city such as this, a place possessed by a very different balance? Here, need blurs the line between good and bad, and a constant promise of random violence sticks like humidity down your back. Wholly different from the zeitgeist lining the Western […]

May 17, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Asia, SE, Man Asia Award, New York City, Unique Narrative, World Lit, y Award Winning Author


Chicago Wall Street Journal bureau chief Gruley has hit on a winning combination for his debut novel – visceral amateur hockey and in-your-face small-town newspapering.

Narrator Gus Carpenter, hockey goalie and editor of the Pilot, isn’t too happy about either role. He had escaped insular Starvation Lake, Michigan, and landed a job at the Detroit News intending never to look back. But the big story that was supposed to win him a Pulitzer earned him a one-way ticket back home in disgrace instead.

May 16, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Mystery/Suspense, Sleuths Series, US Midwest


Sometimes one is privileged to read a book that is so brilliant we hope it never ends. Such is the case with HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN by Sarah Hall. This is Ms. Hall’s fourth book. Her second book, THE ELECTRIC MICHELANGELO, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

May 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · One Comment
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Contemporary, Literary, Unique Narrative, y Award Winning Author

THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo Bacigalupi

Unlike much of the world, the Thai Kingdom had avoided inundation by the rising oceans. It had avoided pandemic decimation of crops and population. It had kept the global agri-corporations from accessing and either exploiting or destroying its vast and precious seed banks. It had taken drastic, isolationist steps to preserve itself while most of the rest of the world faltered into massive contraction and potential extinction.

The white shirts of the Environment Ministry enforced the official policy of the Child Queen’s regime, burning fields and villages if genetic blight or plague struck, conducting customs inspections of the expensive goods imported on dirigibles and confiscating and destroying even items supposedly protected by large bribes. And, “mulching” any windups they discovered.

May 14, 2010 · Judi Clark · 3 Comments
Tags: , , , , , ,  · Posted in: Hugo Award, Nebula Award Winner, Scifi, Speculative (Beyond Reality)