Some Die Nameless

Some Die Nameless

Mysterious Book Report No. 351

by John Dwaine McKenna

Every single human being on the planet has a past; the deeds, events and situations that have shaped us and made us into the persons we are today.  Some of those experiences were happy and good . . . others, not so great . . . and a few of them we do our absolute best to put out of our minds forever.  But sometimes, no matter how honest an effort, the past just won’t stay in the rear-view mirror.  Instead, it drives up, cruises on through, then cuts in front and runs you off of the big highway of life.  (What a metaphor!)  That’s what happen
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Black and White Ball

Black and White Ball

Mysterious Book Report No. 353

by John Dwaine McKenna

There must be something in the air, water . . . or maybe an unknown isotope emanating out of the ground at night, that germinates world class crime writers in, around and about Detroit, Michigan.  From the late great Elmore Leonard, to the much-lauded Steve Hamilton, to the indefatigable, prolific and much admired Loren D. Estleman, they’re all masters of the hard-boiled crime fiction universe, who never let their readers down. Black and White Ball, (Forge/ Tom Doherty Associates, $25.99, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-88476) by Loren D
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The Devil’s Half Mile

The Devil’s Half Mile

Mysterious Book Report No. 352

by John Dwaine McKenna

Wall Street trickery, corrupt politics, racial strife, gangs, murder . . . that all sounds like the headlines from today’s news, but instead, it’s the lead-in on the cover of a nifty murder mystery which takes place in New York City in the year of our Lord, 1799.  Through the skill of Alexander Hamilton and the formation of a Federal Bank, the new nation has recovered from the depression of 1792, but the financial panic back then ruined a great number of speculators, and many of them are still trying to claw their way back to pros
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Some Die Nameless

Some Die Nameless

Mysterious Book Report No. 351

by John Dwaine McKenna

Every single human being on the planet has a past; the deeds, events and situations that have shaped us and made us into the persons we are today.  Some of those experiences were happy and good . . . others, not so great . . . and a few of them we do our absolute best to put out of our minds forever.  But sometimes, no matter how honest an effort, the past just won’t stay in the rear-view mirror.  Instead, it drives up, cruises on through, then cuts in front and runs you off of the big highway of life.  (What a metaphor!)  That’s what happen
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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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