Friday, April 6, 2012

Thrilling stories await you!!!

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
Library Journal
After Crichton's death in November 2008, Preston (The Hot Zone) was drafted to complete the work Crichton had begun on this novel. The setting: Hawaii. The characters: graduate students at a biotech company who get dumped into the rain forest and must use their science smarts to survive. Preston sounds like a good matchup with the author of Jurassic Park, and fans of both authors will want this.


Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publishers Weekly
In chapter one of Patterson and Paetro’s lackluster second novel featuring Jack Morgan (after 2010’s Private), Morgan, the founder of an L.A. investigative firm “with clients all over the map who demanded and paid well for services not available through public means,” returns home to his mansion from an overseas trip to discover the blood-soaked body of his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Molloy, in his bed. Whoever shot Molloy, who tried to kill herself six months earlier at the time of their breakup, has planted evidence incriminating Morgan. Before alerting the police, Morgan has forensic expert Dr. Sci and tech geek Mo-bot comb the scene, but his delay in reporting the crime only makes him more of a suspect to the LAPD. Unrelated subplots, including a serial killer who leaves his victims in different locations of a hotel chain, serve only to add to the book’s length. An evil identical twin doesn’t help with plausibility.





Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Publishers Weekly
The aftermath of the bloodshed in 2010’s Port Mortuary figures heavily in bestseller Cornwell’s solid if scattered 19th thriller featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Lured from her home in Cambridge, Mass., to Savannah, Ga., to visit Kathleen Lawler—the woman who molested Scarpetta’s recently murdered colleague, Jack Fielding, as a child and later bore their daughter—at the Georgia Prison for Women, Scarpetta angrily realizes that she’s been tricked. Ex-Manhattan ADA Jaime Berger wants Scarpetta’s help exonerating a woman on death row for the murder nine years earlier of Savannah’s Dr. Clarence Jordan and his family. What first seems like a cold case becomes terrifyingly current when fresh bodies start appearing. Scarpetta begins questioning whether the Jordan family slaying is linked to the murders in Massachusetts in Mortuary at the hands of Dawn Kincaid, the brilliant psychopath daughter of Lawler and Fielding. As in other recent work, Cornwell overloads the plot, but Scarpetta’s tangled emotional state and her top-notch forensic knowledge more than compensate.



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