Monday, July 31, 2017

book review: Deadfall by Linda Fairstein

The backstory: Deadfall is the 19th mystery featuring Alexandra Cooper. I've read them all and reviewed a lot of them.

The basics: Killer Look ended with quite a cliffhanger, and Deadfall picks up right where it left off, so spoilers of Killer Look abound in this review.

My thoughts: Over the years I've criticized Linda Fairstein a bit for how little things change in this series. There's comfort in that, sure, but as someone who has been reading this series for fourteen years, I would love to see more time pass in Alex's life. Fairstein upped the ante with the ending of Killer Look--the murder of Manhattan District Attorney Paul Battaglia. Battaglia's demise had been coming for a few books, but the surprise at the end of Killer Look was a great one. Deadfall seeks to solve his murder.

As always, one New York City landmark serves as the focus of the book. In Deadfall, it's the Bronx Zoo. Fairstein infuses current issues about illegal animal trade and big game hunting in unexpected and delightful ways. The history of New York City, and its two zoos, is richly detailed and flows with the plot beautifully. I continue to enjoy seeing Alex and Mike together

Favorite passage: "Superstition, I thought. All of these species--and so many others--killed because of human ignorance, for beliefs in magical fixes and supernatural protections."

The verdict: Deadfall was a fun, fascinating mystery. I hope Alex will be emotionally healed and back in the courtroom in Fairstein's next book. I'm really curious where Fairstein will take this series after Battaglia's death.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 397 pages
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Source: publisher

Convinced? Treat yourself! Buy Deadfall from Amazon (Kindle edition.) But you really should start with the first book, Final Jeopardy (Kindle edition.)

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The 2017 Booker Dozen: A U.S. Reader's Guide

Although I've (finally) stopped pretending I will ever actually read all of the longlisted titles, I still eagerly await the Booker Prize longlist each July. Okay, so I do still harbor ideas about reading the longlists once Hawthorne reaches a certain age. What age? It's still unclear. Regardless, the longlists are more fun since the Prize has been opened up to U.S. authors, but I also find it has fewer unexpected picks. This longlist reads like an all-star list, and I'm excited to see who makes the short list (and wins.)

The One I've Already Read

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (3 stars)--I need to review this one, but I also feel like I should read it again. I listened to the audio because of the novelty of having 166 narrators. It was fun to hear so many voices, but the incessant repetition of op. cit. drove me bonkers. I may try it in print, as everyone else seems to love it.

The Ones Available in the U.S. Now

4321 by Paul Auster
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Autumn by Ali Smith
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Ones Coming Soon to the U.S.

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (September 19, 2017)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (November 1, 2017)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (August 15, 2017)

The Ones We Hope Make Their Way to the U.S.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

I won't commit myself to reading all of these this year, but I do hope to make time for those that have been lingering on my TBR for too long, and I'm definitely making time for Home Fire. First up? Autumn because I adore Ali Smith, and I can't believe I haven't made time for it already.

Now tell me? What are you most excited to see on the longlist? What are you shocked to not see?

Happy reading!

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