Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thriller Thursday

First, to all who have stepped away from the turkey to check in here, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Yes, even though I'm from across the pond, I can appreciate a fine tradition such as this.

Second, and just to be ornery, I'm breaking from tradition with both of my book recs...


I'm going with MINE ALL MINE by Adam Davies. I bought this book while I was experimenting with writing a more light-hearted style myself, and this is a fantastic example of that. Still a crime novel, it's probably more of a crime "caper." So, not a thriller as such but I highly recommend it. Here's the plot synopsis, from Publisher's Weekly:

"a hilarious caper narrated by down-on-his-luck good guy Otto Starks. Having worked his entire life to become a top-notch pulse (highly specialized security guard), Otto falls from grace when several of the works of art under his watch are stolen by the Rat Burglar."

See, a caper. Dashed good one, too.


The break with tradition in this category is that I've not read this book (yet): THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson. However, I've had three people, totally independently, recommend it to me. People whose taste I trust, no less. So it's on my list, and maybe it should be on yours.

Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor in the city. Publisher's Weekly said: "This book is everything popular history should be, meticulously recreating a rich, pre-automobile America on the cusp of modernity, in which the sale of "articulated" corpses was a semi-respectable trade and serial killers could go well-nigh unnoticed." Can't wait, me.


  1. Incredible book, must read. Reads like a novel but is factual. Politics, murder, meyham, turn of the century life. You won't be able to put it down.

  2. "The Devil in the White City" is absolutely fantastic. If you haven't had a chance read it yet, do so. Bump it to the front of the line.

    If I may, I would like to offer a recommendation for a future fiction book - "A Conspiracy of Paper" by David Liss.


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