Mysterious Book Report No. 219 – Dragonfish

By |2016-10-11T07:19:27+00:00October 11th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Dragonfish by Vu Tran W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-07780-3 Noir fiction “Emphasizes the human urge toward self-destruction,” and “Focuses on the villain,” according to crime fiction writers James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Its about the down-and-outers, the losers, the hopeless, unforgiven and abandoned among us who often spend their entire literary lives trapped in self-imposed prisons of the mind. These characters—who attract and repel the

Mysterious Book Report No. 155 – Chance

By |2016-06-17T15:18:18+00:00June 17th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Chance by Kem Nunn Scribner, $26.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-7432-8924-5 Some of the best thriller and crime fiction stories are built around the premise of an ordinary person being put into an extraordinary situation. For example . . . Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and as a result, develops supernatural powers which totally change his life as he becomes 'The Amazing Spiderman,' a crusading crime fighter

Mysterious Book Report No. 39 – The Postman Always Rings Twice

By |2016-01-27T07:38:15+00:00January 27th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain Black Lizard Vintage Crime, $13.00, 116 pages, ISBN 978-0-679-72325-7 For this week’s review, I reached into the rear seat of Mister Peabody’s way-back machine, and pulled out a 1934 noir crime classic that was “banned in Boston for it’s explosive violence and eroticism.”  Written by an elder statesman of the genre, James M. Cain and  made into one of my