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

Where It Hurts

By |2019-12-17T21:23:21+00:00December 7th, 2016|2016 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 246 Where it Hurts by John Dwaine McKenna 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 newly-minted character from

Mysterious Book Report No. 87 – Gun Church

By |2016-03-27T15:43:27+00:00March 27th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Gun Church by Reed Farrel Coleman Tyrus Books-F & W Media, $25.95, 396 pages, ISBN 978-1-4405-5170-3 I wasn’t sure about reviewing this week’s MBR after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and elsewhere.  But after thinking about it for a while and seeking advice from friends on both sides of the issue, I’m going ahead with it.  Some may see it as insensitive on my part, and I’m prepared to

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