I’m a fan of good fiction. Below are some of the novels I’ve read recently with my rating of them. On my scale, three hearts is excellent (similar to four stars on Amazon), and more than that is remarkable.
Zero History by William Gibson ♥♥♥♥♥
Gibson is probably my favorite author, and Zero History was even better than I expected. Gibson does not write light fiction, but this may be more accessible than some of his other novels.
The Whisperers by John Connolly ♥♥♥
I enjoy Connolly’s spooky and slightly supernatural thrillers. This one did not have quite as much surprise and did not move private eye Charlie Parker’s character forward as much as some of his earlier novels, but the creepy atmosphere was delicious throughout.
Star Island by Carl Hiaason ♥♥♥♥
No one does gleeful mocking of our culture as well as Carl Hiaason. This time Carl strays outside of Florida and places a pop diva in his sights. We also get to visit, however briefly, my favorite Hiaason character, Clinton Tyree (AKA Skink). A fun romp, but Carl is not having quite as much fun as he did in his early novels like Tourist Season. Worth a read.
Inside Out by Barry Eisler ♥♥♥
Eisler’s previous series, following freelance assassin John Rain, always satisfied. Inside Out is the second novel in his new series about Ben Treven, American black ops assassin. He’s really starting to hit his stride with the new series. Eisler used to be a CIA intelligence agent, and this series has an authenticity that thrillers don’t often have. Then, when you’ve enjoyed the novel, there is an appendix showing you that all the stuff you thought he made up is real!
Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ♥♥♥
Peculiar FBI agent Pendergast returns for another strange case, working with NYC policeman D’Agosta, where he begins to untangle the big event in his life. We are out of the museum for this one, and mostly in the South. If you haven’t read the Pendergast novels, you owe it to yourself to do so.
Storm Prey by John Sanford ♥♥♥
The next installment in this long, but very enjoyable series lets us once again follow the exploits of Lucas Davenport in the Minnesota twin cities. Sanford writes the peculiar humor cops engage in with each other better than anyone else I’ve read.
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George ♥♥♥
George’s first novels following Inspector Lindley were wonderful, spawning a series of BBC dramas (despite the fact that George is an American). A few novels back, she seemed to hit a slump, where I did not find them as good. But here she is getting her game back. Not as good as her most stellar novels, still quite good.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson ♥♥♥♥♥
This is the third novel in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, and it provides a great finish to the story. (Larsson died in 2004, and a partially completed fourth novel is frozen in a standoff between his girlfriend and his family, so this is likely the last we will see any time soon.) I, along with most who read the series, was captivated by the character Lisbeth Salander. Read this series from the beginning.