Posts in category Mysterious Book Report

Mysterious Book Report No. 363 – Dark Sac...

Mysterious Book Report Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Little Brown, $29.00, 433 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-48480-0 After twenty novels, Michael Connelly’s lonesome, jazz-loving and gifted Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch is the most iconic and well-known sleuth in all of modern crime fiction.  When the average lifespan of a serial character is about four books before […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 362 – Cherry

Mysterious Book Report Cherry

Cherry by Nico Walker Knopf, $26.95, 313 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-52013-9 Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 361 – Against ...

Mysterious Book Report Against Nature

Against Nature by Casey Barrett Kensington Books, $26.00, 335 pages, ISBN 978-1-4967-0971-4 Before Germany was reunified some thirty years ago, it was divided into east and west halves after World War II. West Germany was controlled by England, France and the United States, and was democratic. East Germany was under the auspices of the Soviet […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 354 – Pushback

Mysterious Book Report Pushback

Pushback by John Stith Re-animus Press, $15.99, 339 pages, ISBN 978-0-9672984-6-7 Serendipity is the ability to make a fortunate discovery by accident… which is just what happened to the MBR last summer, when an author we were interviewing asked if we had read or reviewed the work of a sci-fi writer named John Stith. “No,” […]