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What I’m Reading (April 2014)

This month, I read some good books, but not any that I would qualify as great, even though one of my favorites, Ken Bruen, released a new book.

Book of the Month: The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer. I’ve been a reader of Steinhauer since his first Cold War mysteries, and he’s now moved onto to modern-day spy thrillers. The Cairo Affair is an excellent spy novel which begins with the murder of a US ambassador and is full of complex, complicated characters. I also finished On the Lisbon Disaster which a short-story precursor to The Cairo Affair.

Merrick by Ken Bruen is another lyrical, violent crime novel from one of the best. Having said that, the e-book version I downloaded from amazon has to be one of the worst copy-edited versions of a book I’ve ever come across. Absolutely horrendous. I’ve come to expect some errors, but this was beyond acceptable.

Life is a Wheel by Bruce Weber is the story of one man and his bike ride across the United States. The bike-riding provides the means for Weber to reflect and ruminate on his life. I really enjoyed this one, and not for the bike-riding aspect of the story.

The Journalist and The Murderer by Janet Malcolm examines the lawsuit filed by Jeffrey MacDonald, the man convicted of killing his wife and children, against Joe McGinnis, the author of the book Fatal Vision. They settled the suit out of court with MacDonald receiving a payment. MacDonald allowed McGinnis insider access to his defense, and they later corresponded after MacDonald had been jailed. All along, McGinnis leads MacDonald to believe he was innocent, which he did not. Fatal Vision paints a picture of a brutal, evil human being.

Some other books I read this month:  Homesick Texan Cookbook and The The Homesick Texan’s Family Table Cookbook by Lisa Fain, Show Your Work by Austin Kleon (about art and creativity), Good as Gold by Katherine Bertine (one woman’s attempt to find a sport where she could enter the Olympics) , The Monuments by Peter Cossins (a book on the Spring Classics of professional cycling), and The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, An Insider’s Look at the Changing Hollywood System by Anne Thompson.


On Netflix, Rectify is well-worth the watch. It’s been described by some as southern noir and others as Flannery O’Connor’esque, which I think might be a bit of a stretch. Still, the first season was quite good.

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