Between the Covers: Stories from My Bookcase

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Running from the Law

Those who have known me for awhile, specially those who have visited us at home (here at 19th street, back at Fairview, and especially back at our old house in the Seminary) would know how widely read my family and I are. Between all four of us, we own or have purchased hundreds of books through the years. In the last 5 years or so, second-hand or previously owned books have also graced our doors.

There is a small second-hand bookshop at The Loop, located at the ground floor of our office building and I've spent a lot of time there since it opened late last year. I passed by the bookshop twice last week, and ended up purchasing several books on each visit. There was one by Clive Cussler - a Dirk Pitt novel that managed to slip by my dad; a Scottoline that I knew my mom (and I) would enjoy; a Steve Berry novel that would also interest us all; a chic lit novel by Weiner that I've also been wanting to purchase but didn't want to get at full price. And there were more.

From all the books I've bought recently, I've finished Lisa Scottoline's Running from the Law. It probably isn't her best work, certainly not the most memorable one that I've read by her, but it was a good read. It's a lawyer/crime novel but it doesn't get you feeling like you want to become one, unlike others in the same genre. It did nor reawaken my dreams of becoming a lawyer myself, certainly not. I guess what sets Running apart is that it focused more on the conflicts that the heroine was going through during that very important case of her career.

I guess what didn't make it memorable was the author's seeming conservatism in terms of letting us into the girl's psyche. Readers will know there was something wrong, but never really why it had gone wrong. It left a lot to one's imagination, which isn't necessarily bad. There wasn't much mystery in the court case, but there were lots in the protagonist's personal life. There were questions left hanging, but maybe it was only so because I wasn't totally into the book while I was reading it?

What's all the mystery behind Rita Morrone's mother? How did LeVonne end up in Vito's employ? What was the source of Rita's commitment issues, was it simply because Paul wasn't really the one for her? Okay, so that's not a lot of questions, but that's where I was left hanging.

Overall, it was well worth reading. At a stressful time in my life, it was the perfect novel - not too complicated, easy to digest.

*This is a repost from my personal blog


MissKris said...

This one sounds interesting! I'm going to put it on hold at the library and give it a whirl. If you like suspense thrillers, have you ever read any of PJ Tracy books? "Monkeewrench" is one of them. It's a mother/daughter writing team and their books are GREAT!!! I love to read but only seem to squeeze it into my weekends now, the weeks are so busy. Here in Portland we have a wonderful book store called Powell Books with something like a million books in stock. It's a great place to waste a rainy Saturday, and the people-watching is fantastic!!

MissKris said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I have a Filipino neighbor who's lived here in the States for quite a few years now. But she and her youngest child were just over there for a month right after Christmas. Her husband will be retiring soon and they're thinking of heading back 'home' then. All of her kids were born here in the US and want to stay here, tho, so she's pretty torn as to whether or not she wants to go with her hubby or stay here. I'll have to ask her just where it is she's from and let you know!