Friday, March 21, 2014

What We're Reading... It starts with "Death"

 “Death of Santini” by Pat Conroy (813.54 Conroy)
Death of Santini
by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy delves into his dysfunctional family life once again. His father, Don Conroy, was a Marine pilot used to command; on the home front, fists were his weapons and family members the battlefield. As the oldest, Pat took on the role of protecting his mother and siblings from his father’s anger. The parents divorced after a traumatic 33 years and his father became a different person, devoted to his grandchildren.  
 I really enjoyed Conroy’s fictional forays based on his family (“Great Santini”, “Beach Music” and “Prince of Tides”); the movie version of “Great Santini” with Robert Duvall in the title role is unforgettable.  He obviously loves words, but I thought the memoir lacked focus and Don Conroy’s about-face seemed  made for a television movie than reality.

Death on Demand
by Paul Thomas
"Death on demand” by Paul Thomas (M THOMAS)

Scene of crime is New Zealand: a man with a wandering eye decides life would be easier without his successful wife-and then she dies.   Maori detective Tito Ihaka thinks it’s murder, but his superiors don’t agree.  He’s sent to a backwater for his opinions, but the cold case and other possibly connected deaths bring him back to Auckland after five years.  Ihaka is sharp and relentless; he consorts with bad guys and pretty suspects, but he gets results. It’s great fun to read.  

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