Day: October 17, 2015

Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR Shelves

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly. Book overview: In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that’s been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Book overview: JAMAICA, 1976 Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught.From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

Sorrow Bound: The 3rd DS McAvoy Novel by David Mark.Book overview: Philippa Longman will do anything for her family. Roisin McAvoy will do anything for her friends. DS Aector McAvoy will do anything for his wife. Yet each has an unknown enemy – one that will do anything to destroy them. Sorrow Bound is a powerful police procedural thriller about how those with the biggest hearts make the easiest targets; and how the corrosive venom of evil can dissolve the bonds between good people, until all they are bound by is grief.

White Crocodile by K.T. Medina.Book overview: When emotionally damaged mine-clearer Tess Hardy travels to Cambodia to find out the truth behind her ex-husband’s death, she doesn’t know much about the country or its beliefs. On arrival, she finds that teenage mothers are going missing, while others are being found mutilated and murdered. As local superstitions breed fear, Tess is drawn into a web of lies that stretches from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham. Publisher’s blurb: Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life …and not just his own.

The Caveman (William Wisting Mystery) by Jorn Lier Horst. Translated by Anne Born. Book overview: Only three houses away from the policeman’s home, a man has been sitting dead in front of his television set for four months. There are no indications that anything criminal has taken place. Viggo Hansen was a man nobody ever noticed, even though he lived in the midst of a close-knit community. His death doesn’t hit the headlines, but there is something about the case that catches the attention of William Wisting’s journalist daughter, Line, and she decides to write a newspaper article with a different twist for the festive season: the portrait of a completely anonymous and obscure person whose death goes unremarked and unmourned.

The Defenceless (Anna Fekete) by Kati Hiekkapelto. Translated by David Hackston. Book overview: When an old man is found dead on the road – seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair – police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members – and the police themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

Without a Trace (Annika Bengtzon 10) by Liza Marklund. Translated by Neil Smith. Book overview: Ingemar Lerberg had it all: successful businessman, politician, husband, father. Until he is found, brutally beaten and left for dead, in his mansion in a fashionable district of Stockholm. His wife, Nora, is missing. With no alternative, his children are taken into care. In one night, a family has been ripped apart.Journalist Annika Bengtzon is assigned to the case. As she delves into the horrifying details of this family’s fate, she grapples too with the change in her own. With her new boyfriend she must patch together a family from their respective children and stepchildren, and find a way for them all to live harmoniously. Family matters above all else, but all is never as it seems. Behind the scenes, darkness lies.

A Devil Under the Skin (Kiszka & Kers​haw, Book 3) by Anya Lipska. Book overview: Things are looking up for Janusz Kiszka, big-hearted ‘fixer’ to London’s Poles. His girlfriend/the love of his life, Kasia, is finally leaving her no-good husband to make a new life with him, and he’s on the brink of a deal to ensure their financial security for years to come. Then Kasia vanishes – and the big Pole’s world is torn apart. Convinced she’s been abducted, he must swallow his pride and seek the help of an old contact – maverick cop Natalie Kershaw, who’s been suspended following a fatal shooting. But the search swiftly takes an even darker turn… What connects Kasia’s disappearance and a string of brutal East End murders? And who is the mysterious and murderous enforcer stalking the streets of London? Meanwhile, time is running out for Kasia. To reach her, Kiszka must confront a gut-wrenching dilemma that will shape the rest of his life.

Tiempos de hielo de Fred Vargas. Traducido por Anne-Hélène Suárez Girard. Resumen del libro: Alice Gauthier, una respetable profesora de matemáticas de sesenta y seis años, aparece muerta en su bañera; todo parece apuntar a un suicidio, pero ciertos detalles, como un extraño signo trazado en el lugar del suceso, hacen pensar que quizá haya algo más detrás de su muerte, por lo que el caso es derivado al equipo de la Brigada Criminal del comisario Adamsberg. Al poco, una mujer dice haber enviado una carta que la muerta había escrito a un tal Amadée Masfauré…, cuyo padre se habría suicidado dejando un signo similar. Las sospechas se confirman al comprobar que ambas muertes tenían algo más en común: las dos víctimas formaban parte de una trágica expedición a una remota e inexplorada isla de Islandia, diez años antes… Un extraño club de admiradores de Robespierre, viejos rencores familiares, pistas falsas, reminiscencias de antiguos mitos nórdicos…, y la imbatible sagacidad de Adamsberg y su brigada son los ingredientes de la magnífica nueva obra de la reina de la novela negra europea.

Taxi; Full Title: Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015) directed by Jafar Panahi

IR / 82 minutes / color / Jafar Panahi Film Production Dir: Jafar Panahi Pro:Jafar Panahi Scr: Jafar Panahi Cast: Jafar Panahi (No credits divulged) Release Date: 6 February 2015 (Berlin) 9 October 2015 (Spain) Spanish title: Taxi Teherán.

I’m looking forward to seeing this film soon

Taxi_poster Synopsis
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed  by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema.

Director’s Statement
I’m a filmmaker. I can’t do anything else but make films. Cinema is my expression and the meaning of my life. Nothing can prevent me from making films. Because when I’m pushed into the furthest corners I connect with my inner self. And in such private spaces, despite all limitations, the necessity to create becomes even more of an urge. Cinema as an art becomes my main preoccupation. That is the reason why I have to continue making films under any circumstances to pay my respects and feel alive.

Director Biography
Jafar Panahi was born in 1960 in Mianeh, Iran. He is an award-winning director, writer and producer. After several short films and documentaries, he directed his first feature The White Balloon, which premiered in 1977 at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d’Or. The Mirror premiered in 2000 in Locarno and won the Golden Leopard. The Circle premiered in 2003 In Venice and won the Golden Lion. Crimson Gold premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and won The Jury Prize. Offside premiered in 2010 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Director. This is Not a Film premiered in 2012 in Cannes Official Selection in Special Screening. Closed Curtain premiered in 2013 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Script.

Jafar Panahi’s films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran. In fact only his first film, The White Balloon has been granted the screening license in Iran.

Panahi was arrested twice; the second time for 86 days. The Iranian government released Panahi on bail following pressure from international film festivals, artists and well-known filmmakers and Panahi’s own hunger strike.

According to the final judgment by the court, Jafar Panahi was condemned to a twenty-year ban on filmmaking, screenwriting, traveling outside of the country and giving interviews. He could be condemned to six years in prison if breaking these restrictions. That’s why his past three films were made without authorization.

Panahi has won a number of human right prizes, such as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and The Medal of Art for Freedom.

Filmography
Taxi (2015)
Closed Curtain (2013)
This is not a Film (2011)
Offside (2006)
Crimson Gold (2003)
The Circle (2000)
The Mirror (1997)
The White Balloon (1995)

Credits
Due to the restricted nature of Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, there is no billing block and no credits for this film; only the name of Jafar Panahi as writer, producer and director. There is no music cue sheet for this banned film; the music is original and gifted to the director. There is no clearance needed. There are no performance rights to be paid or declared.

Source: Kino Lorber Incorporated

See review at The Hollywood Reporter

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