Mysterious Book Report No. 358 – Dead Man Running

By |2019-01-17T06:16:27+00:00January 17th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton Putman/Penguin, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57444-3 We’ve said it before, and we’ll no doubt say it again, because it’s one of the elements that makes for great drama, as well as the most compelling plots in all of literature . . . and it’s especially true in crime fiction:  The more evil the villain—the more heroic the protagonist.  Put another way; in order

Mysterious Book Report No. 318 – Paradise Valley

By |2018-01-22T06:02:29+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box Minotaur Books, $27.99, 340 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-05104-2 Our author this week needs no introduction, as his name has become synonymous with the modern American West. We’re referring of course, to the prolific and award-winning Wyoming writer C.J. Box, and his beloved character, Joe Pickett; the iconic Wyoming Game Warden, all-American good guy and dedicated family man. Now, Mr. Box has another character that the

Mysterious Book Report No. 309 – The Trust

By |2017-11-01T19:27:11+00:00November 1st, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-12744-0 The Troubles, as the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, 80s and 90s became known, has long been an area of interest for the MBR. The sectarian violence there pitted Protestant Unionists—those in favor of remaining in the British Commonwealth—against Catholic Republicans—who wanted to join the Republic of Ireland—in some of the worst violence

Mysterious Book Report No. 279 – The Emerald Lie

By |2017-05-05T10:05:32+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $25.00, 345 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2546-0 For the past few reviews the MBR has had a string of first time authors . . . so we thought a change of pace was in order for this week, and we’re going with an old favorite, an Irish writer with more than thirty books to his name and a boatload of awards and

Mysterious Book Report No. 234 – Ruins Of War

By |2016-11-08T06:39:33+00:00November 8th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Ruins of War by John A Connell Berkley/Penguin-Random House, $26.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-425-27895-6 Every time we start thinking that the deep, thoroughly-explored and fully-drawn well of World War II stories is about to run dry . . . along comes another author with a whole new, and fascinating point of view, coupled together with a totally original plot to disabuse us of the notion. So move over Ken

Mysterious Book Report No. 194 – All Day And A Night

By |2016-08-08T07:02:10+00:00August 8th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

All Day and A Night by Alafair Burke Harper Collins, $26.99, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-220838-5 In the argot of the penitentiary—prison slang—an inmate saying that he’s “got all day” means that he’s serving a life sentence. The term “all day and a night” means a life sentence without the possibility of parole, also referred to as life without and sometimes as LWOP. I know these terms because I just

Mysterious Book Report No. 191 – Prayer

By |2016-08-02T18:32:20+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Prayer by Philip Kerr Putnam/Penguin, $26.95, 409 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16765-2 Across the world today, debates are raging between believers and non-believers about the existence of God, and the power of prayer. Radicals are trying to establish theocracies where everyone will adhere to strict religious law, as in Iran, where there’s no separation between church and State, because the church is the government. It’s where religious authority figures interpret the

Mysterious Book Report No. 179 – Hangman

By |2016-07-18T07:36:23+00:00July 18th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Hangman by Stephan Talty Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 302 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-53808-6 Buffalo, New York is where the novels of Stephan Talty take place, and after last year’s breakout hit entitled Black Irish, his growing numbers of fans have been eagerly awaiting the next installment of his Abbie Kearney detective series. She’s been called “One of the most intriguing suspense protagonists in memory,” by leading crime fiction writer Tess

Mysterious Book Report No. 176 – The Ploughmen

By |2016-07-17T09:03:43+00:00July 17th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan Henry Holt, $26.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-8050-9951-5 The Ploughmen is a remarkable work that will resonate with readers on several levels: its unique storyline, rich characterizations, linguistics, lyricism and the author’s professed and obvious love of the land. The story takes place in Montana, where the author was born and raised, where he still lives and teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Mysterious Book Report No. 161 – Providence Rag

By |2016-06-29T06:57:30+00:00June 29th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva Forge/Tom Doherty & Associates, $25.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-7429-5 One of my favorite literary characters and amateur sleuths is a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping, hometown-homeboy ace investigative reporter and crime-fighting journalist by the name of Liam Mulligan.  He’s based in Providence, Rhode Island, working for a venerated, one hundred forty year old newspaper that’s barely managing to stay afloat, thanks mostly to the publisher’s deep sense