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4/series set in Tudor England, starring lawyer Matthew Shardlake. The grisly murder of one of Matthew's closest friends draws him back into the Court's orbit. After a chief coroner tries to sweep the murder under a rug, Archbishop Cranmer summons Matthew and his law clerk Jack Barak to Lambeth Palace. The Seymour brothers, powerful courtiers, are involved in keeping the murder quiet as well. The struggle between reformists and ailing, overweight, newly-conservative King Henry VIII. Bishop Bonner, with the king's approval, scours the city for those who do not hew to the religion du jour. Punishment is quick and horrific, justice non-existent. Click below for more...
16/series (now running to almost 30) starring retired FBI profiler Gregor Demarkian. With a supporting cast of Armenian-Americans, plus Bennis Hannaford, whom Gregor's afraid he loves. Bennis, visiting the very posh countryside of northwest Connecticut, pays a duty visit to haughty and cold-blooded Margaret Anson. Slipping out for a smoke, Bennis discovers the body of Kayla Anson, a young heiress and media darling, strangled. An area composed of tiny towns with few police stations (a "resident trooper" was the norm), Gregor is soon invited to consult. Click below for more...
"Why can't we all get along?" Or at least try. Politics today has become so poisonous that reviewing a well-known political book by a well-known political columnist and author is a form of blogocide. So be it. For any American interested in a history of the Tea Party's influence on conservative (Republican) policy, this book is a gold mine of information. All of it documented. It was published at the beginning of Donald Trump's rise, so his comments about that well-known figure are peripheral and brief. Click below for a bit more...