Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I've read these books a bit out of order, so it's difficult for me to keep track of the underlying "Life of Detective Bosch" narrative - he always seems to be retiring from the force and coming back, and I definitely can't keep track of all his love interests. So, I'm basically just focused on the murder narrative at this point. City of Bones opens with a man walking his dog in the woods. The dog runs off and returns with a bone. A human bone. And so opens a cold case that has been on the books for decades. As usual, Bosch takes on a little too much - sleeps with someone he probably shouldn't, follows a lead without telling his partner, and in general manages to piss off all of his superiors. In all the books, he seems to take a wrong turn (not necessarily always his fault) that leads to the death of a semi-innocent character. But, in the end, he always gets his man. Not sure what Connelly's commentary on it all seems to be - by any means necessary? Or, a cautionary tale that sometimes things buried in the past were meant to be left there.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
I need to start doing these updates in a more timely fashion - I keep forgetting what these books are about!! But, this is the second in the Rei Shimura series...at this point, Rei has semi-established herself as a high-end antiques dealer in Toyko. When she is sent to find a tansu (cabinet) for a wealthy client, she finds herself swindled by a fake. The salesperson mysteriously dies, and Rei is once again simultaneously investigating a murder, and attempting to avoid her own demise. Her relationship with the Scotsman, hits a rocky patch and I'm hoping that it will be over and done with by the next installment, as I find their interactions annoying and childish. I continue, however, to enjoy Rei's immersion into Japanese society, and her attempts to navigate it as an outsider who looks and speaks like an insider. The descriptions and dialogue are sufficiently straight-forward to keep my sleep-deprived attention, but the story complex enough to remain interesting. I mostly love anything set in Japan, so this is a series I will definitely keep coming back to, even if probably couldn't stomach too many in a row.