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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

The Long Fall

The Long Fall - Walter Mosley I discovered Easy Rawlins a few years back and grew to like Walter Mosley. I moved on to his Fearless Jones series, although the character I liked the best in those books was Fearless' friend, Paris Minton. So anyway, I figured I'd check out the Leonid McGill series. This is the first of them. I'll likely read another in the next couple of weeks.

Leonid McGill is a private detective who used to specialize in finding ways to solve problems, often by framing people who might or might not have been guilty of something. It didn't matter. Someone wanted to pay for a guy to get fingered, McGill would find a way to do it. But, before this book starts, he's seen that this might not be the best way to run his life, so he tries to go straight, only fingering people who deserve it. But he does have a family to feed, so he has to take jobs that come.

This story is a bit convoluted and not all that easy to follow. First, he's to find some kids who were friends some dozen or so years previously. But he only had their nick names for a beginning. He finds them, and people begin dying. Someone even tries to kill McGill. He's got to figure all this out. In the mean time, one of his sons is getting himself into trouble and he has to bail the son out. And so forth. McGill lives a very complex life, and following along is rather interesting, albeit confusing at times.