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. 363 – Dark Sacred Night

By |2019-02-18T06:15:09+00:00February 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Little Brown, $29.00, 433 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-48480-0 After twenty novels, Michael Connelly’s lonesome, jazz-loving and gifted Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch is the most iconic and well-known sleuth in all of modern crime fiction.  When the average lifespan of a serial character is about four books before the plots become repetitive and the character formulaic, it’s a testament to Mr. Connelly’s

Mysterious Book Report No. 328 – The Bomb Maker

By |2018-04-02T06:56:39+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2748-8 One way to judge the character of a hero is by assessing the nature of his or her adversary.  The wickeder the villain, the more courageous the protagonist will appear to be, because conflict creates drama, and it is the following sequence of events . . . emotional, turbulent or tragic . . . which keeps

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. 237 – Forty Thieves

By |2016-11-15T07:52:58+00:00November 15th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 356 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2452-4 Start reading any type of great fiction, and you’ll soon realize that it’s based upon conflict . . . because conflict creates drama . . . and drama is what captures, then holds, our attention and keeps us reading. Why? Because we humans are innately curious—we have to see what happens next. In order to create conflict,

Mysterious Book Report No. 217 – The Crossing

By |2016-10-04T07:32:04+00:00October 4th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Crossing by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, $28.00, 388 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-22588-5 It’s no secret that Michael Connelly is widely considered to be one of the finest crime writers working in America today. With twenty-seven novels and sixty million copies sold worldwide he could arguably be called one of the top ten best-ever mystery and thriller authors in the world because, as my friend Dwight—a

Mysterious Book Report No. 140 – Brown’s Requiem

By |2016-05-26T07:43:53+00:00May 26th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy Perennial Harper Collins, PB $13.99, 348 pages, ISBN # 978-0-380-73177-0 Los Angeles, California has long been the epicenter for crime fiction of all types. They include police procedurals, courtroom dramas and private eye yarns by a long list of world class authors like Raymond Chandler, Earle Stanley Gardner and Dashiel Hammett from the golden age of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, as well as

Mysterious Book Report No. 129 – Suspects

By |2016-05-10T07:10:24+00:00May 10th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Suspect by Robert Crais Putnam, $27.95, 309 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-18148-3 Post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD is a mental condition suffered by some individuals who’ve been subjected to intense, loud and life-threatening situations.  Anyone who’s been in a life and death situation can suffer from it.  The US Armed Forces have for years denied the existence of PTSD, labeling sufferers of the condition as malingerers, or shirkers, refusing treatment and shunning

Mysterious Book Report No. 107 – The Boyfriend

By |2016-04-15T08:12:55+00:00April 15th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $25.00, 298 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2606-1 There are people in the world who are so expert in their chosen fields of work that they have the skill and the ability to make the most difficult tasks look easy.  You know the ones I mean: the accountant who takes the most insurmountable stack of receipts and sloppy bookkeeping and turn them into an on-time,

Mysterious Book Report No. 97 – The Black Box

By |2016-04-04T07:54:08+00:00April 4th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Black Box by Michael Connelly Little, Brown, $27.99, 403 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-06943-4 The Black Box by Michael Connelly, is another chapter in the continuing story of one of the best tough guys to ever come along in crime fiction, Detective Sergeant Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department.  He’s past mandatory retirement age and still on active duty thanks to a five year extension called the