The Detonator

The Detonator

Mysterious Book Report No. 335

by John Dwaine McKenna

Psychological thrillers are among the most popular of modern crime fiction works, because they give readers a long and hard look into the hearts and minds and motives of people who are far outside of the usual norms of society.  The Irish and Brits call them nutters . . . while we Americans simply call them what they are . . . crazy.  We’re fascinated and fearful, all at the same time, and that makes them irresistible to us, for humans are curious by nature.  It takes a masterful writer however, to look into that kind of a heart of darkness
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Green Sun

Green Sun

Mysterious Book Report No. 334

by John Dwaine McKenna

There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat of a 1980s vintage squad car during the spring and summer of a new officer’s probationary period in Oakland, California. It lets us see what the newbie cop is experiencing, and thinking, in an emotionally charged thrill ride that starts in the first chapter and runs through the last page. Green Sun, (Mulholland
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Killer Choice

Killer Choice

Mysterious Book Report No. 333

by John Dwaine McKenna

A harrowing ride into desperation, is how one commentator described this chilling suspense novel by a debut author who posits the following question:  How far would you go to save the life of the person you love most in the world?  That is what faces protagonist Gary Foster in this devilishly-twisted plot that puts an ordinary man into an impossible situation. Killer Choice, (Berkley/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-58640-8) by Tom Hunt, takes place in the heart of the Michigan rust belt.  In a city
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Down The River Unto The Sea

 Down The River Unto The Sea

Mysterious Book Report No. 332

by John Dwaine McKenna

Walter Mosley has authored more than fifty books.  He’s been appointed a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, won just about any award you could name, his books have been translated into twenty different languages and he is revered from here to kingdom come.  He entertains, enlightens and thrills his readers.  While at the same time, he makes them think . . . about what it’s like to be a person of color in America.  He began with a character named Easy Rawlins, a 1950s-era black PI in Los Angeles, continued with another
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Defectors

Defectors

Mysterious Book Report No. 331

by John Dwaine McKenna

In light of all the nic-nac paddy-whacking that’s been going on for weeks . . . or is it months . . . or, OMG . . . years now about Russia and who did what to whom, and the when, where, why and how until we’re all sick to death of hearing about it, the MBR thought a change of perspective was in order.  So, we’re going back some six decades to the year 1960.  It was the height of the Cold War, when American foreign policy was engrossed in preventing the spread of communism, and the US and USSR battled each other at every opportunity short of
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