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18 April 1998
Book Review

Sorry this one is a week late; I was on vacation in Washington, DC and Florida. You can see the pictures if you wish. Now that I have gotten caught up on some of my work, I've had the time to write reviews of some of the books I read during my vacation:

Justice by Faye Kellerman

Another in the series of Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mysteries. The good news: whole sections were written in "first person" viewpoint of one of the people involved in the mystery. The ending is marvelously well written.

The bad news: Rina Lazarus almost didn't appear at all in the book, and there was almost none of the Jewish cultural background. The ending was somewhat depressing.

3001 - The Final Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke

This science fiction novel (continuing the series 2001, 2010, and 2061) is excellent but not brilliant. It was a good read, but, again, with a somewhat disappointing ending.

'C' is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

I've read A through C in the "alphabet" mystery series by this author, and they are all great books for passing the time. The pacing is excellent and the detective, Kinsey Millhone, seems like a real person.

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The plot: two Supreme Court Justices are murdered, and a just-plain-folks law student writes a legal brief that points to the murders, who are out to silence her. Strangely enough, I really liked this book. It seemed mechanical and artificial in places, but was a wonderful page-turner.

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