1: Dirty Snow – Georges Simenon: The tale of Frank Friedmaier, a nineteen year old in a country under occupation. His mother’s whore house caters to the occupiers and Frank is restless. He’s a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and he’s just killed his first man.
2: Three Bedrooms In Manhattan – Georges Simenon: an actor at loose ends, a woman no less lonely, meet.
3: Scarecrow Returns – Matthew Reilly: I’m not sure what it is about Reilly. You either hate him or love him, not much in between. I fall down on the loving his work side, but I’ve got a friend with similar reading tastes that I can’t interest. She thinks he’s a terrible writer. His books are action thrill rides from beginning to end. Shane Schofield, code name Scarecrow, is out to stop a group of -terrorists?- called The Army of Thieves, from setting off a device at the top of the world that will set the atmosphere on fire, courtesy of a gas they’ve been sending out and letting the jet stream carry around the upper half of the world. His small group of marines and a handful of civilians are the only ones close enough to get there in time. You see, they only have five hurs to get it stopped. Seven against an army.
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4: The Road To Hell – Paul Levine; four stories, all with hell in the title. I’ve read the first three, all good, and the fourth is a long piece featuring his characters Solomon and Lord from the novel series.