Mysterious Book Report No. 283 – Revolver

By |2017-05-05T11:01:04+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 316 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-40323-8 The MBR has often reviewed works of historical fiction—plotted as crime fiction, murder mysteries and whodunnits of all flavors, sizes and eras—and even some which take place in the future. This week however, is as unique a piece of historical fiction as we’ve yet encountered, and an awesome job of suspenseful, twisted plotting to boot

Mysterious Book Report No. 280 – Darktown

By |2017-05-05T10:22:27+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Darktown by Thomas Mullen 37INK/ATRIA Books, $26.00, 371 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-3386-2 Only a few authors have the ability to educate, entertain and thrill their audiences, all at the same time. It’s a gift; and a rare talent practiced by luminaries like Dennis Lehane, Walter Mosley and Philip Kerr; each of whom have a unique, and special skill that allows them to make history come alive in the pages of

Mysterious Book Report No. 273 – The One Man

By |2017-05-05T08:40:26+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The One Man by Andrew Gross Minotaur Books, $26.99, 415 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-07950-3 Pundits the world over have examined, discussed, analyzed, diagrammed, debated, researched and written thousands upon thousands of books, articles and dissertations on the subject of the Second World War. It’s the object of infinite fascination and endless study; perhaps because it was the most momentous, and tragic event in all of human history—costing at least 60,

Mysterious Book Report No. 245 – The Yid

By |2016-12-06T07:11:45+00:00December 6th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Yid by Paul Goldberg Picador/ St Martin’s Press, $26.00, 301 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-07903-9 The legacy of Joseph Stalin, the ruthless dictator of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, 40s and early 50s, is one of famine, endless bloodshed and tens of millions of deaths due to malfeasance, malevolence and gross mismanagement.  It was an era of terror for ordinary citizens . . . a time when neighbor spied

Mysterious Book Report No. 234 – Ruins Of War

By |2016-11-08T06:39:33+00:00November 8th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Ruins of War by John A Connell Berkley/Penguin-Random House, $26.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-425-27895-6 Every time we start thinking that the deep, thoroughly-explored and fully-drawn well of World War II stories is about to run dry . . . along comes another author with a whole new, and fascinating point of view, coupled together with a totally original plot to disabuse us of the notion. So move over Ken

Mysterious Book Report No. 200 – The House Of Wolfe

By |2016-08-16T08:18:23+00:00August 16th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $24.00, 248 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2246-9 Today is an individual milestone with this, the 200th Mysterious Book Report, and I wanted it to be something special to commemorate the occasion. The selection is personal, one of my favorite novelist who’s influenced any number of other writers and readers with his unique ability to transform the tough grit and blood

Mysterious Book No. 196 – The Empire of Night

By |2016-08-10T07:25:49+00:00August 10th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Empire of Night by Robert Olen Butler Mysterious Press, $26.00, 401 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2323-7 One hundred years ago, all of Europe was in the midst of what was then called the Great War, or World War I as we now know it. It was the first fully mechanized war and the battlefield casualties were so great that they’re almost incomprehensible by today’s standards, due to the invention of

Mysterious Book Report No. 160 – Then We Take Berlin

By |2016-06-28T08:00:15+00:00June 28th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton Grove Atlantic Inc., $26.00, 418 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2196-7 I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction or crime and espionage novels, as well as most anything to do with World War II and the early cold war period.  When I found an unfamiliar author who had just written a novel that combined all those elements into one project . . . I couldn’t wait

Mysterious Book Report No. 157 – The Big Crowd

By |2016-06-24T07:47:52+00:00June 24th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, $27.00, 424 pages, ISBN 978-0-618-85990-0 The Mysterious Book Report has long been an ardent and enthusiastic promoter of the classic black and white noir movies made in the golden age of film during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  They are, in fact, the very definition of the French word noir, meaning ‘black film’, which has been assimilated into English

Mysterious Book Report No. 90 – Prague Fatale

By |2016-03-29T07:51:03+00:00March 29th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr Marion Wood Putnam, $26.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-03969-15902-2 All my life, I’ve had a fascination with and a thirst for knowledge of the great conflagration and tragedy known as World War II.  Could be it’s because I was born just a year after the end of it . . . and perhaps because my father and most of his generation, the fathers of friends