Another book about growing up in the fifties, this time in smalltown Britain. A tragic story about two girls growing up, one who gets beaten at home by her parents, whereas the other gets chased by an old man who kisses her every time his wife isn't there. In between the terrible bits, the girls are like real girls, they play, go to school and have to help in the shops of their parents. I liked reading it, at some points the story is very touching, though by some people it might be considered a book for softies.
87. Ed McBain - Jack and the beanstalk
I've read dozens by him now, mostly about the famous 87th precinct, though only recently discovered Matthew Hope, the Florida attorney who starrs in many of his other books. Simple whodunnit stories are nice to read inbetween heavier books, light reading and with McBain I know I can't go wrong. There are only a few detective authors that I consider worth reading, he is one of them. McBain also is known as Evan Hunter and writes books that are a tad more difficult and have something more to them. I just read a review of his latest book which was a cooperation between Hunter and McBain. Hmm, nice idea, might be worth trying.
88. Karen Kijewski - Kat's cradle
And she's another one. This series is about Sacramento P.I. Kat Colorado. I started reading her books coincidentally last year. The first book I read by her was a misprint, though I didn't realise until later when I found thirty something pages for the second time, with the same number completely missing. I still got the plot though, which does say something. Not heavy literature then. I still tried a next one and enjoyed it, have read at least 5 by now and still like reading them. Kat always ends up in a different part of society, adapts easily, has problems with her boyfriend Hank, throughout the book discovers that things aren't as everybody wants her to believe, gets into problems herself but always survives and solves the problems in the end. Sometimes it's fun to read books that are predictable.
89. Jonathan Marlen - The greening of Copeland park
A simple story about a park in Darlington, a famous suburb in Sydney in between the center of town and the extreme underworld of Kings Cross. The neighbourhood sees the park go downhill and starts doing things about it, as the city council obviously doesn't. Nothing special about this book, though if you now (more or less) where it's based, you read it differently. Some of the characters in the book are interesting, you do feel that you get to know them a bit. For 50 cents a good buy.
90. Chuck Wachtel - Joe the engineer
Another one for 50 cents, same category I'd say. Some funny things, some good ideas, though nothing special. Joe and his wife have plenty of problems, the standard lower middel class things I'd say, in this case exaggerated. Based in New York, I still had the idea that this book was aimed for an English public, though I don't know where I got that idea. Passed the time, if you're bored read it, if you've found something else, forget it.