By James Patterson for Random House
New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons – the menu, the clientele, and now the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. Shocked and shaken, he doesn’t realise that he’s accidentally captured a key piece of evidence. Ensnared in the city’s most sensational crime in years, Nick investigates for a story of his own. Back off – or die – is the clear message as he closes in on the facts. Heedless, and perhaps in love, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
Patterson is at his gory best, with bouncing eyeballs and villains that just won’t die. The twists and turns are kept until the last page but the action starts as you open the book. Its a quick read, with short chapters that never seem to end with a good place to put the book down – hence the quick read.
Set in New York city, Nick Daniels is a journalist who seems like a likable enough guy, but has a knack for finding trouble. With Nick caught in the middle of a Russian/Italian mafia war, I lost track of how many times he just barely escaped certain death. Good the first few times, but by the end I found myself wishing he would at least have a sleep or eat a meal to make this all a bit more believable.
But really, who reads Patterson for a dose of reality? You know what you’re getting before you even open the book – a page-turner that’s perfect for killing an afternoon.
Dexter is Delicious
By Jeff Lindsay
Everything’s changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn’t enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dex is now the proud father of a baby girl. And disconcertingly, he actually seems to care.
But even if fatherhood is distracting Dexter from his midnight excursions to rid Miami of a few more lowlifes, there’s no let-up at work. Two young girls are missing – and it’s not long before one of the bodies turns up, partially eaten. But as Dexter and Miami PD’s finest investigate, Dex can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching him…