Mysterious Book Report No. 362 – Cherry

By |2019-02-12T07:32:37+00:00February 12th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Cherry by Nico Walker Knopf, $26.95, 313 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-52013-9 Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during the year 2017, according to the latest

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

By |2019-01-28T06:25:52+00:00January 28th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just come out with his third—and best, in our opinion—installment of IQ’s adventures in his

Mysterious Book Report No. 359 – The Man Who Came Uptown

By |2019-01-21T06:08:56+00:00January 21st, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Mulholland, $27.00, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-47982-0 Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the reading habit, thanks to a librarian named Anna Kaplan, who takes special interest in

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. 341 – Under Water

By |2018-07-03T20:44:49+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Under Water by Casey Barrett Kensington Publishing Corp., $25.00, 309 pages, ISBN 978-1-4697-0968-4 The MBR is ever on the lookout for debut authors with arresting characters, compelling plots and above-average wordsmithing talent.  When we find one, we do our best to alert all of you, so that together, we can read and enjoy the writer and character as they grow.  Those types of people are hard to find, and

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. 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. 307 – The Blinds

By |2017-10-24T18:11:02+00:00October 24th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-266134-0 Next on our October freakfest is a novel by Adam Strenbergh, the creative demento who conjured up the Edgar nominated Spademan novels. Spademan’s the sometimes kind-hearted assassin, who operates in a destroyed, dystopian New York City. This time however, Mr. Sternbergh’s come up with a standalone that takes place in Texas. Who knew, or would’ve guessed, that

Mysterious Book Report No. 304 – Exit Strategy

By |2017-10-05T07:38:48+00:00October 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57438-2 One year ago, (MBR 254,) we alerted readers to a new series by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton that featured an anti-hero protagonist named Nick Mason. Mason’s the guy who, in order to get out of serving the last fifteen years of a twenty year sentence in a maximum security prison, makes a

Mysterious Book Report No. 287 – Vicious Circle

By |2017-05-22T16:29:47+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 367 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17661-6 Although our focus here at the MBR has always been finding debut authors with promising talent and an outstanding story to tell, the unvarnished truth is that there’s a few A-list writers . . . James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, or Michael Connelly for example who we always read and review, whenever they publish a new