Books — Caught, The First Rule, The Fourth Assassin

* “Caught”:amazon by Harlan Coben. I love Coben and this book is ok but felt a little choppy. Some side characters introduced and discarded just to service the plot, and the ending felt a little scattered as if Coben toyed with multiple endings. Not his best. I’d say 3 stars. The Coben fanboys on Amazon give it 4.5 stars, they need to get out more.
* “The First Rule”:amazon by Robert Crais. Solid Joe Pike tale about Eastern European crime gangs in LA. Believable plot twists, much more compelling than the Coben above. I give it 3.5 stars, Amazon says 4.
* “The Fourth Assassin”:amazon by Matt Beynon Rees. A Palestinian visitor to the US is entangled in politics, crimes, and murders involving Palestinian emigres in NY. No idea how accurate the depiction of the Palestinian community is, but I found it engaging. Some of the plot leaps were a little unrealistic — I am not convinced NYPD cops would overlook a beheading in exchange for some information on a murder plot — but still good. 3.5 stars from me, Amazon says 4.

2 Replies to “Books — Caught, The First Rule, The Fourth Assassin”

  1. In retrospect maybe I should up your score a little! For visiting my blog 🙂

    No seriously tho, your characters are certainly more memorable than the Coben characters above and also more memorable and more fully imagined than the Joe Pike character (no shock there, Joe is a bit of a cartoon character).

    Freaky that you all share the same agent, no idea what that is about! Perhaps your agent has been sneaking books into my house.

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