Mysterious Book Report No. 373 – Lives Laid Away

By |2019-05-14T17:51:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones SOHO Crime, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-959-3 Just about a year ago, an outstanding young wordsmith published his debut novel, August Snow, to great critical acclaim and a fistful of prestigious literary awards.  The author’s name is Stephen Mack Jones, and his writing style has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Raymond Chandler . . . a resemblance the MBR

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

By |2019-01-28T06:25:52+00:00January 28th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just come out with his third—and best, in our opinion—installment of IQ’s adventures in his

Mysterious Book Report No. 358 – Dead Man Running

By |2019-01-17T06:16:27+00:00January 17th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton Putman/Penguin, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57444-3 We’ve said it before, and we’ll no doubt say it again, because it’s one of the elements that makes for great drama, as well as the most compelling plots in all of literature . . . and it’s especially true in crime fiction:  The more evil the villain—the more heroic the protagonist.  Put another way; in order

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line That Held Us

By |2019-01-14T20:42:59+00:00January 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long after finishing the last chapter and reaching the astonishing conclusion, because it leaves several

Mysterious Book Report No. 356 – The Golden Havana Night

By |2018-12-11T19:55:08+00:00December 11th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Golden Havana Night by Manuel Ramos Arte Publico Press, PB $17.95, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-55885-8671 One of the most interesting new private investigators to come to the MBR’s attention is a Denver-based ex-convict named Gus Corral. He’s the creation of Manuel Ramos, a life-long resident of the Mile High City, as well as an acclaimed, award-winning author and astute observer of the changing nature of Colorado and its capitol

Mysterious Book Report No. 352 – The Devil’s Half Mile

By |2018-10-30T19:37:06+00:00October 30th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Devil’s Half Mile by Patrick “Paddy” Hirsch Forge/Tom Doherty Associates, $24.99, 289 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-9913-7 Wall Street trickery, corrupt politics, racial strife, gangs, murder . . . that all sounds like the headlines from today’s news, but instead, it’s the lead-in on the cover of a nifty murder mystery which takes place in New York City in the year of our Lord, 1799.  Through the skill of Alexander

Author Interview – Barry Lancet

By |2018-10-09T19:09:42+00:00October 9th, 2018|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: Barry Lancet by John Dwaine McKenna Our author for this weeks interview is, Barry Lancet, who is without a doubt one of the hardest working, most dedicated to the craft and elegant writers to ever cross the MBR radar screen.  He’s well on his way to becoming an A-list talent whose name, face and book covers will be seen in every airport book kiosk in

Mysterious Book Report – Fan Favorite 4

By |2018-10-09T18:24:26+00:00October 9th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Spy Across The Table by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 435 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9491-4 Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will

Mysterious Book Report No. 346 – Bluff

By |2018-08-13T18:40:00+00:00August 13th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Bluff by Michael Kardos Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $26.00, 272 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2804-1 Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection.  The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over here and presto . . . a deck of fifty-two cards thrown against the wall falls

Mysterious Book Report No. 344 – Blood Standard

By |2018-07-23T18:52:48+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood Standard by Laird Barron Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-07352-1287-9 The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle with the world, and themselves, in an idealistic representation of the human condition.  Simply