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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The First Rule by Robert Crais

I am traveling in Europe with my family so posts are not as predictable for the next couple of weeks but I will definitely be posting about Robert Rotenberg's new book, The Guilty Plea, as set out on Features of What's Coming.


13. - 526.) The First Rule by Robert Crais – After Joe’s former mercenary colleague, Frank Meyers, and his family are massacred in their home Joe seeks revenge. A thriller featuring Joe Pike is going to have a high body count. With violent Slavic gangs from Eastern Europe providing the bad guys there are no shortage of candidates. Joe is a very direct man and the book follows his uncomplicated style. Joe’s violent character prevents a reader liking him but he commands respect. With Joe a reluctant conversationalist the dialogue has the laconic feel of a Spenser mystery. He even follows the Spenser approach to detecting by poking around and stirring things up and see what happens. Elvis Cole actually does more of the detecting. Joe handles the action sequences. It did seem implausible Joe was so far ahead of the police when the surviving sister of a deceased nanny in Frank’s home was part of a Serbian crime family. A baby’s presence does affect Joe. While not one of his best the story flows swiftly and smoothly. I started the book Saturday afternoon and finished on Sunday evening. With the taciturn Joe who lives by a simple violent code there is not a lot of opportunity for introspection. Joe is a better secondary than primary character. (Mar. 14/10)

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