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Thrillers & Suspense
  • Author:
    Ross Thomas
  • ISBN:
    024111537X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0241115374
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  • Publisher:
    Hamish Hamilton Ltd; 1st Penguin edition (May 9, 1985)
  • Pages:
    322 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Thrillers & Suspense
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    1763 kb
  • Rating:
    4.1
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    378
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Ross Thomas took the talent and time to turn out truly good and entertaining books, this one in particular. Incidentally, Thomas only explains the title, Briarpatch, close to the end of the book.

Ross Thomas took the talent and time to turn out truly good and entertaining books, this one in particular. Is BRIARPATCH a great book? Well, that's subjective because what's great to some, sucks for others. All I know is that when I get tired of the popular mystery or thriller writers of the day-this day- I go back and find a John D. MacDonald or Ross Thomas to enjoy reading again.

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Three or four times over the years, I got to hear Ross Thomas tell how he got started in the writing game. It was a pretty good story all by itself, but the best part about it for me was watching the faces of the wannabes in the audience. Ross would explain that he’d been at loose ends after a job ended-maybe he’d just finished running a political campaign for a friend in Jamestown, North Dakota, or maybe he had recently returned from Africa-and he’d decided to try his hand at a novel.

Audiobook: A Briar Patch can be many things: a hiding place, a place to avoid (as in Star Trek), a thicket of. .Ross Thomas‘ first novel, The Cold War Swap, was published in 1967. It won the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel of that year.

Audiobook: A Briar Patch can be many things: a hiding place, a place to avoid (as in Star Trek), a thicket of prickly bushes, and a place where you can get all tangled up. Ben Gill experiences all of those things in this book. Felicity Dill, homicide detective, collects rent due on her duplex, gets in her car, and is blown to bits. Her brother, Ben, is an investigator for a Senate subcommittee. He immediately flies down to his hometown where she worked and discovers a mystery.

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Briarpatch is an upcoming American anthology series starring Rosario Dawson based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. On December 12, 2019, it was announced that the series will premiere on February 6, 2020. Rosario Dawson as Allegra Dill.

The Briar Patch, Bangor, Maine. The Briar Patch is more than a children’s bookstore.

A long-distance call from a Texas city on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister- it' s her birthday, too, they were born exactly ten years apart- has died in a car bomb explosion. It' s the chief of police calling- Felicity Dill worked for him; she was a homicide detective.

Briarpatch by Ross Thomas - book cover, description, publication history. Fast, furious and funny, Briarpatch shows why Ross Thomas is recognized as one of the finest of all suspense writers. Similar books by other authors. The Last Good Kiss (C W Sughrue, book 1) James Crumley. Every Man a Menace Patrick Hoffman. Used availability for Ross Thomas's Briarpatch.

Ross Thomas is ranked as one of the very top thriller writers by his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Two Edgar Awards, and other prizes, only complement the abundant praise that Thomas has received. Since Thomas's death in 1995, all but one of his twenty-five novels have gone out of print are as consistently entertaining. even fewer can match him for style and power. St. Martin's Minotaur is proud to remedy this situation by reissuing Thomas's novels


Gagas
A creaky plot without the humor found in many of Thomas's other novels, but the local color and the specificity of the characters makes this late-career story hold together. I've already forgotten the plot twists but I haven't forgotten the journalists' bar in which many of them are revealed. Second-rung Ross Thomas is still well worth the time.
Wenyost
Let's face it, we live in a YOUTUBE/A-D-D world where attention spans last about as long as...hey, is that a shiny quarter? Where was I? Oh yeah, it's about where we are at but not where we have been or how we got here. Ross Thomas took the talent and time to turn out truly good and entertaining books, this one in particular. Is BRIARPATCH a great book? Well, that's subjective because what's great to some, sucks for others.
All I know is that when I get tired of the popular mystery or thriller writers of the day-this day- I go back and find a John D. MacDonald or Ross Thomas to enjoy reading again. A well written book with unique or interesting characters and convincing plot twists, not to mention insight to the ridiculous human experience is usually enough to do it. If you haven't read a Ross Thomas book then find one and see if you don't enjoy it and grin as you do. If you haven't read him in awhile then re-read and discover him all over again.
Flocton
Ross Thomas was a master of fluid prose and even pacing. The protagonist/narrator of Briarpatch, Dill, struck me as just a bit flat and unfocused at times. Even a touch schizoid in his reactions to certain dramatic events. There are plenty of additional cleverly developed characters to fill Dill's gaps, however, and the dialogues are, typical of Thomas, brilliant.
Shakar
I've never read a Ross Thomas book I didn't thoroughly enjoy. This particular one was a real treat. I thought the character development and the plot line in this story were especially intriguing. Thomas is always very skillful at describing clothing and distinctive features that make his people come alive. His character development reminds me a lot of Joseph Wambaugh absent the irony and comic touches. Overall, the book was very entertaining.
Naktilar
Ross Thomas‘ first novel, The Cold War Swap, was published in 1967. It won the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel of that year. As the crime writer Lawrence Block relates in his introduction to the Kindle Edition of the political thriller Briarpatch, published 17 years later, Swap “launched a career that brought [Thomas] no end of awards, an army of fiercely loyal readers, and a whole shelf of books with his name on them, in none of which one will ever encounter an ill-chosen word, an infelicitous phrase, or a clunky sentence.” Amen to that. And Briarpatch is one of Thomas’ best. It earned the 1985 Edgar Award for best novel of the year.

