Sorry for the title that doesn’t make sense, I was thinking about three, thrillers, and then I was thinking about Micheal Jackson’s great song, Thriller. Anyway, this fall I read three thrillers, with varying results.
If I really enjoyed and would recommend PD James’ Devices and Desires, I won’t necessary say so about James Patterson’s Along came a spider or Sue Grafton’s A for Alibi. Let’s quickly review the three of them.Devices and Desires is an Adam Dalgliesh mystery book. Here is the plot to Wikipedia :
Commander Adam Dalgliesh, having published his second volume of poetry, retreats to the remote Larksoken headland where his recently deceased aunt, Jane Dalgliesh, left him a converted windmill.
However, a psychopathic mass murderer, known as the Norfolk Whistler, is on the loose and seems to have arrived at Larksoken when Dalgliesh finds the body of the nearby nuclear power plant’s Acting Administrative Officer during an evening stroll on the beach.
We then watch the effect a following series of interlocking plots have on each other, and on the lives of the book’s protagonists.
I really enjoyed this book, just as my previous readings of this great author. The more I read her books, the more I understand my dad’s
A good 17/20 is in order.
James Patterson and Sue Grafton books weren’t as thrilling and if PD James wrote and still write Literature, I would regard these two books as ” romans de gare ” or as the English say, airport novels.
James Patterson’s Along came a spider is quite a dark book as it plunges in the messed psyche of a serial killer. Here is the book’s plot to Good Reads :
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.
The plots are simple, the characters aren’t that deeply built… only the character of Alex Cross is interesting enough.
Regarding Sue Grafton’s A for Alibi, here is its plot, still to Good Reads :
PI Kinsey Milhone, in a pretty California town, gets her first case. Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies’ man until someone killed him. Released from jail after 8 years, his wife Nikki wants the truth. But the trail is cold, and at the end is a chilling twist – a second eight-year-old murder and a brand new corpse.
Overall, I would both books represent something to be read if you don’t have anything better to read while waiting for your train / plane.
14/20 to Sue Grafton, 13/20 to James Patterson.