The Racketeer by John Grisham

My first Grisham, I believe.

The protagonist Malcolm Bannister, an African American and former United States Marine, is an attorney … is wrongly convicted and given a 10-year prison term. …

Bannister makes a deal with the FBI to give them the name of a killer, in exchange for his release and being made a member of the United States Federal Witness Protection Program …

It was the #8 best seller on Amazon in 2012.

I found it OK. … The plot not believable. Story telling good.

It doesn’t motivate me to download more Grisham.

The author hopes Denzel will play the character in a movie adaptation.



Duets (2000 film)

Jane and I both remembered this film fondly. We convinced Brian he should see it.

It was cheesier than I recalled. Paul Giamatti strong as the most important actor.

Duets has some charm. I liked Gwyneth Paltrow back then in films like this and Shallow Hal (2001).

Click PLAY or watch one duet on YouTube.

Duets is a 2000 American road trip film ….

The motion picture features an ensemble cast co-starring Gwyneth PaltrowPaul GiamattiMaria BelloScott SpeedmanAndre BraugherHuey Lewis and Angie Dickinson, among others

The movie “revolves around the little known world of karaoke competitions and the wayward characters who inhabit it. …

I’m hooked on Michael Connelly books

Easily available on audio from libraries, I’ve ended up listening to several Connelly books in series.

Most recent – The Reversal (2010)

In this one his original hero, Harry Bosch, works a case with Lincoln Lawyer Michael “Mickey” Haller, his half-brother.

You get the best of both worlds.

Some fans are saying this author is getting better and better over time. I’ll read his most recent books first.

Lincoln Lawyer McConaughey with Michael Connelly

Bourne Identity film better than the book

Like most people, I love the Bourne films, even the one without Matt Damon.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer for the first on YouTube. (2002)

I finally got around to reading the first — The Bourne Identity, a 1980 spy fiction thriller. Not good. I found the pacing WAY TOO SLOW. Every conversation far too dramatic.

I gave up around half way through.

Robert Ludlum died in 2001. But the Bourne books / films continued without him.  Eric Van Lustbader now writes the sequels.

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Quite good. And a big step up from the Baldacci books I’d been reading recently.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2005 novel, the sixteenth by American crime writer Michael Connelly. It introduces Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller, half-brother of Connelly’s mainstay detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. …

Moderately successful criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller operates around Los Angeles County out of a Lincoln Town Car(hence the title) driven by a former client working off his legal fees. While most clients are drug dealers and gangsters, the story focuses on an unusually important case of wealthy Los Angeles realtor Louis Roulet accused of assault and attempted murder.  …

Click PLAY or watch the film trailer on YouTube.

Michael Connelly, author, thought the film loyal to the story and the character of Mickey Haller. It’s 83% on Fresh Tomatoes though I haven’t seen it yet.

Divergent – the novel

Divergent (2011) is the debut novel of Veronica Roth …

The … first of the Divergent trilogy, a series of young adult dystopian novels …

The novel has been compared to other young adult books such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner because of its similar themes and target audience. …

I’d say Divergent is not as good as either of the other two super popular books. I won’t continue on to book 2.

Divergent the film (2014) made hundreds of millions, but is also not considered as good as the other two adaptations. I’ve not seen it.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.





Black Panther – my review

Black Panther is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). …

I’ve seen very few of those. Superhero films are not my thing.

Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 97% based on 374 reviews.

I’d rate it about 60%.

Not good. But it did have some very entertaining scenes. I’d compare it with Avatar in some ways … though Avatar was far better.

An excellent black cast. And … for some reason, Watson.

My favourite character by far was Shuri played by Letitia Wright. All of the badass women warriors were cool, actually.

I’ll try to avoid the many sequels yet to come.