Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays from Mark Troy

Happy Holidays to all of you.

By the time you read this, I will be in St. Louis. My wife, son, daughter-in-law, grandkids and I are piling into a van and taking a road trip.

I wish I could say this will be a relaxing holiday and I can get plenty of reading done, but I doubt that I will. Nevertheless, I'm taking my iPad loaded with books. I'll have a few hours to read in the car as it's eleven hours each way. I expect I'll get no more than an hour or two.

Here are the books I'm hoping to get to"

The Last Gig, by Norman Green. Alessandra Martillo is a pool shark and repo specialist in New York. The book was nominated for a Shamus.

Quarry In the Middle, by Max Alan Collins. In the tradition of Mickey Spillane. Collins is always a great read.

Breathing Water, by Timothy Hallinan. This is a thriller set in Bangkok and, since I lived in Thailand for five years, I can't wait to get to it.

Critical Space, by Greg Rucka. An Atticus Kodiak book, with one of my all-time favorite tough women, Brigit Logan

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond. This is not a mystery, but an anthopological, sociological, economic treatise.

If past holidays are any predictors, I'll buy a couple more books and come back with a larger TBR pile than I left with.

I wish you all good reading for the holidays. Let us all know in the comments what you're planning to read.

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!



Mark W. Danielson said...

Welcome back to the Lower 48, Troy. Merry Christmas.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Merry Christmas and travel safe, Mark.

Form your list, Rucka is the only author I am familiar with. Don't know if I have read that one or not.


Jean Henry Mead said...

Merry Christmas, Troy. You'll enjoy Breathing Water by Tim Hallinan as well as his latest, The Queen of Patpong. I haven't read the others on your list but they sound interesting. I'm currently researching a Western historical novel and reading George Hufsmith's excellent book about Ellen Watson-Averell.

I hope you're enjoying your trip!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I've been reading Stephen King's The Dome while sitting in Doc's offices and surgery center waiting for hubby--who is doing fine by the way.
Can't say The Dome is my favorite book, but it sure keeps me reading.