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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

Eight in a Box by Raffi Yessayan

9. - 522.) Eight in a Box by Raffi Yessayan – Few mysteries have left me feeling creepy. Yessayan accomplished the task. A serial killer in Boston is stalking women, killing them in their homes and leaving behind a bathtub full of blood. The bodies have disappeared. New homicide detective, Angel Alves, is enveloped in the investigation of the murders. His home life suffers from the commitment. Assistant DA, Conrad Darget, is part of the investigation while carrying on his many duties prosecuting cases. I knew the author was a lawyer from the profusion of cases thrown the prosecutors, the challenges of preparation for cases, the youngest lawyers getting the simplest cases and the exchanges between the lawyers. For a change not all the lawyers are brilliant. The writing is competent but the dialogue does not always ring true. What is exceptional is the conclusion. While it eventually becomes chillingly clear it is an ending different from any I have read in several years. Hollywood would never use this resolution. (Mar. 1/10)

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