Bearskin

Bearskin

Mysterious Book Report No. 350

by John Dwaine McKenna

There is a quiet, but ongoing—and growing—conflict in America, in which well-intentioned, ultra-wealthy individuals are buying up huge parcels of undeveloped land and forests, which they then put into Nature Conservancies . . . places where, they hope, all things of and in the earth will flourish as they did before the emergence of mankind.  Human beings, due to their rapacious and destructive nature, are strictly forbidden from any contact with, or entry into, the designated area.  Which puts the absentee owners into immediate conflict with the local,
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Spy Across The Table

The Spy Across The Table

Mysterious Book Report No. 290

by John Dwaine McKenna

Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one.  I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future.  In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will be released that I think will be the hottest read of the summer season, if not the whole year.  I know, I know, that’s a bold statement, but it’s one helluva bold book. The Spy Across The Table,
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Blood On The Tracks

Blood on the Tracks

Mysterious Book Report No. 330

by John Dwaine McKenna

It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or public librarians, administrators and professional women, the core group of which—including June–has been meeting on the first Tuesday of the month for close to thirty years.  So, when my darling spouse said, “I think you’d really like this novel,” I paid attention.  I’m glad I did, and you will be too, because it’s not
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Broken Windows

Broken Windows

Mysterious Book Report No. 349

by John Dwaine McKenna

One of the hottest, most emotional and controversial issues facing the nation today is immigration.  Say it once at a cocktail party and a discussion will start.  Say it twice and an argument breaks out.  Dare utter the word for a third time and the fist fight is on . . . metaphorically speaking, of course.  Now, a bold young Shamus Award-winning author has penned a thrilling, private investigator murder mystery that takes the reader all the way back to the dim, dark and unenlightened past of the early ‘90s . . . a time before the world had been b
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American History

American History

Mysterious Book Report No. 347

by John Dwaine McKenna

The twentieth century may go down in history as the most epochal of all time.  It’s already the most fascinating, pivotal and the most consequential of eras because it was without doubt the bloodiest one ever.  Now, in a brand new piece of intricate crime fiction, the twentieth century is encapsulated by following the fortunes of two families, the Agnellos and Leones, who bring a blood feud with them from Sicily to the USA at the turn of the twentieth century.  The Agnello family (lamb, in Italian) stays in New York City and mostly on the side of
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Potters Field

Potters Field

Mysterious Book Report No. 348

by John Dwaine McKenna

Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night.  The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness a good name.  Happily, he’s now back in his fifth adventure. Potter’s Field, (Polis Books, $25.99, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-93-8) by Rob Hart, finds Ash coming back to New York’s Staten Island from a year on the road, determined to face the problems that
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