Mysterious Book Report No. 373 – Lives Laid Away

By |2019-05-14T17:51:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones SOHO Crime, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-959-3 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

Mysterious Book Report No. 364 – Last Looks

By |2019-02-24T06:45:41+00:00February 24th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould Dutton/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-524-74249-2 According to the Collins Unabridged Dictionary and Synonym Finder of the English Language, the word quirky is defined thus: “peculiarly individual or unconventional.”  It’s synonyms are: “odd, unusual, eccentric,” and well, you get the gist.  We mention this only because this week’s MBR No. 364 will introduce all of our readers to one of the

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

By |2019-01-28T06:25:52+00:00January 28th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just come out with his third—and best, in our opinion—installment of IQ’s adventures in his

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line That Held Us

By |2019-01-14T20:42:59+00:00January 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 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 conclusion, because it leaves several

Mysterious Book Report No. 349 -Broken Windows

By |2018-09-27T08:23:41+00:00September 27th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Broken Windows by Paul D. Marks Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-07-5 One of the hottest, most emotional and controversial issues facing the nation today is immigration.  Say it once at a cocktail party and a discussion will start.  Say it twice and an argument breaks out.  Dare utter the word for a third time and the fist fight is on . . . metaphorically

Mysterious Book Report No. 334 – Green Sun

By |2018-05-14T19:02:56+00:00May 14th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Green Sun by Kent Anderson Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown, $27.00, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-46680-6 There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat of a 1980s vintage squad car during the spring and summer of a new

Mysterious Book Report No. 301 – The Force

By |2017-09-11T18:41:16+00:00September 11th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Force by Don Winslow Wm Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 479 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-266441-9 According to Dwight, one of my retired cop buddies, only a few crime fiction writers Really get it, when writing about the demands, the stresses and the effect—on marriages, children and personal lives—of being a police officer in America today. It’s a career that is rewarding, exciting, sometimes monotonous, and always dangerous enough to take your

Mysterious Book Report No. 294 – Sorrow Road

By |2017-07-04T07:17:08+00:00July 4th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Sorrow Road by Julia Keller Minotaur Books, PB, $15.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-08959-5 The green rolling hills of West Virginia are the nearest thing to Heaven that I know though the times are sad and drear and I cannot linger here they’ll keep me and never let me go . . . are the opening words to a song that was made famous by Emmylou Harris. It was written

Mysterious Book Report No. 270 – So Say The Fallen

By |2017-03-30T06:57:17+00:00March 30th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville Soho Press, $26.95, 325 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-739-1 An often explored mystery theme that never seems to get old, is the question of suicide or murder. What better way to get away with it than staging the death scene and making it look like the decedent took his or her own life? Do it artfully enough to foil detection, write up a goodbye

Mysterious Book Report No. 269 – Every Man A Menace

By |2017-03-29T06:52:36+00:00March 29th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman Grove Atlantic Press, $25.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2544-6 Hello, and welcome to the 2017 edition of the Mysterious Book Report, where we’re dedicated to the proposition that You must read . . . or surrender yourself to ignorance, which makes just as much sense today as it did 2,500 years ago when a Chinese philosopher named Kong Zi said it. The world