Posts by John Dwaine McKenna

Author Interview – Joe Ide

Mysterious Book Report Joe Ide

Interview With The Author: Joe Ide by John Dwaine McKenna Hello, to all of you out there in the MBR Nation, and welcome to our author interview with Joe Ide, one of the hottest new authors on the literary scene today, whose newest work is reviewed in MBR number 360.  And thanks Joe for taking […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

Mysterious Book Report Wrecked

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 359 – The Ma...

Mysterious Book Report The Man Who Came Uptown

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Mulholland, $27.00, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-47982-0 Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 358 – Dead Man...

Mysterious Book Report Dead Man Running

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:  […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line...

Mysterious Book Report The Line That Held Us

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long […]

Author Interview – Manuel Ramos

Author Interview – Manuel Ramos

Interview With The Author: Manuel Ramos by John Dwaine McKenna The Mysterious Book Report would like to extend a warm welcome to Denver native and acclaimed award-winning fellow crime fiction writer Manuel Ramos, who’s put  a Hispanic twist to the hard-boiled genre with an ex-con turned private eye named Gus Corral, whose sardonic voice narrates […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 356 – The Gold...

Mysterious Book Report The Golden Havana Night

The Golden Havana Night by Manuel Ramos Arte Publico Press, PB $17.95, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-55885-8671 One of the most interesting new private investigators to come to the MBR’s attention is a Denver-based ex-convict named Gus Corral. He’s the creation of Manuel Ramos, a life-long resident of the Mile High City, as well as an acclaimed, […]

Author Interview – Tom Pitts

Mysterious Book Report Tom Pitts

Interview With The Author:  Tom Pitts by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is one we’ve been looking forward to since last year, when MBR No. 300 reviewed American Static, calling it “One of the finest noir yarns we’ve read in years.”  Now, author Tom Pitts is back, with a new piece of hard-boiled fiction, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 355 – 101

Mysterious Book Report 101

101 by Tom Pitts Down & Out Books, PB $18.95, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-38-9 US Highway 101 runs north from the San Francisco Bay, up to Humboldt County . . . the remote, pot growing area of California known as the emerald triangle because of all the grow operations up there.  It’s an area that’s […]

Author Interview – John Stith

Myesterious Book Report John Stith

Author Interview: John Stith by John Dwaine McKenna Our interviewee today is bestselling and award-winning author John Stith, whose newest thriller is reviewed in MBR No 354, along with a brief account of our own serendipitous introduction by Ms. Nickless. It’s an honor to be able to speak with you, and please accept our sincere […]