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Cold Fear

By |2022-06-13T02:23:30+00:00June 6th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Cold Fear Mysterious Book Report No. 493 by John Dwaine McKenna Cold Fear, (Bantam, $28.00, 432 pages, ISBN 978-0-593-35631-9), by Brandon Webb and John David Mann, is the second installment, (after 2021’s Steel Fear, about the hunt for a serial killer aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier: MBR 457), and it’s the perfect book to kick-off your summer reading season. The novel begins with an incognito and AWOL Navy

Deep Water

By |2022-05-26T18:48:11+00:00May 30th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Deep Water Mysterious Book Report No. 492 by John Dwaine McKenna Deep Water, (Scout, $28.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-7036-3), by Emma Bamford is our second first-time author in the past two weeks and features a young, almost newly married British couple who’ve sold all of their possessions and bought a fixer-upper boat, spent most of their funds outfitting, repairing and provisioning it . . . then setting out to

The Handler

By |2022-05-17T20:29:11+00:00May 23rd, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Handler Mysterious Book Report No. 491 by John Dwaine McKenna The Handler, (Penguin Random House, $27.00, 448 pages, ISBN  978-0-5934-4163-3), by M.P. Woodward, is written by a debut author whose real-life experiences as a Naval Intelligence Officer working with U.S. Special Forces, CIA and NSA clandestine operations through-out the Middle East, Persian Gulf and Far East, makes Mr. Woodward exquisitely well qualified to write about the covert doings

Every Cloak Rolled in Blood

By |2022-05-16T19:56:20+00:00May 16th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Every Cloak Rolled In Blood Mysterious Book Report No. 490 by John Dwaine McKenna Every Cloak Rolled In Blood,  (Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 288 pages ISBN 978-1-9821-9659-2), by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master James Lee Burke, is his 50th novel and most unique ever . . . it’s autobiographical in nature, a heart-wrenching lament in honor of his daughter Pamala, who, in August 2020, died unexpectedly while still

Don’t Know Tough

By |2022-05-05T20:37:10+00:00May 9th, 2022|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Don’t Know Tough Mysterious Book Report No. 489 by John Dwaine McKenna Don’t Know Tough, (Soho Crime, $24.95, 336 pages, ISBN 978-1-64129-345-7), by Eli Cranor,  is the apex of Southern Noir.  Placed in Denton, Arkansas, it’s hard-boiled, gut-wrenching, poignant, gritty, emotional, brutal, savage, raw, and stunningly authentic.  It’s a novel  you’ll never forget, and it’s hard to believe that it’s Mr. Cranor’s debut.  He speaks with authority and his

Child Zero

By |2022-04-28T20:13:00+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Child Zero Mysterious Book Report No. 488 by John Dwaine McKenna Child Zero, (Mulholland, $28.00, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-29512-3), by Chris Holm, is one scary-assed novel.  Written by a real scientist, it predicts an all-too-possible future where—due to global warming—an ancient virus is released into the atmosphere from the thawing Arctic permafrost.   It mutates in combination with ever-present bacterium to create a virulent strain of viruses which are impervious


By |2022-04-21T21:07:39+00:00April 25th, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Breathless Mysterious Book Report No. 487 by John Dwaine McKenna The Himalayan Mountains of central Asia are known as “the roof of the world,” for that is where all of the tallest mountains on Earth are located.  Higher than the Andes of South America or the Alps of Europe, the Himalayas are the mightiest of their kind, and, as such, they’re an irresistible challenge to a certain type of

The Berlin Exchange

By |2022-04-15T19:50:49+00:00April 18th, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Berlin Exchange Mysterious Book Report No. 486 by John Dwaine McKenna What happens to a traitorous American, a scientist who spied for the Soviet Union and gave up our atomic bomb secrets, when he’s released after ten years in a British prison in the U.K., swapped for a busload of political prisoners and sent to East Germany?  That’s the opening premise of The Berlin Exchange, (Scribner, $28.00, 320

The Echo Man

By |2022-04-25T19:28:36+00:00April 11th, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

The Echo Man Mysterious Book Report No. 485 by John Dwaine McKenna The Echo Man, (Crooked Lane, $26.99, 326 pages, ISBN 978-1-64385-991-0), the debut of author Sam Holland, is fascinating, frightening and utterly compelling reading . . . but you’d better be able to handle a lot of gore if you decide to give it a go . . . because it’s about serial killers.  Real ones.  And their

Woman On Fire

By |2022-04-25T19:29:14+00:00April 4th, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Woman On Fire Mysterious Book Report No. 484 by John Dwaine McKenna Stolen art and strong women are the central themes of Lisa Barr’s exciting new thriller that rockets back and forth between now and here, then and there, Europe and the U.S. of A . . . . while at the same time educating, entertaining and fascinating her readers with a thriller about the wholesale pillaging of Europe’s

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