Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham (♦♦♦♦)

It has taken me a while to post anything and it is because I’ve become lazy every time I think about going to the movies or starting a new book. Luckily, I could finish Ghost Walk by Heather Graham and I hereby posted my review.

An undercover FBI agent named Tom Garfield, known to all to be “cleaned as a whistle”, mysteriously dies in New Orleans of a heroin overdose. Within hours, Andrea Ciello (Andy), who--in the company of Nikki DuMonde--is one of the last few people to see Garfield alive, is dead also of a heroin overdose. Unlike Garfield, Andy has a past of drug addiction; thus, very few suspect foul play…
Waking from a daze at four o’clock in the morning, Nikki Du Monde sees at the end of her bed the image of Andy asking her for help. She dismisses the sight as a prank, though hours later she learns that Andy died at precisely the time she saw her. Was Andy’s sight a ghost? Absolutely. Nikki must learn to communicate with the beyond if she wants to stay alive, for it seems that the dark forces that took her friend’s life are intent on taking hers as well.

Meanwhile, Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator, is sent to New Orleans to probe Garfield’s death. Brent learns that Garfield’s ghost is making appearances around the city and he partners with Nikki to conjure the agent’s ghost to find out the motive behind his killing.

I liked this book, though I found the ending implausible; not the general idea, just the way the conclusions were arrived at and further explained as if to make sense of it all. Despite that flaw, the rest of the story is compelling and engaging, the characters very well outlined. The legends of New Orleans are as quaint as the city itself. I felt the urge to book a trip!

The romance is scorching hot, and despite of making me almost forget this is a mystery, I found it quite refreshing.

This is the second book I read by Heather Graham. I previously read Ghost Shadow, which I also reviewed in this site.


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