Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Thriller — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: Tell No One Author: Harlan Coben Genre: Thriller Publisher: Dell Publishing Company Release Date: 2009 Pages: 370 Meeting: Monday 17th March 2003

A riveting, fast-paced, suspense thriller.

A couple, two childhood sweethearts, revisit a childhood location, Lake Charmaine, for their thirteenth anniversary, with a tragic outcome. Elizabeth Beck is brutally murdered, while her husband, David, is left for dead. Eight years later, when Dr. David Beck has still not come to terms with his wife’s

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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Thriller — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Black Dahlia Author: James Ellroy Genre: Thriller Publisher: Random House Release Date: 2011-01-01 Pages: 383 Meeting: Friday 8th March 2002

Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s’ notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman’s mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot.

The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police

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The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Thriller — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Constant Gardener Author: John Le Carré Genre: Thriller Release Date: 2006 Pages: 506

As an avid John Le Carre fan, having read the Spy who came in from the Cold, his latest novel The Constant Gardener, jumped off the shelf at me and begged to be bought! Eager to share his brilliance with the rest of the club I was quite pleased with my choice – oh how wrong could I be….

The Constant Gardener is based in Africa telling the tale

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Second Son by Christy Kenneally

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Second Son Author: Christy Kenneally Genre: Fiction Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Release Date: 2005 Pages: 463

When New York priest Michael Flaherty he hears that his younger brother Gabriel is missing he returns to the island off the coast of Galway that he fled many years before. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his oldest brother, Flaherty hopes to find his only other brother alive, but first he has to face all the demons he ran away from.

Many years

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The Innocent by Harlan Coben

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Innocent Author: Harlan Coben Genre: Thriller Publisher: Orion Publishing Release Date: 2009-03-19 Pages: 448

Matt Hunter's life has already been blown apart once. A fight, a friend in trouble, and the dull crack of someone's skull on the concrete cost him four years in jail, and a small sliver of his soul. When Matt got out he set about rebuilding his life. He carved himself a job as a lawyer and fell in love with a beautiful woman. The break in the road

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The Book of Evidence by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Book of Evidence Author: John Banville Genre: Detective and mystery stories Publisher: Pan Macmillan Release Date: 1998 Pages: 219

While many book lovers know who John Banville is, quite a lot haven’t read any of his work. The reasons are possibly that Banville has a weighty literary rep that inspires awe and fear in equal measures. My first introduction to him is The Book of Evidence and based on this, his back catalogue beckons.

For a writer of literary fiction, it’s

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The Sea by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Sea Author: John Banville Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Release Date: 2006 Pages: 195

One of the first things that strikes the reader upon starting The Sea is the sense of familiarity on encountering its protagonist Max Morden. John Banville’s characters are certainly distinct from one another but occupy the same Venn diagram of self-satisfied, unfulfilled smugness as each other. Their morality is in a constant state of dishabille

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Soft Target by Stephen Leather

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Soft Target Author: Stephen Leather Genre: Fiction Publisher: Coronet Release Date: 2005 Pages: 520

Although I have not read Hard Landing by Stephen Leather, the prequel to Soft Target, the name Stephen Leather rang a bell with me. So when this book arrived, I settled down to what I imagined would be a good read. Luckily I was not disappointed.

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is an undercover cop, working ostensibly as a hired killer. Larry Hendrickson

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Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Wolves Eat Dogs Author: Martin Cruz Smith Genre: Fiction Publisher: Gallery Books Release Date: 2006-01-03 Pages: 352

There is something profoundly upsetting about reading about any worldwide disaster. The recent tsunami put our all too fragile lives into perspective, but that at least was a natural disaster. The nuclear accident at Chernobyl was a disaster of human making, therefore avoidable, and even more harrowing to read about.

Smith’s fifth novel Wolves

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3rd Degree by James Patterson

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: 3rd Degree Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross, Genre: Thriller Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: 2005-05-20 Pages: 352

In 3rd Degree, a small faction fighting against globalisation have mobilised and are terrorising the people of San Francisco. Calling themselves the August Spies they have taken it upon themselves to eliminate those they deem guilty of causing poverty.

Due to the nature of these crimes the Federal government also becomes quickly involved, with that

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