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Liz F

Do give George Pelecanos's thrillers a try Danielle, I promise that they are not all in the same vein as the short story you read. He is uncompromising at times but not completely dark - his characters do have hope and they are very human most with redeeming features. I love his books featuring Derek Strange and Terry Quinn starting with Right as Rain and credit his The Way Home (which is a standalone)about fathers and sons, with getting my younger son back into reading.
He's not a cosy writer but he is not a cold one either - just really compelling so if you get chance give him a try.

If you are looking for a ghost story, I have just finished Sugar Hall by Tiffany Murray and can recommend it as an enjoyably creepy read should it cross your path and the ending is definitely a shiver-inducing!

I don't think I have read anything by Tessa Hadley although her name is familiar and although I know that I have several by Joyce Carol Oates on my shelves, I'm not sure I have actually read one yet which is a bit remiss of me!
So many writers and so many books and so little time!


I've never read Pelecanos before but I know the name and know he is well thought of. Do you think in the right mood the super realistic grittiness would be satisfying? Perhaps it is the case of good story just not the right time?


I've started the lastest Best of British Crime (No.11). It's not too gruesome so far. I really enjoy it.
I've got a few of Pelecanos' novels — not read yet— and really liked the series The Wire, which he wrote.


I just checked out In the Blood, by Lisa Unger who I really like, and I know what you mean about a sense of unease. I'm only a few chapters into it and already the foreshadowing is making me feel worried about what's coming! Sometimes that's an exciting feeling, and sometimes it's just too much. So far I'm liking it.

I found some recent back issues of The New Yorker at my library's bookstore this week and brought home two of them, mostly for the short stories. They are "Wagner in the Desert" and "Last Meal at Whole Foods." Have you read them?


I will definitely give Pelecanos a try at some point. I think you have mentioned him before. I just wasn't in quite the right frame of mind for a story like that. Gritty is good, but only in the right mood. The characters were just sort of slimy to me, so actually it is impressive that Pelecanos was so very convincing in his writing! I will look for Sugar Hall--it sounds right up my alley. I want creepy, and subtle sorts of stories for my fall reading. I will keep Tessa Hadley in reserve--after looking at my massive pile of in progress books I will wait to check Tessa out from the library..... And we'll see about JCO--I have lots of her books but she is another writer I need to pick up in the right mood.


I hadn't either, but like you I knew of his reputation, which is why I was so keen to read the story. He is very good at what he does and I am sure the mood will arise eventually when he will be the perfect read!


I love those books--I was looking at them on Amazon earlier in the year. Crime novels can be very gruesome at times, which is why I tend to avoid novels with a focus on forensic scientists--too much I think I would rather not know. I read a bit about Pelecanos and will have to look for that TV show now! I am always looking for something good to watch.


I have a couple of Lisa Unger's books--they look like such good suspenseful novels. Which have you read--and do you need to read her books in order? Sometimes I like that sense of urgency and uneasiness you get with a good crime novel--it keeps those pages turning, but as long as it is not too graphic! I read the second of those stories--and maybe Wagner in the Desert, I need to go back and look! After a while they all seem to run together. If it is from a 2014 issue then I most likely have read it! :)


I've read Die for You, Black Out, Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. The last two you would need to read in order, but not the others as far as I know. There was one I put aside because I didn't like it, and I can't remember what it was now.


I have two or three of her books, but I don't think the titles are the same as these. I know one is set in the Pacific Northwest and I bought it in the airport last year coming home from San Francisco. I always like reading books in order when they are written that way--but when you are standing in the bookstore and looking it can be really hard to tell if something needs to be read in order. She seems like a perfect fall, suspenseful read!

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