Monday, July 12, 2010

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner's novels include the Jo Beckett series -- The Dirty Secrets Club, The Memory Collector, and the newly released The Liar's Lullaby.

About a week ago I asked her what she was reading Her reply:
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis, shocked and gripped me. Lewis’s account of the crash of the mortgage bond market—which led to the near-collapse of the U.S. financial system—is clear, compelling, and full of intensely drawn characters. The book discusses arcane securities such as credit default swaps, yet I was flipping the pages to find out what happened next. And yes, nearly everybody on Wall Street who jumped into the subprime mortgage market became so greedy that it made them stupid. And they were playing with other people’s money, including yours and mine. “Cautionary tale” doesn’t begin to cover it.

To cool me down after that book, I needed a good thriller. 61 Hours, Lee Child’s latest, did the trick. Reacher’s trapped in a blizzard in South Dakota, dealing with small town cops and a big league drug lord. The novel went down smooth—like a dagger carved from ice.
The Page 69 Test: The Dirty Secrets Club.

The Page 69 Test: The Memory Collector.

Learn more about the author and her work at Meg Gardiner's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue