The Silent Wife was a first novel for A.S.A. Harrison, who unfortunately died earlier this year. It has received many rave reviews with the Daily Mail rating it as “Dark as Hell and totally engrossing.” Library details are ISBN 978-1-4722-1684-7, Headline Publishing Group 2013.
Italy 1502 is the setting for this absorbing historical thriller, providing the reader an insight into the times of the Borgia family Popes. Entitled The Malice of Fortune, and written by Michael Ennis (ISBN 978-0-09-957979-3, Arrow Books, 2012) it was made available by Bookazine in The Avenue.
This book is a police thriller, and a bloodthirsty one at that. Written by Guy Lilburne, this book The Thai Dragon (ISBN 978-616-91211-6-9, 2010, 4th Edition, Dragon House Publishing) embodies the old adage, “write about what you know”. Author Lilburne was in the police force for 30 years with 27 of them as a detective, so his hero Sgt Danny O’Brien is a believable detective.
One book that has been truly a best seller is Air America. On the Bookazine shelves again, it is the sixth reprint of Christopher Robbins original 1979 exposé of Air America, the CIA’s secret airline and published by Asia Books in Bangkok (ISBN 9-7897-4830-3).
There is a quotation attributed to Mark Twain which goes something like “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” When I saw this week’s review book on the Bookazine shelves (What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, ISBN 978-0-06-204741-0, Harper Collins, 2009), I rashly believed that it would be one of the self-help books, full of quotable quotes and the principles of ‘feel good-ness’. I could not have been more wrong.
I have to admit that I approached this book with more than a modicum of dread. My knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture is sparse at best. I remain confused as to which item on the Japanese buffet is sushi and which is sashimi. However, I do know that the worst hangover of my life was after drinking hot sake to excess one evening. I have abstained from Japanese liqueur ever since.
Another anthology of thrilling tales (that is the promise on the front cover) from story teller Jim Algie, a well published author who has traveled the world and has managed to recount the tales from his wanderings.
The subtitle for Painted in the Tropics is The Life and Times of Swiss artist Theo Meier, and is a biography of the man who spent many years in Chiang Mai after tasting many countries in the South Seas when younger.
A very different book this week. Vow - A Memoire of Marriage (and other affairs) (ISBN 978-1-4088-2780-2, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013) was written by Wendy Plump and is a first person expose of herself, with no limits!
William Peskett is a prolific writer these days, with several books of poetry, essays and short fiction offerings, and Sweet Song of the Siren (and others) (978-149123-488-1, Durian Books, 2013) is his latest. I have reviewed a few of his earlier published works, including The Last Boat to Samui, which I finished the review by saying “I did enjoy the vignettes of ex-pat foibles taken to the point of no return, as I am sure you will as well.” Consequently I began reading Sweet Song of the Siren with some anticipation.