Mysterious Book Report No. 369 – Trigger

By |2019-04-16T05:46:37+00:00April 16th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Trigger by David Swinson Mulholland/Little, Brown and Company, $27.50, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26425-9 Frank Marr is “a good cop with a bad habit,” who operates as a PI in the down and dirty underbelly of our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Forced into early retirement from the Metro DC Police Force, he ekes out a living as a Private Eye when he’s not busy knocking over one of the stash

Mysterious Book Report No. 362 – Cherry

By |2019-02-12T07:32:37+00:00February 12th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Cherry by Nico Walker Knopf, $26.95, 313 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-52013-9 Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during the year 2017, according to the latest

Mysterious Book Report No. 341 – Under Water

By |2018-07-03T20:44:49+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Under Water by Casey Barrett Kensington Publishing Corp., $25.00, 309 pages, ISBN 978-1-4697-0968-4 The MBR is ever on the lookout for debut authors with arresting characters, compelling plots and above-average wordsmithing talent.  When we find one, we do our best to alert all of you, so that together, we can read and enjoy the writer and character as they grow.  Those types of people are hard to find, and

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. 298 – Lucky

By |2017-08-16T18:48:23+00:00August 16th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Lucky by Henry Chang Soho Press, $24.95, 218 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-784-1 New York City’s Chinatown is the home turf of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, the beleaguered serial character created by author Henry Chang, and a personal favorite of the MBR, because the pragmatic and altruistic Chinese-American crime fighter operates in one of the most violent, superstitious, drug and gang-infested, as well as racially-prejudiced environments on planet earth without losing

Mysterious Book Report No. 295 – Crime Song

By |2017-07-12T16:36:22+00:00July 12th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Crime Song by David Swinson Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26421-1 Last winter, in MBR No. 275: The Second Girl, we introduced our audience to an ex-Washington D.C. cop turned crime-fiction writer named David Swinson, who’s created one of the best anti-heros to come down the pike in, I dunno, like forever. He’s a retired D.C. cop turned private investigator named Frank “Frankie” Marr. The

Mysterious Book Report No. 281 – IQ

By |2017-05-05T10:34:21+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

IQ by Joe Ide Mulholland Books/Little Brown, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26772-4 One sure way to know you’re reading a great book, is when you just don’t want it to end. Perhaps it’s because you’ve found the main character to be so fascinating, endearing or heroic that you don’t want to break contact with him; or the story is so compelling, you have to know, What happens next? Those

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

Mysterious Book Report No. 258 – Dodgers

By |2017-02-24T06:49:38+00:00February 24th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Dodgers by Bill Beverly Crown Publishers, $26.00, 0290 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-90373-5 Regular readers and fans of the Mysterious Book Report are all aware by now that our primary focus is to encourage reading by discovering new and unknown crime fiction writers who show a lot of promise . . . someone an enthusiast can read, enjoy and grow with for years to come.  An author you can tell your