SET IN 1908-1910 SAN FRANCISCO, THE MAXWELL VENDETTA AND THE SECOND VENDETTA DESCRIBE A FAMILY’S STRUGGLE AGAINST A MARAUDER INTENT ON DESTROYING EVERY TRACE OF THEM AND THEIR LEGACY.
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THE MAXWELL VENDETTA
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comprise two volumes of a trilogy of historical thrillers set in 19th and early twentieth century San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada.
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TWISTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. - I was steered toward Marjorie Brody’s Twisted by friend and mentor author Les Edgerton. Brody bills herself as an author of psychological suspense, and there’s plenty of truth in that sobriquet. Starting with the title, a word which conveys multiple layers of meaning both about the plot and the characters, Brody pulls us into a world … Continue reading TWISTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. MISSING MARTIN - Many of us oldsters recall The Return of Marin Guerre, the 1982 film with Gerard Depardieu which details the return of a man to a family he left years earlier. Few of us know that the film (and its later remake, Sommersby, set in the American Civil War) know that the genesis of the film was the … Continue reading MISSING MARTIN A EUPHORIC READ - Never read anything quite like it. Euphoria was an unexpectedly unique and absorbing experience. Lily King martook me into a world I’d never explored–the personal realm of those early anthropologists such as Margaret Mead and Bronislaw Malinowski as they investigated the primitive tribes they discovered in distant jungles. I read some Mead years ago, but it … Continue reading A EUPHORIC READ OLD CHESNUTT’S - I’m chagrined to confess that I only recently became aware of the prominent African-American author, Charles W. Chesnutt. He produced the majority of his work in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and is perhaps best known for his Conjure Tales, which are set in the American south among the poor black post-slavery population. I … Continue reading OLD CHESNUTT’S MY ABSALOM - It seems to be my month for revisiting. First is was Camus, now Faulkner. Bill was much the more rewarding, if more difficult. Why Absalom? Well, like so many of my reading choices, it stemmed from the experience of a friend/neighbor (also named Bill) who shares my love for Faulkner, but was having a hard … Continue reading MY ABSALOM DINNER WITH CELIA - It’s been five years since I last visited Olen Steinhauer, and the absence has been too long. Liberation Movements and particularly The Bridge of Sighs proved that he is much more than a masterful creator of thrillers. He also delves into character and creates voices on a par with top-notch people like Ian McEwan. Maybe that’s extravagant … Continue reading DINNER WITH CELIA STRANGER NO MORE - I wanted to read Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation the moment i saw it advertised. However, I knew I had to reread The Stranger first. I hadn’t touched the book for decades, had not been thrilled by it the first time around, so was thinking I’d had enough learning under my belt to appreciate it by now. Expectations partly … Continue reading STRANGER NO MORE RIVER KWAI ON STEROIDS - Boy do I hate to badmouth Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to The Deep North. I respect the Man Booker prize above all other literary awards, but I think they misfired with this one. Flanagan has given us a superbly realized setting full of terrific characters with great names–how can you beat Dorrigo Evans for a protagonist? … Continue reading RIVER KWAI ON STEROIDS