Coben is an amazing writer, one of our best contemporary scribes.
His stand-alone books are always good, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the Myron Bolitar series, which he got away from for a while.
Many mystery/thriller series often get increasingly convoluted and unbelievable as the author tries to keep up the pace and suspense and there is a tad more of that than I liked here, but man oh man did I miss Myron and Win and Esperanza and Big Cyndi and El Al and all the rest of them.
Reads like a confusing mash-up of a police procedures manual and random reference books, which then used the SEARCH/REPLACE function to punch in character and place names.
Give it a pass.
Burke is a US national treasure, simply an amazing writer, and his latest in the sacred-but-flawed Louisiana titular detective does not disappoint.
Other than the opening chapter, which could use some editing, a strong addition to the series.
The core of his excellent mystery serial is the unlikely relationship and sexual tension between Cormoran and Robin, who by now are shared partners in the detective agency. Unfortunately, it should be the plot that carries that along and illustrates it instead of having it jammed down our throats and choking the life out of the story. The worst of the four. Rowling says it is the favorite book she has written. I hope she’s gotten it out of her system and gets back to writing good, balanced stories.
Harry Bosch never changes, not even almost 20 books into the series and into his own retirement stage. He’s still stubborn, obstrusive, hard on his partners and has trouble with authority. All good things because that’s what makes him a good cop and the books good reads.
I have no idea if North Korea is truly like Church displays. I doubt if anyone does. But Church writes so realistically, I have no trouble believing that people such as Inspector O do exist in a society such as Church portrays. Fantastic series.
There seems to be a trend these days for talented mystery novel writers to try their hand at short stories, mostly for worse. They’re two very different art forms.