Framing the Dialogue

Archive for May, 2016

The Girl In the Ice

girl in iceIn the first in the Erika Foster crime thriller novels a nursery worker finds a woman under the ice at a pond near his work.  The girl was brutally murdered and the hunt is on for the killer.  Unfortunately the wealthy and powerful family of the victim are not as cooperative as one might expect and they may also be suspects.  Foster enters and the “boss” supplanting another who is none too keen on the supplanting and does not have her best interest in his heart.  Add that to not knowing the other officers and a bit of pressure to solve the crime and you have…The Girl in the Ice.

We’re All Damaged

damaged“I don’t think you’re damaged.’  He laughs and puts his hands on the table.  A few pieces of glitter cling to his skin, which is perfect.  ‘I appreciate that,’ he says.  ‘But I absolutely am.  After the age of about…what, sixteen?  We’re all damaged.  Every single beautiful, stupid, precious one of us.  Damaged, damaged, damaged.”

Underwood, Scotch, and Wry

underwoodArthur Byrne is a writer who had written a very successful novel, then nothing.  Living, perhaps, off of that brief notoriety he achieved tenure as a literature professor at a small college.  As you might gather by the title, Underwood, Scotch, and Wry, Arthur Byrne lives in the past, loves distilled liquids (and his teaching assistants) too much, and puts in way less effort than is necessary to even be considered below average as a teacher.  When he is assigned to teach a course in Social Media the end of his career seems nigh.

The Kill Switch

kill switch“Through the snow-covered fur, he felt the tense muscles of the small Belgian shepherd, Kane was a military working dog, a Belgian Malinois, paired years ago with Tucker back in Afghanistan.  After Tucker left the service, he took Kane with him.  They were bound together tighter than any leash, each capable of reading the other, a communication that went beyond any spoken word or hand signal.”

The Authorities

authoritiesAuthor Scott Meyer is becoming one of my “go to” writers when I want to read a fun, entertaining book that’s a bit quirky and yet not trivial.  In The Authorities, a rich guy decides to assemble a private crime-fighting team and he pulls together an eclectic group of “professionals” with unique talents.  This maybe something of a cross between James Bond meets Get Smart with a pinch of Charlie’s Angels (only the rich overseer part).  The story starts when a young police officer who dreams of being a detective,  Sinclair Rutherford, gets some unwanted attention as he investigates a murder and his attempted apprehension of the suspect gets posted on YouTube.  In steps the creator of “The Authorities” and the rest, as they say, is history.