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. 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. 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. 314 – The Smack

By |2017-12-12T17:24:29+00:00December 12th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Smack by Richard Lange Muholland Books, Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-32762-6 The mean streets of Los Angeles are the setting for a new kind of novel that combines action with the troubles of the real world. It’s about people on the hustle, people who swindle others out of their money . . . they’re called grifters. Grifters have no conscience, no guilt, they’re only

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. 277 – Shaker

By |2017-05-05T09:39:41+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Shaker by Scott Frank Knopf/Penguin/Random House, $26.95, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35003-7 The folks living over on the left coast, earthquakes are an accepted fact of life; about as ordinary—and as welcome—as public rudeness or graffiti on our national monuments. Quakes are grudgingly acknowledged as an unpleasant fact of life out there. A trade-off perhaps, for the warm, wonderful Mediterranean climate and endless eye-popping coastline, its scenic wonders and bountiful

Mysterious Book Report No. 266 – Charcoal Joe

By |2017-03-15T07:11:13+00:00March 15th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley Doubleday/Penguin Random House, $26.95, 305 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-53920-3 Our author this week has been named a Grand Master in the year 2016 by the CWA, or Crime Writers of America. It’s the highest and most prestigious honor given by the group, and a distinction awarded only a very few. They’re the best of the best, at the top of their game, having labored long

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

Mysterious Book Report No. 252 – Fever City

By |2017-01-23T18:18:32+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Fever City by Tim Baker Europa Editions/World Noir, PB, $18.00, 385 pages, ISBN 978-1-60945-287-2 The joke’s on me . . . Some weeks ago I was queried by a publicist for Europa Editions in New York City: “Would I review a noir novel of theirs if they sent a copy?” I noted that it had a September release date and said, ‘Sure,” then got an ARC (advance review copy)