Monday, December 23, 2013

Favorite Books of the Year

My ten favorite books of the year. 

I enjoyed all of the stories in Joe Hill's book, but I'm really picking this for "Pop Art," one of the strangest, saddest, most memorable pieces of fiction I read this year.

This is the first Sophie Hannah book I've read, and I'm looking forward to many more. A creepy, psychological thriller with a great premise.

Back in 1967, Deighton took some time off from writing cold war spy thrillers to write this semi-comic tale of three con artists. So much fun.

If you've ever seen a Law and Order (I'm speaking to all of you), then this police procedural will seem familiar, except that this was one of the very first, as the author follows the police as they track down a missing college girl. Riveting stuff, even though it now seems familiar.

Rendell writes a creepy, and surprisingly moving, psychological thriller, about a twisted mother-daughter relationship. Ruth Rendell has never really let me down.

Maybe this book is only for true Fleming fans (it's certainly not going to thrill fans of the Roger Moore films, for example), but reading this was both comforting and thrilling. Boyd nailed it. For one thing, he got the drinking right. Bond likes an occasional martini, but he is really a whiskey-and-soda man.

The blueprint for the movie, so it didn't really excite as I read it, but it's so good, and I can only imagine what it must have been like to be reading this book without knowing how it ends.

Best contemporary page-turner I've read in a couple of years. A solid, beautifully-written mystery about a woman with amnesia and the men who love her.

One of JDM's iciest thrillers. Immoral men at a weekend conference destroying lives around them. Unrelenting, and timely, even though it was published in 1962.

A perfect thriller by a true master.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Audiobook Image

Just discovered this on the HarperCollins website. Slightly different image than the cover of my book, because you can see a little more of the girl underwater. I like it.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coen Brothers Ranked

In honor of Inside Llewyn Davis, opening this week, here is my own personal ranking of the Coen Brothers' films. When I had trouble ranking them, I simply thought to myself, which would I take to my personal desert island?

FYI, the number one choice was a no-brainer, as was number fifteen. Here they are, best to worst: