Mysterious Book Report No. 296 – Bad Boy Boogie

By |2017-08-16T18:12:38+00:00August 16th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck Down and Out Books, PB, $17.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-59-5 For all of my adult life, New Jersey was a place I landed in and took off from at Newark International, rented a car and headed up the Garden State Parkway, bound for the family homestead in the Catskills. Jersey was a place overcrowded with traffic, bad roads and wretched, impatient, sue-happy drivers

Mysterious Book Report No. 291 – The Lioness Is The Hunter

By |2017-06-17T14:43:16+00:00June 17th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Lioness is the Hunter by Loren D. Estleman Forge/McMillan, $25.99, 246 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-8845-2 The battered city of Detroit, Michigan seems like the perfect setting for a beat-down, cynical and wise-cracking private eye who’d be considered a real loser . . . if he wasn’t so damn good at solving the toughest cases in the face of near-impossible conditions. His name is Amos Walker and he’s as hard-boiled

Mysterious Book Report No. 288 – What You Break

By |2017-05-22T16:42:55+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17304-2 One year ago—May 2016—in MBR No. 246, we alerted our readers to a new, compelling and haunting crime fiction character by the name of Gus Murphy. He’s the embodiment of the noir persona, a man dealing with a boatload of personal pain and grief, while living and operating on the gritty south shore of

Mysterious Book Report No. 286 – Desperation Road

By |2017-05-05T11:58:43+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith Lee Boudreaux Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-35303-8 Some writers have such a firm understanding of their sense of place and are able to write about it with such authenticity, that the reader is transported there in mind as she or he processes the printed words . . . almost seeing, hearing, and touching the people, places and events of

Mysterious Book Report No. 257 – Night Work

By |2017-02-21T21:07:11+00:00February 21st, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Night Work by David C. Taylor Forge/Tom Doherty, $25.99, 318 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-7485-1 Author David C. Taylor hit the literary ground running last year when his first crime-fiction novel entitled Night Life, featuring tough-guy Michael Cassidy was first published.  Cassidy’s a classic, Phillip Marlowe kind of detective, working the mean streets of 1950s New York City at a time when the Cold War—with it’s potential threat of nuclear Armageddon—was

Mysterious Book Report No. 256 – Cambodia Noir

By |2017-02-20T06:22:56+00:00February 20th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Cambodia Noir by Nick Seeley Scribner, $26.00, 339 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0608-8 Nestled between south Thailand and south Vietnam is the small Asian nation of Cambodia.  Fronted on the Gulf of Thailand and bisected by the Mekong River, the capitol city is Phnom Penh.  It’s a transit point for the opium-producing region known as the Golden Triangle.  As such, it’s a lawless place where corruption is rampant, drugs are plentiful

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. 251 – City Of Rose

By |2017-01-09T19:21:35+00:00January 9th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

City of Rose by Rob Hart Polis Books, PB, $14.95, 270 pages, ISBN 978-1-940610-51-1 Is there any place on earth after you’ve grown up living in New York City . . . or anyplace you’d rather be . . . after growing up and living in New York City? It’s a conundrum for Ash McKenna, the self-described human wrecking ball and unskilled, but productive private investigator who’s damned good

Mysterious Book Report No. 248 – Bull Mountain

By |2016-12-21T09:40:56+00:00December 21st, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.95, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17396-7 This week’s author had a metric ton of A-list crime fiction writers heaping praise on his debut novel when it first appeared in the fall of last year. The likes of C.J. Box, John Connolly, James Ellroy and others were all highly complimentary of his work in their endorsements . . . and rightfully so, for

Mysterious Book Report No. 246 – Where It Hurts

By |2016-12-07T21:18:06+00:00December 7th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Where it Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 353 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17303-5 If you’re a fan of hard-boiled noir--as I am--you’re gonna love Gus Murphy. He’s the beat-down, used up, cynical, angry, divorced, grieving, cuckolded, bitter and weary ex-cop who’s tough as a ten year old steel-toed boot, but still as altruistic at heart as the first day he pinned on a policeman’s badge. He’s the