Dead Man Running

Dead Man Running

Mysterious Book Report No. 358

by John Dwaine McKenna

We’ve said it before, and we’ll no doubt say it again, because it’s one of the elements that makes for great drama, as well as the most compelling plots in all of literature . . . and it’s especially true in crime fiction:  The more evil the villain—the more heroic the protagonist.  Put another way; in order for She

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The Line That Held Us

The Line That Held Us

Mysterious Book Report No. 357

by John Dwaine McKenna

The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long after finishing the last chapter and reaching the astonishing conc

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2018 Best Books of the Year

John Dwaine McKenna’s

2018 Best Books of the Year

Season’s greetings and Merry Christmas to all our fans, followers and crime fiction enthusiasts!  Here’s the MBR’s gift to one and all with our bakers dozen of the Best Books of the Year.  Time is short and Santa will be here soon, so here’s the list:

Best Books of the Year 2018

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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 . .

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In A Dark Dark Wood

In A Dark Dark Wood

Mysterious Book Report Special No. 4

by John Dwaine McKenna and Lora Brown

I was over at Rhyolite Press the other day, talking with Ms. Lora Brown.  She’s the Publisher’s Rep., Executive Assistant and all-around Golden Gal who makes sure all our work gets done on time, sent where it’s gotta go and that our little world up here on the Mesa runs with the precision of a jeweled Swiss Chronometer.  As soon as we got the Hi, how-are-yas out of the way, Lora said, “Why aren’t you doing more MBRs featuring women? You hardly ever read books written by women.” I thought about it for a
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Run You Down

Run You Down

Mysterious Book Report No. 228

by John Dwaine McKenna

The word Haredi is literally translated from the Hebrew as “One who trembles in awe at the word of God.” The Haredim are “Members of any various Orthodox Jewish sects characterized by strict adherence to the traditional form of Jewish Law and the rejection of modern secular culture,” according to the Oxford Dictionary of English language.  The Hasidim, or Hasidics, are one branch of the Haredi and they are all, by definition, a cult.  Cults are dedicated, highly restrictive and generally patriarchal, or male-dominated in nature
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