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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
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 Gray Man by Mark Greaney

19. - 532.) The Gray Man by Mark Greaney – Intrigued by the description that Grainey is the new Ludlum I read the book. He resembles Ludlum in the pounding excitement of a chase with a lone hero battling fierce odds. It is unlike Ludlum is that there is very little in character development and plot beyond a series of violent clashes between Courtney and his pursuers. It is a solid thriller plot with credible battles. Credibility is strained by Courtney going forward despite fearsome wounds and incredible odds. In contrast to Ludlum there is no secret conspiracy threatening the U.S. or the world. The writing is compelling. It is an excellent thriller when I am drawn irresistibly through the plot. I stayed up until to finish the book. I expect Courtney to return for further adventures. I hope the body count is lower on his next mission. Paperback. (May 4/10)

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