I have a lot of time to read and I go through a lot of books. I found these five books to be sufficiently outstanding, that I have read and/ or listened to a reading of each of these, twice. A Place of Execution is a “can’t put it down, page-turner”. I would like to hear your views on these or similar books.
Val McDermid, A Place of Execution, Penguin Books Canada, 1999, Brillantine Audio, 2004
“This superb novel should make Gold Dagger-nominee McDermid’s reputation and bring her new readers in droves. It’s December 1963 and teenage girls all over Britain are swooning to the Beatles’ “”I Want to Hold Your Hand.”” In the tiny, remote village of Scardale, Derbyshire, 13-year-old Alison Carter is envied by her peers because her stepfather buys her all the latest records. When Alison goes missing one dark night, Dist. Insp. George Bennett takes control of the case, despite being new to the job and the district. Other children have gone missing recently from towns and cities in the north, but somehow Alison’s case is different. Although the police feverishly track down clues and organize searches over the moors, any hope that they’ll find the girl fades as the days go by. Obsessed by the case, George is tormented by his lack of success and by the suffering of Alison’s mother. Little more can be said without giving away key plot points, but McDermid spins a haunting tale whose complexity never masks her adroitness at creating memorable characters and scenes. Her narrative spell is such that the reader is immersed immediately in the rural Britain of the early ’60s. She clearly did extensive research on how police work was done at the time, and it has paid off beautifully. The format of the novel is unusual, with much of it purporting to be a true crime book, but McDermid keeps the suspense taut, and her pacing never flags. This is an extraordinary achievement, and it’s sure to be on many lists of the best mysteries.” Publisher’s Review, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-312-26632-5
Val McDermid. Forensics,: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime , Wellcome, July 7, 2015
” The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.” Audible Review
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens,: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND, HarperCollins, 443 pages, 2014
“One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? Bold, wide ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage…and our future” Publisher’s Review
Leonard Shlain, Leonardo’s Brain:: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius, Release Date:10-07-14
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
“Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy (yes), and then employing state of the art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.” Audiobooks Review
Addy Pross. What is Life, How chemistry becomes biology.
Oxford University Press,(2012,2014)
“[Pross] demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper and more fundamental chemical principle: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous coherent chemical process governed by a simple definable principle.Strikingly, he demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper and more fundamental chemical principle: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous coherent chemical process governed by a simple definable principle.” Audiobooks Review
Charles Clanton Rogers July 31, 2015