Posts by John Dwaine McKenna

Author Interview – Claire Gem

Mysterious Book Report Claire Gem

Hello, to all of you out there in the electronic haze, and Welcome, to our newest feature here at the Mysteriousbookreport.com . . . . Author Interviews. In this space we’ll be featuring the insights, thoughts, writing tips and news about forthcoming books from some of the authors whose works have been reviewed in the […]

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Mysterious Book Report Don’t Skip Out On Me

Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin Harper Perennial, $22.99, 269 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-268445-5 This weeks MBR defies genre.  Although noirish in tone, it’s unclassifiable by nature because it includes elements of several different styles.  It’s a tough guy story that could have been written by Hemingway or London, featuring a plot which might’ve […]

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Mysterious book rport Dangerous Boys

Dangerous Boys by Greg F. Gifune Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 308 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-52-0 In the summer of 1984, a series of heat waves blasted the northeast United States in rapid succession, one after another.  It’s particularly hot in the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the usual cooling ocean breezes […]

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Mysterious Book Report Sunburn

Sunburn by Laura Lippman William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238992-3 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the warm weather season; a time for vacations, kicking back, relaxing and light summertime reading.  And hey, what could be better, we’re kicking it off with one of America’s most loved, respected and widely-read authors […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Hush

The Hush by John Hart St. Martin’s Press, $27.99, 418 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-01230-2 One of the awesomest young writers to come down the literary turnpike in the new millennium is a southern gothic wordsmith named John Hart. The accolades, superlatives and awards directed at him keep piling up at an astonishing rate; making him one […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Detonator

The Detonator by Vincent Zandri Polis Books, $25.99, 287 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-88-4 Psychological thrillers are among the most popular of modern crime fiction works, because they give readers a long and hard look into the hearts and minds and motives of people who are far outside of the usual norms of society.  The Irish and […]

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Green Sun by Kent Anderson Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown, $27.00, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-46680-6 There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat […]

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Mysterious Book Report Killer Choice

Killer Choice by Tom Hunt Berkley/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-58640-8 A harrowing ride into desperation, is how one commentator described this chilling suspense novel by a debut author who posits the following question:  How far would you go to save the life of the person you love most in the world?  That […]

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Mysterious Book Report Down The River Unto The Sea

Down The River Unto The Sea by Walter Mosley Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown and Co., $27.00, 322 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50964-0 Walter Mosley has authored more than fifty books.  He’s been appointed a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, won just about any award you could name, his books have been translated into twenty […]

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Mysterious Book Report Defectors

Defectors by Joseph Kanon ATRIA BOOKS/Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2139-5 In light of all the nic-nac paddy-whacking that’s been going on for weeks . . . or is it months . . . or, OMG . . . years now about Russia and who did what to whom, and the when, where, […]