I am still working my way through Conversation in the Cathedral, but I needed something a little less taxing to give me a break now and then.
So I am also reading Acid Row by Minette Walters
Acid Row is the nickname the residents of a housing project give to their area. It is a crime ridden area inhabited by single mothers and alienated teenagers. One of the residents hears that a known paedophile has moved into their area. A young girl has disappeared. The residents initiate a demonstration against the suspected peadophile (who may or may not be one) that turns into a violent siege.
Just reporting back to say I really did thoroughly enjoy The Historian. I know some of you didn't, but maybe I was helped by not having any real attachment to the Dracula legend. I did figure out the bit with his head way before the characters, and thought there were some things left dangling, but still, I liked it.
With Conversation in the Cathedral I am never quite sure what events are contemporary and who is who - characters are called by different names and nicknames, sometimes in the same paragraph, and characters not in a scene make comments in ways that make them appear to be in the scene.
I'm reading the Downloader's Music Source Book by Penguin. I must admit this book is great for when you don't know a song, and you want to know it. I spent hours looking through this book for songs and songs and still havn't found a song that isn't in it.
Killing Kelly by Heather Graham.
A nice mix of suspense and romance.
I read "The Constant Gardner" by John Le Carré and I found it a well written, interesting thriller.
The title character is Justin Quayle, a British diplomat whose young wife Tessa, a "no prisoners taken" idealist involved in huminatarian relief, is brutally murdered in a distant region in Kenya where the couple is stationed. In a nutshell the novel follows Quayle's quest trying to find out who killed his wife and why. He finds that her death may be linked to her research about a so called miracle drug for TB. The plot is centered along the practices of pharmaceutical companies in the Third World, and the roles First World countries play, specially in former colonies. If it all sounds a bit heavy and preachy, well, it might be that too, but I think Le Carré still makes a wonderfully sympathetic character, and one whose journey you feel compelled to follow.