The Trust

The Trust

Mysterious Book Report No. 309

by John Dwaine McKenna

The Troubles, as the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, 80s and 90s became known, has long been an area of interest for the MBR.  The sectarian violence there pitted Protestant Unionists—those in favor of remaining in the British Commonwealth—against Catholic Republicans—who wanted to join the Republic of Ireland—in some of the worst violence the world has ever seen.  Commonplace were the bombings, targeted assassinations and street brawls which took hundreds, if not thousands of lives.  The British army was called in to maintain order
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A Game of Ghosts

A Game of Ghosts

Mysterious Book Report No. 308

by John Dwaine McKenna

We’ve saved the best for last.  Our final submission for this years MBR Freak Fest is by the undisputed heavyweight king of Gothic Noir Crime Fiction.  His name is John Connolly.  He’s an Irish writer who’s been atop worldwide best sellers charts for ages.  His Charlie Parker private eye series is noirish crime fiction with a supernatural twist that will leave you gasping for breath and begging for more.  Charlie Parker, you see, might be one of the thirteen fallen angels who were cast out of heaven . . . who is trying to redeem himself and
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The Blinds

The Blinds

Mysterious Book Report No. 307

by John Dwaine McKenna

Next on our October freakfest is a novel by Adam Strenbergh, the creative demento who conjured up the Edgar nominated Spademan novels.  Spademan’s the sometimes kind-hearted assassin, who operates in a destroyed, dystopian New York City.  This time however, Mr. Sternbergh’s come up with a standalone that takes place in Texas.  Who knew, or would’ve guessed, that the author’s attention would shift from Gotham to west Texas, but happily, he has . . . and it’s a dandy! The Blinds, (ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-
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The Changeling

The Changeling

Mysterious Book Report No. 306

by John Dwaine McKenna

It’s become a tradition.  Each October, in observance of All Hallows Eve, the Dia de los Muertos and JDM’s birthday—which is on Halloween—the MBR reviews works of the paranormal, otherworldly and unexplained.  The weird, supernatural and bizarre stuff that’s outside of our usual focus on murder, mayhem and mankind’s general savagery.  All in good fun of course . . . for no writer of crime fiction could even begin to compete with the actual news of the day . . . which is the strangest of all.  We’re kicking it off this
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She Rides Shotgun

She Rides Shotgun

Mysterious Book Report No. 305

by John Dwaine McKenna

Some authors hit the bookstores in high gear and never stop producing exciting and original works that become award-winners and best-sellers almost overnight, because readers get excited and tell their friends about it.  Word-of-mouth spreads like wildfire and the writer establishes a bigger fan base with each new book.  Our author this week deserves just such chit-chat.  His first novel combines pathos and humor; discovery and loss; brute force, gangsters and gunfights all overlaid with a growling awareness of the power of love. She Rides
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Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

Mysterious Book Report No. 304

by John Dwaine McKenna

One year ago, (MBR 254,) we alerted readers to a new series by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton that featured an anti-hero protagonist named Nick Mason.  Mason’s the guy who, in order to get out of serving the last fifteen years of a twenty year sentence in a maximum security prison, makes a Faustian bargain with a super-criminal named Darius Cole.  Mason gets out, but he’s nowhere free.  He’s at the beck and call of a mysterious cell phone.  When it rings, Mason must answer immediately and do whatever he’s tol
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