Miss Pinkerton — Mary Roberts Rinehart. One, Miss Pinkerton reads differently than most modern mysteries. Due in large part to the had-I-but-known writing device, Rinehart is credited with founding. Initially, until I read enough to understand her style, it felt very staccato. Second, Rinehart not only was a novelist but a trained nurse as well.
This hands-on experience allows Rinehart to infuse nurse Hilda Adams with some real depth, allowing our amateur detective to rise above her cookie-cutter counterparts in other mysteries of a similar vintage. Each fitting well into the narrative, they add extra layers to the story and the characters. So what? She always does. But in addition to becoming a Mide , Stephen has a powerful need to know, to understand. And he has to learn who he is first, hence the coming-of-age bit.
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It is an interesting question. Along with way, she provides a succinct and entertaining history of the oil industry and the birth of fracking. And the center of it all is Ukraine. Power, money, oil, natural gas, and more power. They found the most ragged faults and fissures in our democracy: immigration, race, religion, economic injustice, mass shootings.
Then they poured infectious waste into them. She adroitly shows he fracked us. What is or was farce is clearly shown to be. You hear her voice in her words as clearly as if she was sitting at your side reading it to you. Blowout is a gusher of info and a barrel of fun. It is also a serious work. It is great fun. It provides an entertaining and informative biography of Hammett as the tour proceeds around the city, telling you what he did when he lived at this address or that address, why this building or that building is mentioned in The Maltese Falcon and what the support of that conclusion is the late PI and crime writer Joe Gores plays a hefty part in the opinions , and includes photos and maps of the routes.
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Not sure what that means…. The following is a guest review Brenda Winter Hansen, someone JB now has the great pleasure to work with. In A Trick of Light , three very different misfits who have suffered significant losses deal with the hand fate has dealt them. Desperation and determination lead each of them down different and often intersecting paths until they weave themselves into a clever satisfying narrative that reminds us how often love, loss, and rebirth are tightly bound within the stories of all our lives.
Nia is a teenager who has been kept away from the real world her whole life by a loving yet intensely controlling father with the best of intentions. Raised in a virtual reality world, she is a true digital native and hungers for the real world and visceral connections with real people more than anything. Cameron is the young adult son of a computer genius who disappeared in a freak storm on the lake when Cameron was very young. Cameron tempts fate by sailing into the recurring freak storm and is struck by lightning which changes his life and mind forever. This character-driven origin story set in a near-future near-apocalypse world, does a great job of keeping the characters realistic.
Their authentic actions and dialogue drive the plot forward in a believable, if not always elegant, manner. But what about young adulthood is elegant? The authors reflect an astute awareness of the emotional inner life of teens and how their attempts to build relationships sometimes end up alienating them. When they do connect, their darker and often destructive emotions rise to the top to fight against the injustices of their world.
A healthy dose of creepy cool and gruesome elements pepper this novel without being over the top disgusting or gratuitous. There is plenty action and intrigue that kept me page turning until the end. Some readers might find the plot a bit drawn out, but believability of the characters made up for it beautifully. The relationship building between Nia and Cameron is well done; from their awkward moments and visceral yearning, to conflicts and resolutions. I found myself wanting additional back story so the brotherly bond between Cameron and Juaquo would feel more believable. The digital world is a constant feature in the landscape of this novel, and there is even an out loud reference to the seminal Ready Player One.
With cinematic storytelling, one can easily envision the conflation of virtual and real worlds. A Trick of Light bears the influence of The Matrix but not overly so and I can easily imagine and hope to see this as a movie. The complications of dealing with social media as a teen in the 21st century is tangled among a narrative that questions reality.
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