The Golden Havana Night

The Golden Havana Night

Mysterious Book Report No. 356

by John Dwaine McKenna

One of the most interesting new private investigators to come to the MBR’s attention is a Denver-based ex-convict named Gus Corral.  He’s the creation of Manuel Ramos, a life-long resident of the Mile High City, as well as an acclaimed, award-winning author and astute observer of the changing nature of Colorado and its capitol city, Denver. In his newest adventure, The Golden Havana Night, (Arte Publico Press, PB $17.95, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-55885-8671) Gus is hired by a man named Joaquin “Kino” Machaco, a Cuban defector a
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101

101

Mysterious Book Report No. 355

by John Dwaine McKenna

US Highway 101 runs north from the San Francisco Bay, up to Humboldt County . . . the remote, pot growing area of California known as the emerald triangle because of all the grow operations up there.  It’s an area that’s rugged, fertile and brimming with fierce and independent cultivators of the magic green plant that, when smoked, makes all of your “worries be gone,” to quote the legendary Guy Clark.  Humboldt County is where a doofus named Jerry Bertram runs to when he gets in the bad graces and gunsights of some outlaw bikers in Tom Pitts new n
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Pushback

Pushback

Mysterious Book Report No. 354

by John Dwaine McKenna

Serendipity is the ability to make a fortunate discovery by accident . . . which is just what happened to the MBR last summer, when an author we were interviewing asked if we had read or reviewed the work of a sci-fi writer named John Stith.  “No,” the MBR is crime fiction oriented was the reply.  “Well, you should,” she said, “because he just finished a psychological thriller that’s being released in November.  It’s his first new book in eighteen years . . . and he’s one of your nearby neighbors.” Barbara Nickless gave us the co
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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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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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