What are memories made of?

I am Missing Book Cover I am Missing
David Raker #8
Tim Weaver
police procedurals, mystery, suspense
Penguin
July 27, 2017
416

When a young man wakes up bruised and beaten, with no memory of who he is or where he came from, the press immediately dub him 'The Lost Man'. 

Naming himself Richard Kite, he spends the next ten months desperately trying to find out who he is. But despite media appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows him.

Richard's last hope may be private investigator David Raker - a seasoned locator of missing people. But Raker has more questions than answers.

Who is Richard Kite?

Why does no one know him?

And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line two years ago?

Could Richard be responsible for her death - or is he next?

Richard has disassociative disorder amnesia and has asked Raker, a PI who specialises in missing persons, to find out who he is.

Raker delves into what Richard knows – or believes that he knows – but starts to become suspicious about some of the people who have been helping Richard find his identity.

The story is slightly confusing at the beginning as there are sub-stories being told also which are inserted into the text, randomly it would appear, between the main chapters. But by half way through the book, if you persevere, which I did as I became fascinated by what was being discovered by Raker, the links become clear. Maybe if you had read previous books in the Raker series this is a typical method of storytelling by the author and it would not have impacted in the same way. But I haven’t.

Nonetheless, you did not need to know anything more about Raker other than he was very persistent even when threatened with violence and even when actual violence was performed upon him. He admitted to being scared but still he went on his voyage of discovery.

I really wanted to know how Richard came to be found on the shore and why his memory was missing and the story drew me in. Twists and turns and unexpected events trap you into reading yet more and not putting the book down.

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Security is big business

Gray Wolf Security Book Cover Gray Wolf Security
Gray Wolf Security #1-6
Glenna Sinclair
Kindle

DONOVAN
He killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promising
life, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. He
should have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from the
wrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshua
died. Now my dad expects me to sit back and let this man protect me? Was he
insane? I don’t care how wonderful Gray Wolf Security is. I wasn’t about to
give up my freedom, my privacy, and allow Donovan Pritchard to follow me
around for the unforeseeable future.

DAVID
My life ended the night my father won a place in the US Congress. Not
because he won the election, but because he died when I lost control of the
car he, my mother, and I were riding in. My parents both died and I was
left paralyzed from the upper thighs down. There’s an operation that could
fix my legs, but maybe I don’t deserve a second chance. After all, my
parents didn’t get one. But then a woman walks into my life…it’s always a
woman, right? We’re both broken, but maybe together we can find a way to
fix what no longer works.

JOSS
She doesn’t talk. How the hell am I supposed to trust the life of my child
to a woman who won’t talk? It’s not a physical thing, it’s emotional. I’m
paying thousands of dollars to Gray Wolf Security to protect my child from
potential kidnappers, and they give me this emotionally broken woman who
won’t speak. Not only that, but she’s so tiny she couldn’t hurt a fly.
Well, okay, so she knocked me to the ground. But I’m not a drug lord with a
loaded pistol pointed at an innocent child. Just because she’s beautiful
and she has these curves that I can’t seem to get out of my mind doesn’t
mean that I’m okay with this situation.

KIRKLAND
Hypocrisy drives me up a wall, yet I’m probably the biggest hypocrite to
ever live. I own one of the leading pornography websites in the country,
maybe even the world.But I grew up in a conservative, religious household
and getting my mom’s voice out of the back of my head is almost impossible.
Until I lay eyes on Kirkland Parish. An operative for Gray Wolf Security,
Kirkland is supposed to be my guardian, my shield between my quiet world
and the threats that have promised my impeding death.

ASH
Three years ago, the love of my life disappeared. I never believed she was
dead even though the government tried to convince me she was. I would never
give up on her no matter what anyone told me. But I did get a little
distracted by Mina Kaufman, a stranger who gave birth in the back of my
SUV, delivering a perfect baby boy into my hands. How was I supposed to
turn my back on them? Mina and her son brought me out of the limbo my life
had descended into. And how was I supposed to know that she was lying to
me?

A series of books each featuring one of the Private Investigators in this firm that provides 24 hour bodyguard security to those that need it.

All the people involved are either ex-Army and ex-Green Beret or related. The firm was founded by Grayson Ashford  hence the name who needed something to keep himself busy and to keep his brother occupied after he was paralysed in a car accident.

David, Grayson’s brother is used as the tech guy – he is rather a computer whiz; and was taught by the FBI, hie previous employers, how to hack!

There is also Kirkland, ex-Green Beret and noted for his charm; Donovan, als ex-GreenBeret and a member of Ashland’s unit, and an explosives expert; Joselyn Grant Hernandez, ex army [not permitted to GB as female!!] who has not spoken since her husband and 6 year old daughter were killed – a female operative(!); and Rose, office mother and organiser.

A generally fun book to read with some different stories but all obviously romances  pretending to be suspense and mysteries.

