Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: HOLY DEATH (Billy Lafitte #4) by Anthony Neil Smith

Holy Death: A Billy Lafitte Novel
(crime / noir / Billy Lafitte #4)

Rating: 5/5

How much punishment can one character sustain? In the case of perennial bad a$$ and former cop (nee prisoner, biker, and outlaw) Billy Lafitte - a whole world of it, and them some. 

The fourth Lafitte novel is pure action; brutal and beautiful. 

Characters from the earlier novels feature while new character Melissa adds an exciting element to an already melting pot plot as Lafitte attempts to survive these threats and his own demons along, what is, another top notch read from author Anthony Neil Smith.

I love the different looks applied to Lafitte over the course of these books and this latest incarnation is pure terminator - as mentioned in the story itself. 

If you read noir, you need to be reading these books. 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: BURN PATTERNS by Ron Elliott

Burn Patterns
In BURN PATTERNS, author Ron Elliott has Australia's answer to popular international female crime fiction protagonists such as Kay Scarpetta, Tempe Brennan, and Sara Linton to name a few in Iris Foster aka The Fire Lady - a therapist in a city psychology practice who aides the police and fire service profiling arsonists. 

BURN PATTERNS pits Iris against a serial arsonist determined to ruin lives of the vulnerable by targeting schools, zoos and churches all filled to capacity. It's a classic race against time crime thriller that blinds the reader in a smokey haze of misdirection as things aren't what they seem. I found myself questioning Iris' mental health and motives on a couple of occasions based on her risky take charge manner and equally haphazard judgement calls - all for the betterment of the story. 

"There were always people who visited their damage on others. If the damage involved fire, Iris would keep trying to put them out." 

Iris is the kind of flawed character I like to read about and is perfect for this kind of semi procedural crime. I hope to see her in many installments to come.

BURN PATTERNS comes out in June 2016 and is published by Fremantle Press.