By George V. Higgins
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprinted Nov. 2011)
Kindle edition, 226 pages.
Nonetheless, there is something about Larsson's trio of overwritten, under-characterized novels that keeps attracting readers. But more about that below. . .
|There was no explosion . . . just the roar of 9,000 tons of aircraft ripping a quarter-mile trench through school buildings and the terrified screams of 263 children and 187 adults. . .|
I will be checking Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com) very carefully in the future. I recently finished the first novel I bought there, and was pleasantly surprised: in his spy yarn, Severance Kill, author Tim Stevens knocks the ball right over the deepest part of the left field fence.
|Author Tim Stevens|
Evgeni Klyuchenko was not having as good a day as Briggs. First of all, his partner, Sergei Ivanov, had been ten minutes late to their rendezvous, a Starbucks on Santa Monica Boulevard not far from La Brea. Then the barrista at the shop had given Evgeni a regular latte with whole milk and the full dose of caffeine, even though he had clearly ordered a double decaf low-fat; by the time he realized the order was wrong, they were too far behind schedule to get it replaced. Finally, they had run into a traffic jam on the 405 where it meets the Santa Monica Freeway, and the delay had made them another ten minutes late getting to LAX.