It's only appropraite that Jeff Meyerson is up first. Jeff was one of the first to say he'd like to share what he's reading, and he was one of the first to remind me about "What Are You Reading" when I dropped it. Thank you, Jeff, for always sharing your book lists, and your comments about others' books. I appreciate it. You've often taken the lead when I've been traveling or unavailable on Thursday. Thank you. And, thank you for your list of 2017 favorites.
These start with my favorite two, then are in order of reading.
Michael Connelly, THE LATE SHOW and TWO KINDS OF TRUTH
Definitely my favorite current mystery writer, Connelly starts a new series featuring Renee Ballard, working an overnight shift at the LAPD. TRUTH is the latest featuring Harry Bosch and his "Lincoln Lawyer" half-brother, Mickey Haller, and involves Bosch having to defend himself against charges that he framed a man for murder years ago. The pages fairly fly by for me when I'm reading Connelly.
Jodi Taylor, JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER
First in her series of Chronicles of St. Mary's, featuring Madeleine "Max" Maxwell and her fellow time-traveling historians. Great stuff and another very fast read.
Jane Harper, THE DRY
Set in a small town in the Australian outback, this outstanding first novel brings Federal Agent Aaron Falk back to his home town for the first time in decades for the funeral of his best friend. Long hidden mysteries come to light, including why Falk was driven away years ago.
Richard Bradford, RED SKY AT MORNING
I thought I'd read this years ago, but I think I was mistaken. This 1968 novel was adapted into a very good movie starring Richard Thomas in 1971. Young Josh Arnold and his mother sit out World War II in the High Country of New Mexico while his father is off in the Navy. It's both a coming of age story and a wonderful evocation of the past. Definitely recommended, as is the movie.
Joseph Haywood, HIGHER GROUND: More Woods Cop Stories (no cover art)
This is the second collection I've read of Haywood's stories about game wardens in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This one features women agents and I think I enjoyed it even more than the first collection. I still need to try his novels.
Philip Roth, NEMESIS
This one centers on a polio outbreak in Newark in the summer of 1944, and is narrated by teacher and playground director Bucky Cantor. Very well done.
Edward D. Hoch, ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE (ss)
My favorite of Hoch's series characters is small town Connecticut Dr. Sam Hawthorne. Crippen & Landru has now published four collections (with one more to come), bringing together all of the "impossible crime" stories solved by Hawthorne, starting in the late 1920s and up to the 1940s in the current collection. Hoch's ingenuity when it comes to setting impossible situations for his character to solve never failed - like someone driving into a covered bridge and disappearing before reaching the other side - and this proves it yet again.
Craig Johnson, THE WESTERN STAR
Lesa covered this latest Walt Longmire book, which flashes back to his earliest days as a cop.
Darryl Ponicsan, THE LAST DETAIL and LAST FLAG FLYING
Many of you have probably seen the 1970 movie version of DETAIL, which Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and a very young Randy Quaid. Read the book, and the sequel set 34 years later, trust me. Quaid's character is sentenced to eight years for basically petty theft - he's 18, and something of a kleptomaniac - and two Navy lifers, 32 years old each, are sent to accompany him from Norfolk to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The decide to give him a taste of life and what he'll be missing along the way, via train to Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. I felt nostalgia for the 1969 world I remember. The sequel picks up with the same characters in 2003, as the no longer young Larry Meadows seeks out his former companions to accompany him once again, on a sad journey of his own. These books are only about 200 pages long each, but I guarantee you won't forget them.
Ann Hood, MORNINGSTAR: GROWING UP WITH BOOKS
Probably my favorite non-fiction book of the year.
Thank you, Jeff. I've added a few titles to my ever-growing TBR pile. Tomorrow, Grace Koshida will share her list of favorite books read in 2017.
What am I reading? I'm hooked on Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. I'm reading the fourth one, Broken Homes, right now. What about you? What are you reading? Or, would you rather comment on Jeff's reading list? You're welcome to do either. Please share!