This  Man Reads….

General Fiction

Book 35 of 2012 – The Black House by Peter May

The island pictures above is An Sgeir (pronounced An Skeer). The island is about 30 miles north of the Isle of Lewis, which is part of The Outer Hebrides, located off the northwest coast of Scotland. It is the home of 30,000 Gannets (Guga) of which 2,000 of the young are harvested each year by the men of Lewis. (See photos here.) The tradition goes back 400 years and is one of the center pieces of Book 35 for 2012 Peter May’The Black House. 

Fin MacLeod, grew up on the Isle of Lewis and couldn’t wait to leave when he turned eighteen. Now many years later MacLeod is an Edinburgh detective, with a loveless marriage  that is crumbling due to the death of his only son. MacLeod is sent to Lewis to aid in the solving of a grisly murder that resembles a murder he has investigated in Edinburgh. But when he gets there he has to not only hunt the murderer but also face his own past! read more

Book 22 of 2012 – The Last Kind Words – Tom Piccirilli

Book 22 0f 2012 is by Tom Piccirilli and it’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I can tell you it will not be the last!  The Last Kind Words   is a terrific book! But don’t just take my word for it here’s what some others think about the book:

“Mystic River set the bar for classic literary mystery, and The Last Kind Words is a novel on the same superb playing field. Compassionate, fascinating, and with an adrenaline narrative that is as gripping as it is moving, this book is pure alchemy.” —KEN BRUEN read more

Book 21 of 2012 – The Black Tower – Louis Bayard

So I carry around a lot of trivia in my head, and most times I do well answering questions on Jeopardy, but there are two categories that would cause me to lose if I ever  appeared on the show. The first would be 80’s music, and the second would be royalty, be it British, French or any other, I know little about all those Henrys, Edwards, Tudors, Stewarts or the French Bourbons. So after finishing my latest read I showed it to my wife and told her I thought she would like it. Her response was “You reading about royalty?”  Anyway Book 21 for 2012 is Louis Bayard’s The Black Tower. The book caught my eye a while ago at Barnes & Noble and a couple of weeks ago when I found it on the bargain table for $ 3.99 I couldn’t pass it up. The book opens with the following passage: read more