Tuesday, October 22, 2019

50 Pages a Day Keep the Good Reading... I Don't Know What Goes Here...

What’s on my reading plate after abandoning half of my October TBR?

"When V.I. Warshawski gets word that her close friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a murder suspect, the legendary detective will do everything to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel’s name and phone number on the unknown victim’s remains, but Felix insists he doesn’t know why. Soon Vic discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archaeology—the first clue in a bewildering case. 
But the trouble multiplies when Vic’s long-lost niece, Reno, goes missing. Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her her life. V.I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece’s safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. She won’t leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are cleared—a complex investigation that will entangle the Russian mob, ISIS backers, rogue ICE agents, a nefarious corporation preying on the poor, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen antiquities stretching from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East."

Release 4/21/20
Well, I’m down to the LAST book in Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski series. Well, “down” isn’t the exact word. As the 20th entry, Dead Lands, will release in April 2020. So, as a part of my spending 2019 catching up with Paretsky’s Warshawski series, I’m finally at book 19, Shell Game. I had to take a break from the series since July. I found myself bored with book number 17 (Brush Back) and 18 (Fallout).

Even so, while I'm 100 pages in, Shell Game is decent. Busy. Convoluted. Repetitious. All useful words in concerns to Paretsky’s series long-run female-lead private investigator Chicago-based series. Yet, still pretty attention-grabbing. I’m taking the 50 pages a day approach, though. Just in case. You know...

"Henry Rios is introduced as a troubled San Francisco public defender battling alcoholism and burnout. While investigating the murder of an old friend, he traces clues back to the man’s own wealthy family. It is here that we first encounter Henry Rios’s struggle to maintain his faith in a legal system caught between justice and corruption, a theme that will continue throughout the series."
And between those 50 pages a day of Paretsky’s work, I’m FINALLY reading my first Henry Rios book, The Little Death. The author, Michael Nava, has been writing about his gay, Latino defense attorney (San Jose-based) series since 1986.

And here at 73 pages, it’s pretty darn nice. A touch sparse on details. But fairly nice given its time. Heck, we can say an alluring read too. More than anything it's unique and different beginning with Nava's protagonist's ethnicity, sexual identity and profession. BINGO!

Anyway, I’m having fun. I had to make some adjustments this reading month. But whatever. Honey, reading is reading to me. It’s all about story and timing. These are the stories. And now is the time.



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