Friday, December 30, 2011

Never Enough Bookshelves, 2011 Version

2011 was an intriguing year for those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. From the Hawaii of Michael Crichton’s “Micro”---to Harry Bosch’s L.A.---to C.J. Box’s Wyoming---to the Florida of Jim Hall---to Daniel Silva’s international settings---to George Pelecanos’ mean streets of Washington, readers were treated to heroes and villains from hither and yon. Cunning villains full of devious, malevolent and malicious intent antagonized the innocent---only to meet their match in the 2011 version of the white knight

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.” ~ Clifton Fadiman.

For me, a year is incomplete without a new novel from Nelson DeMille, Jim Swain, John Katzenbach and James O. Born. I missed them and their wonderful lead characters. I trust that quartet will publish anew in 2012. Another wish is that Ken Follett write a book of more modest length.

“Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.” ~ Augustine Birrell.

While I certainly did not come close to reading even a small percentage of the new releases, I have my favorites. Whether or these are the best reads of 2011, I can’t say---they are the ones whose pages flew by the fastest for me.

Among my reads of 2011 were nine from Ross Macdonald as I attempt to learn, enjoy and profit from the pioneers of crime fiction.

“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. ~ Ann Landers.

Here are my Sweet Sixteen Plus One…the fastest page-turners…the keepers that found a permanent place in my bookshelf. To all the authors…thank you for countless hours of pleasure…you sent me on many a great adventure in 2011.

“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J.W. Eagan.

1

Dead Zero

Stephen Hunter

2

Back of Beyond

C.J. Box

3

The Drop

Michael Connelly

4

The Cut

George Pelecanos

5

Northwest Angle

William Kent Krueger

6

Portrait of a Spy

Daniel Silva

7

Iron House

John Hart

8

The Little Death

P.J. Parrish

9

The Sentry

Robert Crais

10

Rogue Island

Bruce DeSilva

11

Dead Last

James W. Hall

12

The Fifth Witness

Michael Connelly

13

The Affair

Lee Child

14

Hollywood Hills

Joseph Wambaugh

15

Border Lords

T. Jefferson Parker

16

Zero Day

David Baldacci

Plus One

Micro

Michael Crichton

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.” ~ Jeremy Collier.

And, remember, books provided instant replay way before televised sports.

What were some of your favorite reads of 2011?

So many books...so little time...read on in 2012.

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