Game Theory by William Lange (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

“Often exciting and absorbing, with a tough, hard-boiled style…,[Game Theory] combines the…atmosphere of pulp detective fiction with future-tech gizmos and accompanying paranoia… engaging and well-written.” Kirkus Reviews

“GAME THEORY is both a thoroughly enjoyable mystery and a thought-provoking look at what our world might look like in fifty – or maybe twenty – years.” 4.5/5 stars – IndieReader

It’s the future. Technology is changing the world. But change often comes with a high price. Nobody knows that better than detective Jack Waldron—technology killed his five-year-old daughter and caused his bitter divorce. Wracked with guilt, he drowns himself in whiskey and spends his off-duty hours in a virtual world he created to mirror the life he used to live. But when his ex-wife is brutally raped and murdered, everything changes.

Forcing his way into the case, Jack realizes her murder wasn’t the sex crime everyone believes it was. There’s more—much more. As he digs deeper, he uncovers a trail of clues that point to a conspiracy at the top of the world’s most powerful corporation. While the body count rises, the dangers mount. Before it’s over, Jack is forced to confront his dark past and fight to stay alive against a sinister plot that threatens all of humanity.

About Author:

William “Will” Lange is an award-winning screenwriter and writer. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Film, Television and New Media. He has worked worked for The Walt Disney Company, Oscar-Winning Mandeville films and others. A full-time writer for magazines and on-line publications. Game Theory is his first novel.

Co-author, William “Bill” Lange, spent more than 30 years in marketing and advertising in senior creative positions in public and private companies. He is a life-long fan of Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe, Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee and now, of course, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.

  • Paperback:314 pages
  • Publisher:Pacific Arts Publishing;
  • Published: 1 edition (March 19, 2018)

My Review:

Thank you The Fiction Café-Review and William Lange for this arc.

I hope there’s more to come and this becomes a series!

The story is well written, suspenseful, and filled with believable characters. I could not put this book I had to see what was coming next.  The author references a website in the novel and has actually created that site in real life. It was a very nice touch to draw you into the story and consider the possibility that the author’s version of the future could actually happen.  The main character in this book was Jack, and I was trying to figure what would happen next, and when I thought I had it I was way off.  This book was full of suspense and thrills.  I have to admit that I am not into sci-f- thrillers but this was a great book.  If you haven’t read this you’re missing out on a great book.

Black Out By: Ragnar Jónasson (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies …

Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

About Author:

Ragnar Jonasson is author of the award winning and international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia. Snowblind has been a paperback bestseller in France.

Nightblind won the Dead Good Reader Award 2016 for Most Captivating Crime in Translation.

Snowblind was called a “classically crafted whodunit” by THE NEW YORK TIMES, and it was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Rights to the Dark Iceland series have been sold to UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Croatia, Armenia and Iceland.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

  • Paperback:  276 pages
  • Publisher:  Orenda Books; UK ed. edition (July 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller

My Review:

I am grateful to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the honest review.
An interesting read.

This was my first novel by Ragnar Jonasson. This was a brilliantly paced thriller set in Iceland and it deserves all the praise already heaped on it.  A man is found beaten to death on the shore in Iceland. The plot has Ari Thor, a policeman, and a young reporter working on solving the murder. They are not aware of each other. The book was as much about the young reporter as Ari Thor who is the young policeman in the Iceland series.

I enjoyed it; after reading it I noticed that this was the third book in the series.  I wished that I had read the others before this one.  I will definitely look for his other books.   Website  Twitter