I am somewhat of a Dean Koontz fan and I have been wavering over reading another book in his Odd Series that started with ODD THOMAS in 2003. I did read the first book and enjoyed it for the most part. It’s about a young fry cook who can see dead people (remember The Sixth Sense?).
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A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH won the author, Jussi Adler-Olsen the 2010 Glass Key Award. It’s an award that’s given out to the best stories set in Nordic countries. I enjoyed his debut, THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES that introduced his difficult to work with, chain-smoking lead protagonist, Carl Mørck, the detective inspector of Department Q that’s headquartered in Copenhagen.
A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH with translation by Martin Aitken is the third book in the series, following last year’s THE ABSENT ONE. I didn’t finish THE ABSENT ONE due to its lack of ability to keep me engaged. However, A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH runs at about 505 pages long and is told in third person and mostly succeeds where the last book failed. I finished reading this book in about a week.
The story has Carl and his assistants, Assad and Rose, looking into another cold case where a message in a bottle that stretches back 13 years is found off the coast of Scotland. The detectives try to decipher the message and eventually end up connecting the clues from this cold case to the present day where there’s a kidnaping in progress. There are two other subthreads where one involves a rash of arsons involving some banks and to a lesser degree, some gangland conflicts, that didn’t really get no more than a mention here and there. Read More Here
I love reading Christopher Fowler’s blog and I recently ran across this very interesting post he wrote, titled ” How Authors Are Expected to Look.” I found the article quite informative. I’ve honestly never given a thought about what the writer looks like. This explains why some author’s pictures are decidedly missing from their books. Not photogenic enough? This reader just cares about the words on the page (or screen):
Ideally, no-one should know anything about an author, but that’s no longer a possibility. We all have to be, if not actually attractive, at least presentable. We have to know how to conduct interviews, do live radio shows, appear before audiences and wear a tuxedo.
and the paragraph that has the quote that I used for the title:
Some writers discreetly vanish as they become aware of the disparity between their ‘bad boy’ writing and their actual looks. We see fewer pictures of Brett Easton Ellis these days. I’m not going to. Honesty is my natural mode, not a schtick, and you’ll get the Arthur Bryant me eventually. If that’s how an author loses fans, those particular fans can stay lost.
You can read the entire article here.