In Briarpatch, Thomas ventures anew into the two areas that dominate his writing: the intelligence game, and domestic electoral politics. Thomas himself may have been an officer of the CIA, working in post-war Germany and in Africa. He definitely was involved in stateside political campaigns. It would be difficult to create a character better suited to writing a political thriller than Ross Thomas.

Briarpatch opens as a young homicide detective in a medium-sized Southwestern city is killed when her car explodes. The detective is Felicity Dill, the younger sister of Benjamin Dill, a Washington, DC-based political operative currently working as a “consultant” to a U.S. Senate investigations subcommittee. His boss, the subcommittee’s chief counsel, assigns him to take a deposition from an old friend of Dill’s when he returns home for the funeral. The friend lives in their old home town, the same city where Dill’s sister was murdered. Thomas never identifies the city. But he explains that it is “the capital of a state located just far enough south and west to make jailhouse chili a revered cultural treasure.”

In short order, Dill learns that his sister owned an expensive duplex she couldn’t possibly have afforded. Also, she’d left him the beneficiary of a $250,000 term life insurance policy (nearly $600,000 in 2017 dollars). She couldn’t even have afforded the cost of the policy. Though it’s widely assumed in the police department that Felicity Dill was on the take, Dill is convinced otherwise. He’s determined to uncover the true story and learn who killed his sister. Soon, Dill meets Anna Maud Singe, her friend and lawyer, a beautiful young woman with whom he (naturally) becomes involved. Anna Maud is also convinced Felicity would never have done anything illegal.

Dill’s investigation brings him into close contact with Felicity’s boss, the chief of detectives, and his boss, the city’s chief of police. As he pokes around in the debris of Felicity’s life, Dill takes care of the senator’s business, securing a deposition from his boyhood friend, Jake Spivey. Jake had made a huge fortune from illegal arms deals following the Vietnam War, which explains why the senator is targeting him. However, Dill, and the senator, are even more interested in imprisoning one of Spivey’s former partners—a crooked former CIA officer who has amassed an even greater fortune from crime.

As the story unfolds, this cast of characters becomes intertwined in a complex web of relationships that is difficult for Dill to untangle. Naturally, things will work out in the end, but it takes a while to get there—and there’s a great deal of fun along the way.

Incidentally, Thomas only explains the title, Briarpatch, close to the end of the book. Jake is explaining why he has built a fortune great enough for him to buy the biggest mansion in town and hire a trio of Mexican thugs to guard him. “What I figure I’m really doing is growing my own briarpatch. Grow it high enough and thick enough, there ain’t nobody gonna come poking around in it.” If you remember the Br’er Rabbit fable, you’ll understand.
Winenama
I was never disappointed with any page throughout the book. I found the protagonist interesting and believable and will read other books by this author. Since I am not a mystery fan, it takes a lot for this type of book to appeal to me as this one did. I've recommended this author to friends and relatives.
Marirne
I'm a latecomer to Ross Thomas and heard about this book in an interview with some pundit on NPR listing the best mysteries of all times - on NPR. He was right on the money. I look forward to picking up those I've missed.
This really is a classic of the genre. It's intelligent and the writing is excellent. The tangled plot may have you going "Aha!" a day or two after you finish the book, as it all comes together for you. I highly recommend this book.