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Rereading Favourites — The Top 5 Books I want To Read Again

Following on from Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, I thought to take a look at five books I continue to reread if not once a year, at least on a fairly regular basis. Books that may have spoken to me, for one reason or another, at the time. Books that even now, still resonate with me long after that initial read. And though years have come and gone, I still feel a tug of nostalgia to re-visit these worlds, and these characters. Although I read any number of thrillers and crime or mystery novels now. That wasn’t always the case. Up until my mid 30s, I was a huge SF fan, and consumed an almost exclusive diet of speculative fiction. Then, the authors I loved and knew fell by the wayside, not being published anymore, or they had moved genre, or, quite simply, had died. And the new clutch coming in behind them? Just didn’t hit the right notes, or buttons. I moved genres. It happens.

Secrets of State, by Matthew Palmer

DETAILS Title: SECRETS OF STATE Author: Matthew Palmer Publisher: Putnam ISBN: 9780425281017 Genre: Mystery | Thriller BACKCOVER BLURB A former top expert at the State Department, Sam Trainor was forced out of the Washington establishment and into the private sector, working as an analyst for a consulting firm. As he struggles to adjust to a corporate, profit-driven version of the work that had been his life, he stumbles across an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a phone conversation about upending the delicate political balance keeping India and Pakistan from all-out-war. Yet Sam knows that conversation can’t have occurred—because he is having an affair with one of the alleged participants, and they were together at the time of the call. As he digs into the source of this misinformation, he realizes there is more at stake than just bad intel. Someone is deliberately twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering conflict between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed rivals that have already fought multiple wars. And Sam’s new employer could be at the center of it. WHAT I THOUGHT …