The NYPD Red series by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is a great example of plotting outside the box. … Patterson and Karp provide plenty of surprises throughout NYPD RED 3. As a bonus, they also inject a number of New York factoids into the narrative. While they don’t go overboard on them, there are certainly enough to give even a native New Yorker pause and education, while those of us who live elsewhere might want to check out some of the landmarks mentioned on our next visit. Patterson and Karp have a winning formula here that does not read like formula writing at all and hopefully will continue for some time to come.
Twin boys grow up in the same family, in the same town. Dramatically different, they become bitter enemies, even as children. One good, one bad. One leaves his peaceful hometown, but when all else fails, the prodigal son returns, 20 years later. … Powerful, poignant and filled with complex and layered characters, PRODIGAL SON is a riveting novel of secrets, salvation and redemption from master storyteller Danielle Steel.
Cussler and Scott (The Bootlegger, 2014, etc.) send detective Isaac Bell on his eighth historical action-adventure, this time tackling the "Octopus," otherwise known as Standard Oil. … Van Dorn Detective Agency top investigator Bell has been hired by the Sherman Anti-Trust Corporations Commission to investigate Standard Oil. But things turn deadly. Spike Hopewell, Matters' old partner, is assassinated in a Kansas oil field. Then there's a Texas oil patch shooting, and other supposed accidental deaths are revealed as murders. … Cussler loves historical factoids: The Pennsylvania-built Baldwin decapod engine was an oil-burner rather than coal-fired; a Cleveland-built Peerless Tonneau car made as good a bribe as a Rolls-Royce; and there's a difference between suffragette and suffragist. … Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series.
“When it comes to what government and business are doing together and separately with personal data scooped up from the ether, Mr. Schneier is as knowledgeable as it gets…. Mr. Schneier’s use of concrete examples of bad behavior with data will make even skeptics queasy and potentially push the already paranoid over the edge. Mr. Schneier writes clearly and simply about a complex subject.”
"...[a] tenderhearted, contemplative memoir... Throughout the book, Hodgman subtly describes the simple joys of everyday life at home...while sharing his quiet observations of the natural world."