Mysterious Book Report No. 219 – Dragonfish

By |2016-10-11T07:19:27+00:00October 11th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Dragonfish by Vu Tran W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-07780-3 Noir fiction “Emphasizes the human urge toward self-destruction,” and “Focuses on the villain,” according to crime fiction writers James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Its about the down-and-outers, the losers, the hopeless, unforgiven and abandoned among us who often spend their entire literary lives trapped in self-imposed prisons of the mind. These characters—who attract and repel the

Mysterious Book Report No. 218 – New Yorked

By |2016-10-06T07:26:08+00:00October 6th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

New Yorked by Rob Hart Polis Books, PB, $14.95, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-940610-40-5 Welcome! This is the Mysterious Book Report, a weekly column where we talk about, analyze and feature books and authors dealing with Mysteries, Crime Fiction and an occasional Sci-Fi or Supernatural Thriller. We’re going to discuss the latest in Spy Novels, dysfunctional, but brilliant detectives and all sorts of private eyes, shady lawyers, amateur sleuths and

Mysterious Book Report No. 200 – The House Of Wolfe

By |2016-08-16T08:18:23+00:00August 16th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $24.00, 248 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2246-9 Today is an individual milestone with this, the 200th Mysterious Book Report, and I wanted it to be something special to commemorate the occasion. The selection is personal, one of my favorite novelist who’s influenced any number of other writers and readers with his unique ability to transform the tough grit and blood

Mysterious Book Report No. 186 – The Final Silence

By |2016-07-26T07:32:33+00:00July 26th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Final Silence by Stuart Neville Soho Press, Inc., $26.95, 340 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-548-9 If you think about it, all of us have two faces. The first is the one we show to the world and the second is our private self—the inner person—the person we truly are, where our secret interests lie. Usually they’re harmless enough . . . a dedicated coin or stamp collector for instance, maybe

Mysterious Book Report No. 177 – Midnight in Europe

By |2016-07-17T09:30:44+00:00July 17th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst Random House/Penguin, $27.00, 251 pages, ISBN 978-1-4000-6949-1 If you’re a fan of noir fiction, tales of WWII exploits or spy thrillers, you’ll love this week’s MBR . . . an espionage novel set in Paris in 1938, on the eve of World War II, just as the Spanish Civil War is coming to an end. Generalissimo Franco’s Nationalist forces, together with their Nazi

Mysterious Book Report No. 157 – The Big Crowd

By |2016-06-24T07:47:52+00:00June 24th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, $27.00, 424 pages, ISBN 978-0-618-85990-0 The Mysterious Book Report has long been an ardent and enthusiastic promoter of the classic black and white noir movies made in the golden age of film during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  They are, in fact, the very definition of the French word noir, meaning ‘black film’, which has been assimilated into English

Mysterious Book Report No. 140 – Brown’s Requiem

By |2016-05-26T07:43:53+00:00May 26th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy Perennial Harper Collins, PB $13.99, 348 pages, ISBN # 978-0-380-73177-0 Los Angeles, California has long been the epicenter for crime fiction of all types. They include police procedurals, courtroom dramas and private eye yarns by a long list of world class authors like Raymond Chandler, Earle Stanley Gardner and Dashiel Hammett from the golden age of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, as well as

Mysterious Book Report No. 117 – Follow Her Home

By |2016-04-25T07:53:53+00:00April 25th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Follow Her Home by Steph Cha Minotaur Books, $24.99, 278 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-00962-3 As regular readers of the Mysterious Book Report, know we work to search out and find debut mysteries written by first-time authors and grow as fans with them, rather than bowing and scraping at the feet of the mega-writers with seven or eight figure publishing contracts from the giants of the industry—although we do admit to

Mysterious Book Report No. 65 – Ghosting

By |2016-03-08T07:15:31+00:00March 8th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Ghosting by Kirby Gann IG Publishing, PBK, $15.95, 286 pages, ISBN 978-193543947-9 Ghosting by Kirby Gann is a new genre loosely termed “southern noir.”  Noir, as regular readers of the MBR know, is dark, gloomy and generally concerns the troubled members of society, the outsiders, outlaws and outlandish ones among us . . . many of whom are involved in all types of criminal activity.  Traditionally, noir stories take

Mysterious Book Report No. 39 – The Postman Always Rings Twice

By |2016-01-27T07:38:15+00:00January 27th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain Black Lizard Vintage Crime, $13.00, 116 pages, ISBN 978-0-679-72325-7 For this week’s review, I reached into the rear seat of Mister Peabody’s way-back machine, and pulled out a 1934 noir crime classic that was “banned in Boston for it’s explosive violence and eroticism.”  Written by an elder statesman of the genre, James M. Cain and  made into one of my

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