What did I do today? Recovered from partying last night. Actually, there wasn’t much to recover from. I had two Cosmos and made sure not to overindulge. We started late and were home by 12:30. You see, I had a book waiting for me, and I wanted to read.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly. It, like too many other good books, has been tilting my tbr pile for a long time. It kept calling and I answered. I’m glad I did. Loved it. And I must say as the wife of a retired cop, I’ve always reserved a curled lip for criminal defense attorneys, I still do because at the end of the day I don’t believe they are nearly as noble as Michael Haller the protagonist in TLL. I just really enjoyed this book on so many levels, and found myself shaking my head more than once thinking, “If a chick wrote this we’d get torn apart.” It was total guy writing all the way. I accepted it and enjoyed it. Why is that? Why do guys get to do whatever the hell they want but chicks can’t? I know of a few awesome chick writers who use initials in their names. Otherwise guys tend to steer clear of women authors who write thrillers, procedurals, or horror. There are always exceptions. Brown, Cornwell,Gerritsen (who I have not read and simply must).
Is it the ‘ol double standard? I don’t think so. I think it’s just calling a spade a spade. Guys write different than women because, news flash, they are wired differently. When a chick tries to be a guy, well, it comes across lame. Forced, unnatural. I like female writers who stay true to who they are and how they are wired. My friend Jake Black wrote a police procedural DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN. She did her homework and while she wrote a fabulous police procedural, the main protag a female, Jake didn’t try to be a guy about it. And because of it the story was seamlessly believable.
Of course as a writer I am forever ruined to reading, but there have been a few times recently where I have been completely immersed in a book. When that happens I know I’m in the presence of a great storyteller. I have two books in my immediate tbr pile. Cindy Gerard’s UNDER THE WIRE, and Alexis Morgan’s DARK DEFENDER. I’m going to order DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, and then move on to PRESUMED INNOCENT by Scott Turow. Of course I need to squeeze in writing somewhere in there, but I really need to broaden my author horizons. I meant it when I asked you all to recommend reads a month or so ago.
So with that I’ll let you go with this question: What is the first book of the new year your are either reading or plan to read?