Posts by John Dwaine McKenna

Mysterious Book Report No. 349 -Broken Windows

Mysterious Book Report Broken Windows

Broken Windows by Paul D. Marks Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-07-5 One of the hottest, most emotional and controversial issues facing the nation today is immigration.  Say it once at a cocktail party and a discussion will start.  Say it twice and an argument breaks out.  Dare utter the word […]

Author Interview – Rob Hart

Mysterious Book Report Rob Hart

Interview With The Author: Rob Hart  by John Dwaine McKenna We have an exciting author interview this week with an author whom we’ve admired since his work was first brought to our attention by the folks at Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Book Shop in New York City a few years ago.  His name is Rob Hart, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 348 – Potter’s...

Mysterious Book Report Potter's Field

Potter’s Field by Rob Hart Polis Books, $25.99, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-93-8 Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night.  The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness […]

Author Interview – J.L. Abramo

J L Ablamo Mysterious Book Report

Interview With The Author: J.L. Abramo  by John Dwaine McKenna Hello and welcome to Joe Abramo, whose family saga, American History is reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 347.  Thanks for taking time out to speak with us today and giving our readers your insights and observations.  We know you’re busy  . . . so […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 347 – American...

Mysterious Book Report American History

American History by J.L. Abramo Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 362 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-70-4 The twentieth century may go down in history as the most epochal of all time.  It’s already the most fascinating, pivotal and the most consequential of eras because it was without doubt the bloodiest one ever.  Now, in a brand […]

Author Interview – John Altman

Mysterious Book Report John Altman

Interview With The Author: John Altman by John Dwaine McKenna Our conversation this week is with John Altman, the best-selling author of False Flag, the spy thriller that’s reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 322. Thanks for speaking with us today. I know you’re busy so let’s get to it. Our first question is: How […]

Author Interview – Nick Petrie

Mysterious Book Report Nick Petrie

Interview With The Author: Nick Petrie by John Dwaine McKenna Our author this week is Nick Petrie, the award-winning writer of the outstanding Peter Ash thrillers and a master of the art of bad-assiveness.  So, thanks, Nick, for sharing your insights with our readers, and welcome, to the Mysterious Book Report.  Let’s get started . […]

Mysterious Book Report – Fan Favorite 2

Mysterious Book ReportLight It Up

Light It Up by Nick Petrie Putnam, $26.00, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57563-1 As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, […]

Author Interview – Michael Kardos

Mysterious Book Report Michael Kardos

Interview With The Author: Michael Kardos by John Dwaine McKenna With many thanks, our interview this week is with Michael Kardos, the Pushcart Prize- winning author of Bluff, who holds degrees from Princeton, Ohio State, and the University of Missouri. He lives in Mississippi, where he teaches creative writing at Mississippi State. Somehow, he’s also […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 346 – Bluff

Mysterious Book Report Bluff

Bluff by Michael Kardos Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $26.00, 272 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2804-1 Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection.  The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over here and […]