Red Metal

By |2019-08-18T18:59:31+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Red Metal Mysterious Book Report No. 379 by John Dwaine McKenna Europe has lived in the shadow, first of the Soviet Union, and more recently, of the Rodina . . . Mother Russia herself . . . since the end of World War II.  It’s the reason the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, was formed by the US, Canada and several European nations for the purpose of joint

The Bouncer

By |2019-08-18T19:01:34+00:00June 24th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Bouncer Mysterious Book Report No. 378 by John Dwaine McKenna We’re kicking the summer reading season into high gear with an entertaining, bright and fast-paced crime caper in which nothing is as it appears to be.  The novel came out in late summer-early fall of 2018 when the MBR calendar was full, and wasn’t reviewed, but has just been reissued in trade paperback and should be easy to

American Spy

By |2019-08-18T19:03:55+00:00June 17th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

American Spy Mysterious Book Report No. 377 by John Dwaine McKenna Near the end of the Cold War in the mid-1980s, the African continent was busy rediscovering itself.  Having thrown off the restraints of colonialism, countries large and small were struggling to determine what form of self-governance best suited them . . . a struggle that promoted much bloodshed.  Civil wars, coups and military takeovers were common, as was

Charlie 316

By |2019-08-18T19:05:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Charlie 316 Mysterious Book Report No. 376 by John Dwaine McKenna Charlie 316, (Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 398 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-68-6) by Colin Conway & Frank Zafrino, is an electrifying and propulsive police procedural that takes place in Spokane, Washington . . . out near the Idaho state line.  It combines elements of race, heroism, crime, treachery, violence and murder into a tale that you just can’t

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry

By |2019-08-18T19:08:29+00:00May 27th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Young Adult YA|

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry by Jen Conley Mysterious Book Report No. 375 by John Dwaine McKenna Don’t let the title fool ya, Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry, (Down & Out Books, PB, $15.95, 230 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-93-8) by Jen Conley is real crime fiction. It’s also YA, Young Adult, fiction which can be enjoyed by all of us Boomers and Gen Xer’s who’ve forgotten

Swann’s Down

By |2019-08-18T19:10:37+00:00May 21st, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Swann’s Down  Mysterious Book Report No. 374 by John Dwaine McKenna In the newly-released fifth adventure of tough guy and skip tracer Henry Swann: Swann’s Down, (Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-011-1) by Charles Salzberg, the New York City based PI is hired by Goldblatt, his offbeat, cheapskate and difficult partner, to locate a missing psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife, Rachel, out of a boatload

Lives Laid Away

By |2019-08-18T19:12:36+00:00May 14th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

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 happy

The Good Lie

By |2019-08-18T19:14:52+00:00May 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

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, D.C..  And, what makes it so alarming is

Ambush

By |2019-08-18T19:16:25+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

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. The novel opens in Denver,

Wolf Pack

By |2019-08-18T19:18:36+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

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 on