Tough guys and gals in dark and sinister worlds, with bleak atmospheres and outlooks. Contains some of crime fictions strongest voices.

American Static

By |2019-12-12T21:12:56+00:00September 7th, 2017|2017 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

American Static Mysterious Book Report No. 300 by John Dwaine McKenna The Mysterious Book Report has reached another milestone with this, our 300th review. It’s taken a little more than six years and a couple of hundred thousand words to get to this point, so we wanted to mark the occasion with something special . . . something out of the ordinary . . . something so memorable that

The Far Empty

By |2019-12-12T21:03:47+00:00May 5th, 2017|2017 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

The Far Empty Mysterious Book Report 276 by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s MBR is written on the day after what’s already being called The most dramatic Super Bowl ever played: number LI, or fifty-one in Arabic numerals. It was the greatest comeback in playoff football history . . . and an apt comparison to what has to be one of the best, and most dramatic noir debut novels

Cambodia Noir

By |2019-12-17T21:54:13+00:00February 20th, 2017|2016 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 256 Cambodia Noir by John Dwaine McKenna Nestled between south Thailand and south Vietnam is the small Asian nation of Cambodia.  Fronted on the Gulf of Thailand and bisected by the Mekong River, the capitol city is Phnom Penh.  It’s a transit point for the opium-producing region known as the Golden Triangle.  As such, it’s a lawless place where corruption is rampant, drugs are plentiful

Fever City

By |2019-12-17T21:43:23+00:00January 23rd, 2017|2016 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 252 Fever City by John Dwaine McKenna The joke’s on me . . . Some weeks ago I was queried by a publicist for Europa Editions in New York City: “Would I review a noir novel of theirs if they sent a copy?” I noted that it had a September release date and said, ‘Sure,” then got an ARC (advance review copy) in the mail

Where It Hurts

By |2019-12-17T21:23:21+00:00December 7th, 2016|2016 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 246 Where it Hurts by John Dwaine McKenna If you’re a fan of hard-boiled noir--as I am--you’re gonna love Gus Murphy. He’s the beat-down, used up, cynical, angry, divorced, grieving, cuckolded, bitter and weary ex-cop who’s tough as a ten year old steel-toed boot, but still as altruistic at heart as the first day he pinned on a policeman’s badge. He’s the newly-minted character from

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