Archive for the ‘Genre: Mystery’ Category

1. “Exposed,” Alex Kava

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell pursues a vengeful monster and his sadistic assistant who infect innocent people with the deadly Ebola virus. While investigating a bomb threat in suburban Elk Grove, Va., Maggie and her boss, Assistant Director Cunningham, become exposed to the virus. The pair wind up in the Slammer, an isolation ward within the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md. On the outside, Maggie’s partner, R.J. Tully, investigates other cases of exposure to the virus, including an entire Chicago hospital. After Maggie’s release, a clue Tully uncovers from his past sends him racing to save Maggie from the evil mastermind responsible for the viral threats. (From the Publisher’s Weekly review)

This… was not a good book. It just was not. Kava uses a lot of very short (generally about three page) chapters, each of which focuses on a different character, about a dozen POVs in all. Each time, it is almost assumed that we know who each of these people are, be they Chicago nurses or a Floridian restaurant manager. Eventually their lives do come together, but I’d hardly say the effect is elegant. And with SO many story lines to keep track of, it’s really not effective. Even for a disposable crime novel (which was totally what I was going for– I actually searched the course catalog for “virus outbreaks– Fiction”), it was clunky. Eventually I will learn that this genre just doesn’t work for me. This is not that day.

Page count: 445
Page total: 445


14. “Airframe,” Michael Crichton

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I don’t know if I had read this before. It is after the later fashion of Crichton’s work (think “Next”), where a few days are broken down to four hundred pages. This one follows a VP for an airplaine manufacturer trying desperately to prove that her plane is not to blame for a commercial airline crash.

Intrigue, of course, follows.

Page count: 393

Page total: 3,540

44. “Devil Bones,” Kathy Reichs

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Why, this isn’t like the TV show at all!

Page count: 304
Page total: 20,102

40. “Winter in the Heart,” David Poyer

June 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Last week I stayed with my aunt, who has fantastic built-in bookshelves in her spare bedroom. Sadly, she has books like this on them.

Anyway, an “old man” (that’s all we get– no age) who lives in a hole in the ground in the back woods in Pennsylvania develops a bad rash and lung infection. He passes out while being visited by a local boy, a teenager with polio, a limp, and terrible parents. The two discover, with the help of a local doctor, that Halvorsen’s affliction is the result of an illegal dumping project and join forces with an electrolysis technician who was recently fired because of her wealthy, callous, (married) boyfriend’s actions.

So. I don’t know what I was thinking– but the cover compared Poyer to Faulker, people! I’m not made of stone. Just gullible.

Since reading this book, however, I have become obsessed with making fire without matches or a lighter. I tend to get this urge in the summer, so my friend and I have made some attempts. By the end of the summer, I should be able to light shit on fire with my mind.

Page count: 402
Page total: 18,862

38. “Angels and Demons,” Dan Brown

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Better than “The Da Vinci Code.”

Page count: 573
Page total: 18,087

2. “Mystic River”, Dennis Lehane

November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Sometimes I enjoy reading quick, trashy, useless best-selling novels. And then I am really disappointed when they are totally disposable. This is one of those times.

Page count: 448