My main gripe – and this book is not alone in this, is that American authors have no idea how the rest of the world lives! Honestly, 1000 square feet is a LARGE home, our first home, a 3 bed semi-detatched house was just less than this and we had a kitchen with scullery and pantry off, a large living/dining room, a large hall store, and 2.5 bedrooms! And as for a kitchen that is only just big enough to have a table and 4 chairs – well I wish! Our kitchen, which is large by most people’s at 12 foor square cannot manage that – we do have a table and a bench seat but add chairs and well…

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Luck and Judgement

Luck and Judgement Book Cover Luck and Judgement
Luck and Judgment Private Investigator Crime Thriller Series
Soloman Carter
Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Private Investigators
Great Leap
(7 Nov. 2016)
Kindle

Gail Everett must have justice from the corporation which destroyed her father's life. No courtroom has ever found against them. But beyond the courtroom there are many kinds of justice…

Gail gives private investigators Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley a secret file supplied by her father. The PIs start to unpick the mystery - but some seriously bad people know about the file and they want it gone. As a violent gangster closes in Eva and Dan discover just how deadly this case has become...

Friends are divided. Young women are murdered on the streets. Private detectives Roberts and Bradley are snared in the dark heart of a thirty-year-old nightmare.

Full of dramatic tension, with snappy dialogue, mystery, twists, thrilling action, humor and a hint of romance, this full-length novel should satisfy fans of all great mysteries and crime thrillers. If you love Lee Child, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin, Christopher Greyson and the Long Time Dying series then you will love Luck & Judgment!

Eva and Dan and their private business – and their private relationship – are both on and off and full of arguments. And neither is all that successful. And yet they have an apprentice, Mark, who has a lot to learn and in this book, he learns a lot. And maybe he shouldn’t have.

This story is tight and compelling – well written – and with business dirty dealings a core case, the PIs struggle to work out just who used NLP on whom and what the result really was.

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy which has been debunked due to a lack of scientific evidence and its use of an outdated model of the brain works,  and yet its practitioners still claim that through the appropriate use of language you can achieve goals and model/change behaviour. And influence others and their behaviour.

And this use of discredited practice is why I have downgraded it.

 

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Mysteries of the Graves

Addictive reading
Book 1 : Armed and Fabulous is where I started.
Now here was a five star book that hooked me into reading all 8 one after the other!
 We have the heroine – a blonde bimbo who isn’t – reminiscent of Legally Blonde films – with similar behaviours.... the not quite up to it when asked to undertake a difficult or complicated task. The very long lunch hours. The hair twisting and dumb looks. The lengthy time to do the simplest thing. The online shoe shopping when they should be typing..
Oh yes. The shoes! And did I mention the shoes?manolo
She just loves expensive stilettos by designers such as Manolo Blahnik and has quite a collection that grows ever larger. Anyone feel the love coming on? When I was in full-time work I started the day in 3” stilettos; as the day wore on the 2” came out from under the desk; then the 1” flatties and then back to the 3” for home. But all colours and shades and decorations. I had found a shop that sold shoes taken from the wardrobes of films and TV series when they were no longer needed... yeah – really great ones, at a great price.
 She has 2 hotties to choose from. Yum yum as she says.traingle
 She is a lot smarter than she looks and behaves but uses her behaviour to her advantage – until one hottie works out he is being played and that there is a really good investigator – with a great best friend – hiding. And then the 2nd hottie also finds out that she is not as dumb as she acts.
 The act of course is defensive to cover up some past episodes in her life which haven’t gone so well and suits her until she finds her niche. Which by the end of book 8 she certainly does. And uses her bimbo behaviour to solve crimes as who can believe the dumb temp can really be a Private Investigator?
 I am now waiting for book 9 ...

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Flying in the Sky?

A Witness Above

 

By  Andy Straka

 

A Netgalley review

 

These books just keep getting better.

So unless you really need to read all the back story, I don’t suggest you start here with the very first novel in this series.

I didn’t. and I’m really glad, I guessed all that was necessary from what was written in the book I did read. However, don’t let me stop you reading these books in order – it is often the best tactic .

This is an author who has learnt his trade as he has written and published.

His main character is fairly stock – especially in this first novel but with one great unusual characteristic – he flies hawks – taken from the author’s own passion. And in A Witness Above, we don’t hear enough about the hawks – for me. Which is why I prefer the later book which I have already reviewed (A Killing Sky on the 20th August on my blog: Tiggerrenewing).

So just 3 stars for this early novel, but then I find that authors with series generally fall into two categories:

  1. Those who start with a great bang and the subsequent books are more and more disappointing as they run out of storylines; or
  2. Those who start more modestly and improve steadily with each book written – their skills as story-tellers increase and they learn more about the 5 stages of classical story-telling and fit their characters better into them. This author falls into this category – I think.

 

 

 

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