Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Online Reviews for Speak of the Devil and Jar City

Oline H. Cogdill of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal recently reviewed two new mystery books: Speak of the Devil by Richard Hawke and Jar City by Arnaldur Indriddason.

Of Speak of the Devil, Cogdill writes, "Hawke doesn't reinvent the private eye novel, but he does imbue it with a new and likable hero, a solid story that is reminiscent of early Lawrence Block and nonstop action. Speak of the Devil's straightforward story -- and refreshing lack of gimmicks -- makes for an entertaining novel." She adds, "Hawke packs Speak of the Devil with a breathless pace and hairpin turns. Characters are well drawn and [P.I. Fritz Malone's] complicated history and his inherent sense of right and wrong are excitingly explored."

Cogdill also enjoyed Jar City, writing, "... Arnaldur Indriddason also weaves in a suspenseful plot and rich characters to make Jar City an exciting mystery. If the dialogue at times seems a little stilted, blame it on the translation from Icelandic."

Read her entire reviews here.

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