August 21, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: August 21, 2009

What's the best book you've read recently? (with recently being defined as "in 2009")

I have read so many good books this year, it's truthfully hard to choose just one. So I am selecting one fiction and one nonfiction book.

Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen

Smoky Barrett is a tough talking, complicated and intelligent woman who heads a team of Los Angeles investigations in the serial crimes unit of the FBI. She is also tormented, tortured and flawed, having lost her family a year earlier to a serial killer, who managed to physically scar Smoky. She is back to work and assigned to hunt down a new serial killer, known as Jack Jr., who believes he's a descendant of the original Jack the Ripper and who is busy killing prostitutes with websites, taping his "encounters" and then sending the tapes to Smoky and her team. There is also a touch of romance added into the mix by a handsome bodyguard who wants to deepen his friendship with Smoky.

While there is nothing plotwise that's unique, McFadyen is a terrific storyteller and this book will grab you and hold you hostage until you finish it. It's refreshing to see a female protagonist who's attractive (but not model gorgeous) but flawed, who's strong but emotional and who possesses a real insight into the murderous mind. This book, however, is somewhat grisly with regard to certain crime scenes and there is language that may be offensive to some (the FBI agents talk like, well, cops). This book is first in a series of three (with the fourth due out this fall).

Columbine by Dave Cullen

As I reviewed this book back in May, rather than repost the review in its entirety, here is a link to that review.

I know some people generally don't care for nonfiction or true crime but this really was a remarkable work of true journalism that got to the heart of the matter, rather than reporting sensationalistic details. Should be a must read in all schools.


Jenny said...

Have you read The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb? I was wondering how his "fiction" accounting of the events were compared to this book.

Lizzie said...

I have not read anything by him, if you like story tellers try, Susan Hills "The man in the picture" great thrilling short story!