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. 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. 316 – The Downside

By |2018-01-08T06:00:59+00:00January 8th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Downside by Mike Cooper Mysterious Press/Open Road, PB $14.99, 286 pages, ISBN 978-1-5040-4461-5 The MBR is kicking off the New Year 2018 with one of the best caper novels to come our way since The Sting was made into a movie back in 1973. It features one of the most unique bad guys in current crime fiction. His name is Finn and he’s a professional thief who calls

Mysterious Book Report No. 315 – The Ghosts Of Galway

By |2017-12-23T15:11:54+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $25.00, 330 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2733-4 We’re winding up the year here at the Mysterious Book Report with one of our favorite Irish authors. His name is Ken Bruen; a writer who’s witty, campy and filled to the brim with what can only be called Irish Noir. It’s a mixture of delicacy, violence, grief and guilt as depicted by his iconic,

Mysterious Book Report No. 284 – The Old Man

By |2017-05-05T11:13:04+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Old Man By Thomas Perry Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $26.00, 337 pages, ISBN 978-0-80212585-6 Sixty some years ago, when I was just a boy back in the ‘50s, every year at Thanksgiving my parents would take me and my two younger brothers for “Turkey-Day” at my Great-Aunt Ruth’s house down in Westchester County. Pop would fill up the trunk of the car with a present of seasoned, cut and

Mysterious Book Report No. 279 – The Emerald Lie

By |2017-05-05T10:05:32+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $25.00, 345 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2546-0 For the past few reviews the MBR has had a string of first time authors . . . so we thought a change of pace was in order for this week, and we’re going with an old favorite, an Irish writer with more than thirty books to his name and a boatload of awards and

Mysterious Book Report No. 250 – The Mulberry Bush

By |2017-01-04T07:01:27+00:00January 4th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Mulberry Bush by Charles McCarry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 308 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2410-4 Somewhere in the big junkyard that passes as my mind, there’s a snippet of a country song that goes . . . “I thought I’d been loved and I thought I’d been kissed, but that was before I met you . . .” which I’m going to rip off and paraphrase to introduce this week’s Mysterious

Mysterious Book Report No. 244 – Purgatory

By |2016-12-05T07:24:00+00:00December 5th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Purgatory by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $24.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2607-8 Once the envy of the entire world soon after the millennium, the Celtic Tiger has died in Ken Bruen’s 2013 novel Purgatory, and been replaced with an Ireland that can only be described as circling the economic drain. With jobs non-existent, crime is rampant, the young professionals are emmigrating and real estate has sunk to such low prices

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. 207 – Green Hell

By |2016-08-28T07:06:00+00:00August 28th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Green Hell by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press-Grove/Atlantic, $25.00, 232 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2356-5 It’s no secret that I have a Jones for contemporary Irish writers of crime fiction, reading and reviewing their work whenever possible. Atop the pantheon in my opinion is a capricious, ever unpredictable, but always exceptional creative genius by the name of Ken Bruen. He’s the author of thirty-some novels, a collaborator on several more, and the