The 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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A Divided Spy

A Divided Spy

Mysterious Book Report No. 289

by John Dwaine McKenna

For some arcane reason . . . known only to themselves and the cosmos . . . the Brits are the masters of the spy novel universe.  One only has to think of the names Ian Fleming and John LeCarré, or their iconic fictional spies, James Bond and George Smiley to know what we mean.  But now, there’s another writer from the English Isles by the name of Charles Cumming, who’s created the next unforgettable MI6 super-spy.  His name is Thomas Kell.  In his third, and newest installment; A Divided Spy, (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 356 pages,
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What You Break

What You Break

Mysterious Book Report No. 288

by John Dwaine McKenna

One year ago—May 2016—in MBR No. 246, we alerted our readers to a new, compelling and haunting crime fiction character by the name of Gus Murphy.  He’s the embodiment of the noir persona, a man dealing with a boatload of personal pain and grief, while living and operating on the gritty south shore of New York’s Long Island . . . a place of crime and gang infested streets as far removed from the glitzy, super-rich north shore hamlets on Long Island Sound, as ice cream is from burnt meat.  Now, he’s back, in the second installment of what look
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Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Mysterious Book Report No. 287

by John Dwaine McKenna

Although our focus here at the MBR has always been finding debut authors with promising talent and an outstanding story to tell, the unvarnished truth is that there’s a few A-list writers . . . James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, or Michael Connelly for example who we always read and review, whenever they publish a new novel.  We’re going to add the name C.J. Box to that short, illustrious list, because his Joe Pickett stories about a Wyoming Game Warden are just too damn good to miss out on.  They’re timely, addressing such hot topics as the Endang
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Desperation Road

Desperation Road

Mysterious Book Report No. 286

by John Dwaine McKenna

Some writers have such a firm understanding of their sense of place and are able to write about it with such authenticity, that the reader is transported there in mind as she or he processes the printed words . . . almost seeing, hearing, and touching the people, places and events of the story as it unfolds.  This weeks MBR number 286 features such an author, who speaks and writes so genuinely of his home in small town Mississippi that readers everywhere will almost feel as if they were born and brought up there. Desparation Road, (Lee Bo
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Blue Light Yokohama

Blue Light Yokohama

Mysterious Book Report No. 285

by John Dwaine McKenna

Every now and then, a forthcoming book generates so much pre-publication interest that the MBR wants to get a look at it at the earliest possible date.  If an ARC, or Advance Readers (i.e. Reviewers) Copy isn’t readily available, we can sometimes spend some extra money and get a true first edition from the British, who are often the leaders of the publishing world.  Such is the case this week with MBR 285 . . . a debut author of awesome talent with a mind-bending first novel that has folks on both sides of the Atlantic sitting up and taking not
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