“The Appeal” by John Grisham

  Genre: Legal Thriller Rating: 4 Water Towers After years of litigation, the small, nearly bankrupt, law firm of Payton & Payton (Mary Grace and Wes) has just won a $41 million lawsuit against New York based Krane Chemical. This is proof that the illegal dumping of chemicals […]

“Savage Run” by C.J. Box

  Genre: Mystery “But this is how they do it. They go after the weakest first. When the mother stays back, the wolves open a hole in her belly and pull out the entrails. Then they wait until she doesn’t have the strength to protect herself, then they’ll […]

“Codex” by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fiction Rating: 3.5 Water Towers I love books about books. “Codex” is an intriguing story combining old and rare books with modern computer games. This appears to be the only book that Lev Grossman has written, if so, I whole heartily encourage him to write more, as […]

“House Rules” by Mike Lawson

Genre: Thriller Rating: 4 Water Towers This book is an advance reader copy (uncorrected proof). “House Rules” by Mike Lawson is due in stores, in hardcover, in June 2008. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com. The back cover PR says that “Mike Lawson is a talented thriller writer […]


There is an online book publishing site that recently opened up. I have taken a quick peek at it, and it looks interesting for aspiring writers. WEbook Main Web site is here. And, for readers of TracyReaderDad’s humble blog, there is a link to a WEbook “Thrillers” project. […]

“The Second Perimeter” by Mike Lawson

Genre: Fiction Rating: 3.5 Water Towers Following “Playing for Pizza” was a difficult task. But Mike Lawson’s “The Second Perimeter” succeeded where others failed. “The Second Perimeter” is Lawson’s second book and is everything you could want in a Thriller…..lots of action and intrigue with a touch of […]

“Playing for Pizza” by John Grisham

Genre: Fiction Buy it! Rating: 5 Water Towers Every now and then John Grisham writes a book that is “off-genre”. “Playing for Pizza” is one such novel, and it is a gem. Other off-genre (meaning not a Legal Thriller) John Grisham fiction books are: “A Painted House”, “Skipping […]

“Perfect Killer” by Lewis Perdue

Genre: Thriller Rating: 3.5 Water Towers Dr. Brad Stone is a well known Neurosurgeon with radical ideas about consciousness and the universe. He is an ex-Marine Recon operative, and……one of 2% of humans who are natural perfect killers. Not someone you would want to pick a fight with. […]