Mysterious Book Report No. 372 – The Good Lie

By |2019-05-06T21:31:11+00:00May 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Good Lie by Tom Rosenstiel ECCO/ Harper Collins, $27.99, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-247539-8 The Good Lie, 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 that it’s so authentically real.  It

Mysterious Book Report No. 368 – The Border

By |2019-04-10T08:54:19+00:00April 10th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Border by Don Winslow William Morrow/Harper Collins, $28.99, 720 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-26648-8 No matter what side of the political and social rift you’re on, we can all agree that our southern border—the invisible line—which designates the United States of America from the United Mexican States, is one of the most contentious places on planet earth.  As such, it abounds with tales of human tragedy, hope, criminality, heroism, death,

Mysterious Book Report No. 366 – The Night Agent

By |2019-03-12T19:35:14+00:00March 12th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 422 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-287546-4 To all of our readers out there in newslandia, bookreviewburg, or elsewhere, lost somewhere in the electronic haze, who think that all the great spy and thriller novels ended with the deaths of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy . . . they didn’t.  And, if you think you’ll just have to be satisfied with those

Mysterious Book Report No. 350 – Bearskin

By |2018-10-15T18:00:52+00:00October 15th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Bearskin by James McLaughlin Ecco/Harper Collins, $26.99, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-274279-7 There is a quiet, but ongoing—and growing—conflict in America, in which well-intentioned, ultra-wealthy individuals are buying up huge parcels of undeveloped land and forests, which they then put into Nature Conservancies . . . places where, they hope, all things of and in the earth will flourish as they did before the emergence of mankind.  Human beings, due

Mysterious Book Report No. 337 – Sunburn

By |2018-06-05T13:34:07+00:00June 5th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Sunburn by Laura Lippman William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238992-3 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the warm weather season; a time for vacations, kicking back, relaxing and light summertime reading.  And hey, what could be better, we’re kicking it off with one of America’s most loved, respected and widely-read authors who’s always at the top of the NY Times bestseller lists. Sunburn, by Laura

Mysterious Book Report No. 307 – The Blinds

By |2017-10-24T18:11:02+00:00October 24th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-266134-0 Next on our October freakfest is a novel by Adam Strenbergh, the creative demento who conjured up the Edgar nominated Spademan novels. Spademan’s the sometimes kind-hearted assassin, who operates in a destroyed, dystopian New York City. This time however, Mr. Sternbergh’s come up with a standalone that takes place in Texas. Who knew, or would’ve guessed, that

Mysterious Book Report No. 305 – She Rides Shotgun

By |2017-10-09T18:34:45+00:00October 9th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 257 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-239440-8 Some authors hit the bookstores in high gear and never stop producing exciting and original works that become award-winners and best-sellers almost overnight, because readers get excited and tell their friends about it. Word-of-mouth spreads like wildfire and the writer establishes a bigger fan base with each new book. Our author this week deserves just such

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. 260 – The Bone Labyrinth

By |2017-02-26T12:34:38+00:00February 26th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins WM. Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 471 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238164-4 Anyone who’s passed by a mass-market paperback book rack has probably seen the name James Rollins, even if they have never read one of his many action-adventure yarns featuring Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force Team.  In Rollins’s fictional world, the Sigma Group acts as the operational arm of DARPA:  the Defense Advanced Research

Mysterious Book Report No. 253 – The Fireman

By |2017-02-02T19:16:47+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Fireman by Joe Hill Harper Collins, $28.99, 747 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-220063-1 When I had the pleasure of hearing this weeks author being interviewed on NPR a few days ago, he said something that hit me right in the funny bone. And although I admit to having a warped sense of humor, maybe it’ll resonate with you too. When the interviewer asked him if perhaps folks had had enough