Mysterious Book Report No. 370 – Wolf Pack

By |2019-04-22T20:09:33+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box Putnam/Penguin/Random House, $27.00, 370 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-53819-6 Unlike most of the rest of our squared-off western states that’re all of a sudden filling up with folks fleeing from overcrowded, overtaxed and overregulated places to the east and west of them, Wyoming is still windswept, wide-open and mostly rural.  It has some of the most spectacular scenery and most magnificent wild game and fish anywhere

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line That Held Us

By |2019-01-14T20:42:59+00:00January 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long after finishing the last chapter and reaching the astonishing conclusion, because it leaves several

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. 344 – Blood Standard

By |2018-07-23T18:52:48+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood Standard by Laird Barron Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-07352-1287-9 The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle with the world, and themselves, in an idealistic representation of the human condition.  Simply

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. 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. 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. 276 – The Far Empty

By |2017-05-05T09:21:56+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott Putnam/Penguin, $26.00, 425 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17634-0 This week’s MBR is written on the day after what’s already being called The most dramatic Super Bowl ever played: number LI, or fifty-one in Arabic numerals. It was the greatest comeback in playoff football history . . . and an apt comparison to what has to be one of the best, and most dramatic noir

Mysterious Book Report No. 271 – Dancing With The Tiger

By |2017-05-05T07:14:24+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Dancing With The Tiger by Lili Wright Miriam Wood/Putnam Penguin Random House, $26.00, 453 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17517-6 Today, in nearly every corner of the world, works of art are being stolen, forged or destroyed by persons of the criminal classes. They are rapacious, greedy, ignorant and uncaring of the fact that their crimes are against all of humanity—for all time—because each piece of art is unique and cannot be

Mysterious Book Report No. 255 – Off The Grid

By |2017-02-08T07:34:24+00:00February 8th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Off the Grid By C.J. Box Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 371 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17660-9 In today’s hi-tech world, it’s  almost impossible to get away from all the must-see, must-have, must-buy  devices that  didn’t even exist  as recently  as fifteen or twenty years ago . . . gizmos we didn’t need or want until relentless, incessant, slick and highly persuasive advertising coupled with good old-fashioned peer pressure convinced us otherwise