Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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1. What are you currently reading? The Litigators by John Grisham. A declasse Chicago law firm, whose partners literally chase ambulances, gets a jolt of fresh blood from a hard-working new young associate just as they decide to "punch up" and go after big pharma in a risky class-action suit.

I'm really enjoying it. Grisham is known for his plotting and pacing, but I like the unique sense of place he creates in this one. I feel like I'm in the backseat of the cab with Wally as he takes off on his tawdry and predatory mission to drum up business by visiting funeral homes. I can hear the glasses clinking in the dive where David is hiding from the world. What's missing so far is the tension, but since it's Grisham I'm sure it's just a few pages away.

I'm so glad I'm into it because the last novel I tried, Mother by Linda Ann Rentschler, left me cold. Not only didn't I finish it, I barely dented it because the writing felt so soapy. I know it's chick-lit, but there's plenty of fun chick-lit out there. (It wasn't that long ago I was immersed in my Marian Keyes period.) This read like a treatment for a Lifetime movie. I may try to pick it up again, but not any time soon.

2. What did you recently finish reading? Three Witnesses by Rex Stout. I adored this charming trio of novellas. It's a Nero Wolfe volume, and if you're into mystery series I highly recommend the adventures of Archie Goodwin on behalf of that rotund genius, Mr. Wolfe. But I wouldn't start with these short stories, charming though they are. This book is #26 in the series, and it does depend rather heavily on the reader's familiarity with the characters. 

3.  What will you read next? Not poor Mother!