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Book Review: Love is a Grift

Love Is a Grift: And Other Tales of DesperationLove Is a Grift: And Other Tales of Desperation by Graham Wynd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as part of a giveaway. However, I have attempted to keep my review fair and honest.

It took me a while to work my way through this book. Not because it’s a bad book, but simply because there are a lot of stories between those two covers, and I regularly found myself needing to take a short breather to collect my thoughts after each story. This is modern, fast-paced, hard-hitting neo-noir doing exactly what it’s supposed to do and doing it remarkably well.

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Book Review: The Concrete Blonde

The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, and starts by giving us a flashback to the Dollmaker case that’s been referenced a few times in the first two books. The narrative then jumps forward to the present, and leads us into a court case where Bosch (and the LAPD) is being sued by the Dollmaker’s widow. As the trial gets under way, Bosch receives a letter from someone claiming to be the real Dollmaker, suggesting that Bosch killed the wrong man four years earlier. What follows is an interesting mix of legal drama meets crime thriller.

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Book Review: The Black Ice

The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2)The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Black Ice is the second Harry Bosch book and in my opinion shows a marked improvement over the first in terms of style and substance. Starting with the apparent suicide of a cop the narrative quickly becomes convoluted and engrossing, eventually leading to a twist that isn’t exactly telegraphed but which I have to admit I did see coming quite early.

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