Monday, July 14, 2008

Revenge of Moriarty by John Gardner

This was the second in a two part series (according to some articles there was supposed to be a third Moriarty book) and I liked them both reasonably well. I didn't love them, but they were decent reads. I read all the Holmes short stories about a year ago published in The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes edited by Leslie S. Klinger, and that was a great read. Of course the Holmes stories are good, but the annotations really made it worth my time. The short stories are presented in two huge (and handsome) volumes, and there is a third volume (which I was unable to locate at the library) of the annotated novels. I should check the library to see if they now have that volume.

Back to the book at hand: I liked this book, it made a nice complement to the first Moriarty book, but I felt they were both lacking something.

Up next is the first book in the same author's (Gardner) Boysie Oakes series, The Liquidator. Some quick internet searching shows me that in 1965 they made this book into a movie, staring Rod Taylor. That's interesting (at least to me) because Rod Taylor was the first (and best) actor to portray Travis McGee on the screen, in Darker Than Amber. I still have a copy of that VHS around here somewhere (courtesy of eBay), it's not a great movie, but if you're a Travis McGee fan, it is worth checking out.

So when I finish reading The Liquidator, I'll have to Netflix the movie to see how it compares.

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