A wild journey through time,
complete with a surprise ending
In his latest book, the author of
Mango Rains takes on a new genre, one which he has successfully
conquered in his first try.
In Paul Millard’s Time Travel
Chronicles I: Fat Tony’s Diner, the first book in Daniel M.
Dorothy’s new trilogy, protagonist Paul Millard inherits a large sum of
money from a former employer. He then, quote: “did what any
self-respecting, formerly indigent, income tax challenged ex-lobster
sternman would do: (he) went on a spending spree.” He bought an
expensive vehicle, threw wild parties, bought land and houses, and
despite advice from other newly rich people “to rent, not buy anything
that flies, floats or fornicates,” he bought a large boat.
After growing up in a poor family,
it becomes obvious Paul had no idea how to handle that much money.
His first wakeup call came when a
woman was beaten by her foreign husband at one of his parties. When the
attending doctor assumed he was responsible, Paul realized there was a
whole world of people who could put this money to much better use. It
was time to funnel his remaining inheritance into good causes.
He donated to medical research in
cancer and Alzheimer’s, but his big commitment was made to building and
supporting a shelter for abused women and children, run by the doctor
who attended the victim from his party.
It didn’t take long for him to
realize the remaining inheritance would not be sufficient to keep the
shelter running, so he enlisted the help of his lawyer to raise funds.
About the same time William Vrill the Fourth showed up at one of the
shoreline parties. The great-grandson of a German mad-scientist, William
was convinced he could build a portal through space-time.
A late night, porch-sitting,
alcohol and herb induced conversation convinced Paul if such a device
could be built, maybe he could use it to go back in time to raise enough
funds through smart investing to keep the shelter running in perpetuity.
Without telling anyone, he made the jump and quickly learned that things
don’t always develop to according plan.
Along the way, Paul experiences
what some might describe as Forrest Gump moments, including meeting some
of the most well-known people of their time. He falls in love, gets
mixed up with gangsters, the government thinks he might be a spy, and
the local police believes he’s an outlaw, which leaves him no choice but
to try and find a way to escape.
Dorothy does a good job developing
his characters and how he subtly shows the maturing process Paul Millard
goes through along the way.
Fat Tony’s Diner is a fun read that
takes readers on a wild journey through time, complete with a surprise
ending. Filled with foreshadowing and red herrings, it’s a must read for
anyone who enjoys a good book. Readers will be greedily anticipating the
next volume in the trilogy, and we hope it comes out soon.
Jeff Lindsay has entertaining new thriller
Watch Me,” Dutton, by Jeff Lindsay.
Riley Wolfe gets his kicks
executing spectacular robberies that no one else would even contemplate.
His victims are always the super-rich, whom he despises as “smug,
do-nothing, self-loving leeches.”
This anti-hero makes his debut in
“Just Watch Me,” a supremely entertaining new thriller by Jeff Lindsay
that promises to be the first of a series.
The plot combines the intricacies
of caper movies such as “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “To Catch a Thief”
with the creepy sensibility of the hit TV show “Dexter.” The latter is
no surprise since the show was inspired by Lindsay’s eight novels
featuring Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who preyed only upon other
serial killers. Unlike Dexter, Wolfe takes no pleasure in murder, but he
displays no qualms about dispassionately dispatching anyone who gets in
The opening of the story finds
Wolfe taking no satisfaction from his spectacular heist of a 12-ton
sculpture, swiped in broad daylight at its dedication ceremony. For him,
the spectacular has become ordinary, and it bores him. He craves a caper
that is “beyond impossible, something ridiculous, unthinkable.”
He finds it when the government in
Tehran, hoping to thaw its relations with the United States, lends the
Iranian crown jewels to a New York City museum. There, the
multi-billion-dollar treasure is guarded by the latest in high-tech
security systems and by both American-trained mercenaries and a
“trigger-happy” contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Meanwhile, Wolfe is being tracked
by Frank Delgado, a clever FBI agent who has been after him for years,
always a step or two behind. Now, the agent has decided that the only
way to catch Wolfe is to uncover his weakness — one that must have its
roots in Wolfe’s upbringing.
So Delgado crisscrosses the eastern
half of the United States, digging into Wolfe’s long-buried family
history. Readers who know how caper stories usually work will have
little doubt who is going to win this cat-and-mouse game, but the
agent’s fine detective work succeeds in unearthing the influences that
turned Wolfe into the man he has become.
“Just Watch Me,” then, is both an
exciting crime story and a revealing exploration of the psychology of a
master criminal. The writing is tight and vivid, the characters are
convincingly portrayed and the action is nonstop.
Bruce DeSilva, winner of the
Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan
crime novels including “The Dread Line.”
Baldacci’s new thriller
spooks and horrifies
“A Minute to Midnight: an Atlee Pine Thriller,”
Grand Central Publishing, by David Baldacci.
David Baldacci made his literary debut
in 1996 with a political thriller, “Absolute Power.” He has since written
novels with blinding speed, many of them action thrillers featuring men with
With his latest, “A Minute to
Midnight,” the author changes gears and offers a murder mystery that spooks
The drama begins as FBI agent Atlee
Pine comes upon a registered sex offender trying to abduct a little girl.
She overpowers the man and pulls the girl to safety, but she doesn’t stop
there. She beats him until he is unconscious. In her mind, the man has
become confused with the still unidentified individual who came into her
bedroom when she was 6 years old, almost killing her and running off with
her twin sister Mercy.
Ordered to take a vacation for having
used excessive force in the incident, Pine returns to her hometown in
Georgia and attempts to solve the crime that happened nearly 30 years ago.
With the help of her assistant, Pine
interviews her former neighbors, family friends and a man who now lives in
her childhood home. Many remember the horrific incident, but no one can shed
any new light on it. Meanwhile, a woman’s corpse in a wedding veil turns up,
followed by another in a tuxedo and yet another in an American Civil War
Pine manages to solve these new cases
and even discovers some surprising secrets about her parents, but the answer
to her old case still evades her. For Atlee Pine fans, this is good news
because it means Baldacci has another thriller about her in the oven.