6 Degrees of Separation: Less Than Zero

November 5, 2017 | 5 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

Zero Day (which I read last year) is the first book in David Baldacci’s series about war hero John Puller, now a top investigator in the US Army’s CID. I tend to read mostly police procedurals, but I quite enjoyed this series.

Another thriller series that I read last year, and where the main character is not a member of the police, is Jeff Abbott’s series about Sam Capra, a former CIA agent turned international spy. The fifth, and last, book in the series is called The First Order.

The First Prophet by Kay Hooper is the first book in a series called The Bishop Files. It is acctually a spin-off of Hooper’s other series Bishop/Special Crimes Unit about a special group of FBI agents with psychic abilities which I binge-read a few years ago.

I’m normally not a big fan of books with a paranormal theme, but another exception is The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young. It is also another example of a book I enjoyed where the main character is not a member of the police; she’s a journalist/writer who plays an important part in both solving an old mystery and preventing a new crime.

The main character in Spåren på bryggan (The Tracks on the Pier) by Lars Rambe is also a journalist (named Fredrik Gransjö) who plays a big part in solving an old crime from 1965, as well as stopping a current crime spree.

I cannot resist making the final link to one of my all-time favourite books: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Like in Spåren på bryggan, its main character is a male journalist looking into an old case (from 1966).

This time, my chain took me from Less Than Zero, via series involving different government agencies and crime-solving journalists, to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Less Than Zero, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.