2017 Best Books of the Year

John Dwaine McKenna’s

2017 Best Books of the Year

It’s the holiday season and Christmas is just two weeks away . . . which means . . . It’s time for the MBRs Best Books of the Year List. The emphasis this year is on debut novels by exceptional talents.  They’re presented here in no specific order, the list is not weighted, which means that number ten is equally as significant as number one.  So, Merry Christmas to all, we hope you get to read some, or all, of these awesome novels and receive plenty of others under your tree as gifts!

Best Books of the Year 2017

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The Smack

The Smack

Mysterious Book Report No. 314

by John Dwaine McKenna

The mean streets of Los Angeles are the setting for a new kind of novel that combines action with the troubles of the real world.  It’s about people on the hustle, people who swindle others out of their money . . . they’re called griftersGrifters have no conscience, no guilt, they’re only interested in parting the suckers from their money.  Have you ever gotten a telephone call about a free vacation, an inheritance from an unknown relative, or a plea for help from an imaginary grandchild?  If so you’ve been targeted for a sca
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The Shadow District

 The Shadow District

Mysterious Book Report No. 313

by John Dwaine McKenna

Iceland, positioned at the top of the world between Europe and North America, is a land of active volcanoes, long winter nights and some of the best noir writers in the world.  Case in point . . . the newest crime fiction thriller by international best-selling author Arnaldur Indridason is a meticulously plotted murder mystery that combines elements of an unsolved World War II homicide with a present day suspicious death. The Shadow District, (Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books, $25.99, 344 pages ISBN 978-1-250-12402-9) by Arnaldur Indridas
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The Ways of Wolfe

The Ways of Wolfe

Mysterious Book Report No. 312

by John Dwaine McKenna

I always look forward to any new work by James Carlos Blake, because he’s a master of noir.  He’s not the most prolific of authors, but he’s surely one of the most polished in all of crime fiction.  He’s tackled historical figures such as John Wesley Hardin, Poncho Villa and John Dillinger, among others, with such an adroit touch that extreme violence seems almost like an ordinary occurrence or normal behavior.  His books are masterpieces in my opinion.  Lately, he’s invented a fictional family called the Wolfe’s, who live on the bord
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A Promise To Kill

A Promise To Kill

Mysterious Book Report No. 311

by John Dwaine McKenna

  This is part 2 of our introduction to an exciting new hero in crime fiction named Clyde Barr.  He’s the altruistic world traveler, the sometimes mercenary war fighter, and a man who’s always on the side of the underdog.  He’s the creation of author Erik Storey, a writer who displays many of his character’s attributes.  Storey’s worked at times, as a wilderness guide, dog sled musher and a hunter, as well as a ranch hand who spent time living alone in a cabin, up in Colorado’s Flat Top Wilderness.  He’s also a crack shot wi
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Nothing Short of Dying

Nothing Short of Dying

Mysterious Book Report No. 310

by John Dwaine McKenna

We’re excited here at the MBR, to bring you part I of an event that only comes along once in a blue moon and is scarcer than two-buck Chuck at a gang-banger’s ball.  It’s our awesome two-fer . . . just like the five-to-seven happy  hour at the  He Ain’t Here Lounge . . . we’re giving ya two for the price of one and doing the same author two weeks in a row! The first, Nothing Short of Dying (Simon and Schuster, PB $9.99, 392 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-6073-8), by Erik Storey is one of the most exciting debut novels t
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