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. 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. 345 – Rip Crew

By |2018-07-30T19:19:26+00:00July 30th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Rip Crew by Sebastian Rotella Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, $27.00, 322 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50553-6 With all the rama-lamadingdonging that’s been going on over, under, through, around and about the southern border of our nation this MBR couldn’t be more timely. Rip Crew, by Sebastian Rotella, begins in Guatemala where protagonist Valentine Pescatore, an undercover agent for a private security firm, is looking for a human smuggler named Chiclet. 

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. 319 – The Quantum Spy

By |2018-01-29T07:29:47+00:00January 29th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius Norton, $25.95, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-25415-0 It’s indisputable that the next war will be fought in cyberspace.  Some scientific and military experts believe in fact, that World War III has already begun . . . that the opening skirmishes are evidenced by the endless hacking attempts on the most secure of websites . . . where our adversaries are going after America’s commercial,

Mysterious Book Report No. 310 – Nothing Short Of Dying

By |2017-11-06T15:32:58+00:00November 6th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey Simon and Schuster, PB $9.99, 392 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-6073-8 We’re excited here at the MBR, to bring you part I of an event that only comes along once in a blue moon and is scarcer than two-buck Chuck at a gang-banger’s ball. It’s our awesome two-fer . . . just like the five-to-seven happy hour at the He Ain’t Here Lounge .

Mysterious Book Report No. 271 – Dancing With The Tiger

By |2017-05-05T07:14:24+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Dancing With The Tiger by Lili Wright Miriam Wood/Putnam Penguin Random House, $26.00, 453 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17517-6 Today, in nearly every corner of the world, works of art are being stolen, forged or destroyed by persons of the criminal classes. They are rapacious, greedy, ignorant and uncaring of the fact that their crimes are against all of humanity—for all time—because each piece of art is unique and cannot be

Mysterious Book Report No. 226 – House Of The Rising Sun

By |2016-10-24T07:25:05+00:00October 24th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 433 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0710-8 At public events—book signings or speaking engagements for example—a question I’m often asked is Who’s your favorite author? And the answer is always the same . . . Although I’m informed by many crime writers—Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, James Elroy, Poe, Hemingway, Stephen King, Robert Parker, Ken Bruen, Nelson DeMille and Lawrence

Mysterious Book Report No. 210 – The Cartel – Part Two

By |2016-09-05T07:28:15+00:00September 5th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART TWO: The Cartel, by Don Winslow has been published to rave reviews by the likes of: Lee Child-Sensationally good, Harlen Coben-Absolute must-read, Michael Connelly-First rate thriller, James Ellroy-Stunningly plotted . . . to which I’m going to add my own humble accolades. The Cartel is a big, hefty novel that will give the

Mysterious Book Report No. 210 – The Cartel – Part One

By |2016-09-03T07:10:18+00:00September 3rd, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART ONE: Every now and then, a fictional novel comes along that informs as it entertains, and in doing so, the-word-of-mouth buzz about it creates a public dialogue of national significance where none existed before. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Ironweed, by William Kennedy are