Lives Laid Away

Lives Laid Away

Mysterious Book Report No. 373

by John Dwaine McKenna

Just about a year ago, an outstanding young wordsmith published his debut novel, August Snow, to great critical acclaim and a fistful of prestigious literary awards.  The author’s name is Stephen Mack Jones, and his writing style has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Raymond Chandler . . . a resemblance the MBR is

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The Good Lie

The Good Lie

Mysterious Book Report No. 372

by John Dwaine McKenna

The Good Lie, (ECCO/ Harper Collins, $27.99, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-247539-8) by Tom Rosenstiel, is an electrifying, dark and twisted thriller that could only have been conceived and written by someone who’s intimately familiar with the contentious and Machiavellian deus ex machina that operates behind the scenes in Washington

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Ambush

Ambush

Mysterious Book Report No. 371

by John Dwaine McKenna

Ambush, (Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513), the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the reader down.

Wolf Pack

Wolf Pack

Mysterious Book Report No. 370

by John Dwaine McKenna

Unlike most of the rest of our squared-off western states that’re all of a sudden filling up with folks fleeing from overcrowded, overtaxed and overregulated places to the east and west of them, Wyoming is still windswept, wide-open and mostly rural.  It has some of the most spectacular scenery and most magnificent wild game and fish anywhere o

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Trigger

Trigger

Mysterious Book Report No. 369

by John Dwaine McKenna

Frank Marr is “a good cop with a bad habit,” who operates as a PI in the down and dirty underbelly of our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Forced into early retirement from the Metro DC Police Force, he ekes out a living as a Private Eye when he’s not busy knocking over one of the stash houses of D.C.s mind-numbing number of drug-slingers; bec

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The Border

The Border

Mysterious Book Report No. 368

by John Dwaine McKenna

No matter what side of the political and social rift you’re on, we can all agree that our southern border—the invisible line—which designates the United States of America from the United Mexican States, is one of the most contentious places on planet earth.  As such, it abounds with tales of human tragedy, hope, criminality, heroism, death

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