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 – Fan Favorite 2

By |2018-08-26T14:42:23+00:00August 26th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Light It Up by Nick Petrie Putnam, $26.00, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57563-1 As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, as are criminals; government is ecstatic over the windfall from tax revenues; cops, school

Mysterious Book Report No. 337 – Sunburn

By |2018-06-05T13:34:07+00:00June 5th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Sunburn by Laura Lippman William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238992-3 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the warm weather season; a time for vacations, kicking back, relaxing and light summertime reading.  And hey, what could be better, we’re kicking it off with one of America’s most loved, respected and widely-read authors who’s always at the top of the NY Times bestseller lists. Sunburn, by Laura

Mysterious Book Report No. 329 – Slaughterhouse Blues

By |2018-04-10T19:09:51+00:00April 10th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski Shotgun Honey/ Down & Out Books, PB, $11.95, 136 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-40-7 Do you ever take a chance on a book, based only on the title, or cover illustration?  It’s a fun way to discover a new author or genre you might otherwise pass up.  Or Not, in which case the non-profit stores and neighborhood churches always need stuff to sell.  But, when it

Mysterious Book Report No. 327 – Light It Up

By |2018-03-26T19:20:26+00:00March 26th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Light It Up by Nick Petrie Putnam, $26.00, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57563-1 As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, as are criminals; government is ecstatic over the windfall from tax revenues; cops, school

Mysterious Book Report No. 326 – Ultraluminous

By |2018-03-19T20:09:26+00:00March 19th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.00, 199 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-27966-0 This weeks MBR is one of those which are unclassifiable . . . it’s hard-boiled, cutting edge, semi-pornographic, unapologetic, compelling and utterly fascinating . . . but don’t say we didn’t warn ya. Ultraluminous, by Katherine Faw, comes four years after her astonishing and powerful debut, Young God. If Ms. Faw took the literary world by

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. 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. 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)

Mysterious Book Report No. 204 – Dry Bones In The Valley

By |2016-08-22T06:51:24+00:00August 22nd, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman W.W. Norton & Company, $24.95, 281 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-24302-4 Are there any among us—living in Twenty-First Century America—who hasn’t heard of hydraulic fracking? It’s commonly referred to as Fracking and everyone has an opinion about it, good or bad, pro or con, informed or ignorant. It’s one of several hot-button words that polite folks don’t utter in social groups lest an