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. 277 – Shaker

By |2017-05-05T09:39:41+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Shaker by Scott Frank Knopf/Penguin/Random House, $26.95, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35003-7 The folks living over on the left coast, earthquakes are an accepted fact of life; about as ordinary—and as welcome—as public rudeness or graffiti on our national monuments. Quakes are grudgingly acknowledged as an unpleasant fact of life out there. A trade-off perhaps, for the warm, wonderful Mediterranean climate and endless eye-popping coastline, its scenic wonders and bountiful

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. 267 – A Hero Of France

By |2017-03-22T20:35:07+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

A Hero of France  by Alan Furst Random House, $27.00, 234 pages, ISBN 978-0-8129-9649-4 On September 1, 1939, German Armed Forces invaded Poland with tanks, armored infantry divisions and dive bombers. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany the next day and World War II began. Poland surrendered two weeks later. The German forces occupied Poland, loaded their weapons and combat troops onto railroads, and headed west, right

Mysterious Book Report No. 259 – The City Of Mirrors

By |2017-02-26T12:04:00+00:00February 26th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin Ballentine Books/Random House, $28.00, 598 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-50500-2 Hey out there . . . it’s October . . . the month of election surprises, all Hallows Eve and the Day of the Dead.  Here in America, most folks celebrate by dressing their kids up in weird or outlandish costumes and going house-to-house, begging for candy on the last day of the month. 

Mysterious Book Report No. 236 – The Cellar

By |2016-11-14T07:48:03+00:00November 14th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cellar: A Novel by Minette Walters Penguin/Random House, $24.00, 246 pages, ISBN 978-0-09-959464-2 One of the great things about reading is when you figure out that it’s a voyage of personal discovery . . . and the more you read, the longer your journey into the unknown, which in turn takes you to places you couldn’t imagine before opening that book you’ve just read . . . and

Mysterious Book Report No. 214 – The Devil’s Detective

By |2016-09-24T12:47:17+00:00September 24th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth Doubleday/Random House, $25.95, 358 pages, ISBN 978-0-091956-51-6 We’re continuing with our Freak-Fest of weird reads in observance of Halloween, and you’d better brace yourself . . . because this one’s gonna be a wild ride. So far this month, we’ve covered fallen angels and a shattered New York City where the survivors zonk out, choosing to escape reality in an alternate World

Mysterious Book Report No. 210 – The Cartel – Part Two

By |2016-09-05T07:28:15+00:00September 5th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART TWO: The Cartel, by Don Winslow has been published to rave reviews by the likes of: Lee Child-Sensationally good, Harlen Coben-Absolute must-read, Michael Connelly-First rate thriller, James Ellroy-Stunningly plotted . . . to which I’m going to add my own humble accolades. The Cartel is a big, hefty novel that will give the

Mysterious Book Report No. 210 – The Cartel – Part One

By |2016-09-03T07:10:18+00:00September 3rd, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART ONE: Every now and then, a fictional novel comes along that informs as it entertains, and in doing so, the-word-of-mouth buzz about it creates a public dialogue of national significance where none existed before. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Ironweed, by William Kennedy are

Mysterious Book Report No. 203 – The Fixer

By |2016-08-19T08:01:18+00:00August 19th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Fixer by Joseph Finder Dutton/Penguin/Random House, $28.00, 375 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-95461-3 Do you remember a public works scheme called The Central Artery/Tunnel Project? It was started in 1982 and completed on the last day of December 2007. It was projected to cost 2.8 billion dollars, the final tab amounted to some 14.6 billon and will ultimately cost the taxpayers about 22 billion after interest on the bonds is