Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wordsmith Wednesdays

Welcome, one and all, to the antithesis of "Wordless Wednesday".

Life is short, people, and I have waa-a-a-y too much to say to stop talking. Even for a day.

It is here that I will commence reviewing books randomly chosen by me off of a list provided by the lovely people at Hachette Book Group USA (I'm partial to shiny covers) , and it is here where I will begin contests for giveaways of the books I'm talking about.

Just not this week. Patience, darlings. It's a virtue, I hear.

Not too long ago, I finished up "The Mercedes Coffin" by Faye Kellerman. It was part of her Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series.

I love Faye Kellerman's writing (her husband Jonathan is none too shabby either). I love the characters of Peter and Rina, and the lives that Faye has created for them; I've been watching them evolve for a very long time.

The storyline for this book involves 2 crimes, some 15 years apart, that have very similar M.O.s.

The first crime is a cold case - the murder of a high school principal who is found bound and shot execution-style in the back of his Mercedes, his car abandoned in a remote Los Angeles park.

The second, newer crime, triggers a re-opening of the case. Primo Ekerling, a music producer, is discovered dead in the trunk of his Mercedes, also bound and shot execution-style; his car parked on a city street for a time before it's discovered by the Grand Theft Auto division of the LAPD.

This book was published in 2008.

Shortly after finishing up this book, I received my first Hachette book, "Trunk Music", by Michael Connelly.

I have not read Mr. Connelly's work before, but I know bloggers who do, and seem to like him. That's good enough for me.

I decided that, in order to get a feel for what I would write about today, I would read the back cover summary. And I quote:

"Tony Alisio finally had a hit. Stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls on a ragged stretch of Mulholland Drive, the B-movie producer took two bullets to the head - the kind of job wiseguys call 'Trunk Music'..."

This book was published in 1997.

Oh, dear.

I'm a little afraid to crack open the front cover. I feel I'm being unfaithful to Faye.

Or is Faye being unfaithful to me?

Either way, I'm intrigued.

I'm hoping you will be, too.


{i}Post said...

I don't do well with books about crime. It gives me nightmares. I just resumed reading The New Moon again this week, and am about 1/2 way through. I am finding it difficult to read because it makes me sad :0( But, i will finish it!

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess iPost: I wibble-wobble back and forth between really enjoying mysteries (I'm always trying to figure out the ending), so I completely understand your feelings.

As for The Almost Moon, there are definitely parts that are heartbreaking and difficult. Which is one of the reasons I liked it and Sebold for being brave enough to bring to light some real feelings that must occur in real life. Kind of like "Diary of a Mad Housewife" when it came out, it sheds a light on a really hard subject, and I think Sebold does it with skill and sensitivity.

Mental P Mama said...

I cannot wait for the contest. I need more books queuing up on my nightstand!

Cormac Brown said...

Few can create suspense the way that Faye can and even rarer still are those that can make rites actually seem interesting, which Faye does exceedingly well.

Connelly based the trunk story on an actual Los Angeles crime case and for Mrs. Kellerman to go back to that case is not unusual among crime authors. If you read Connelly, you will note similarites with Faye's work. Crossovers abound between them, because they are both disciples of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Count Cormac: OK, already! You have the job. Stop showing off.

[seriously, though - thanks for the info:) ]

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