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Mysterious Book Report Michael KardosMichael Kardos

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Bluff, Before He Finds Her, and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and have won a Pushcart Prize. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Mysterious Book Report Claire GemClaire Gem

Claire Gem was born in Brooklyn, New York, an only daughter wedged between three brothers. After her family relocated upstate, she attended Catholic elementary school before she was brutally cast into public Junior High. She married young and settled in Middletown, New York. Claire has also lived in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. She’s had a jumbled assortment of jobs, ranging from a (very bad) waitress in Friendly’s restaurant, to a (slightly better) hairdresser, before further exploring her creative side to become a (pretty good) bridal gown designer. “I thoroughly enjoyed my training at the International Academy for Design, and loved working with the brides. But the stress associated with such a huge responsibility—that one, big day in a girl’s life—was overwhelming.” That’s when Claire turned to her keyboard to express her creativity.

Mysterious Book Report False FlagFalse Flag by John Altman

His thrillers have sold over a quarter-million copies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Poland, and the Netherlands.

Mysterious Book Report Ruins Of WarRuins Of War by John A. Connell

Historical crime fiction writer. SPOILS OF VICTORY (2/2/16) RUINS OF WAR (2015) Follow post-WII detective Collins to the most dangerous & outrageous locations.

Mysterious Book Report Slaughterhouse BluesSlaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski

Nick Kolakowski’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, North American Review, and Carrier Pigeon, among other venues. He lives in New York City.

Mysterious Book Report A Cold Shot To The HeartLast Words by Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times-bestselling author of 11 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Mysterious Book Report Pacific BurnPacific Burn by Barry Lancet

Barry Lancet’s Japantown, an international thriller, won the prestigious Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel, and was selected by both Suspense Magazine and renowned mystery critic Oline Cogdill as one of the Best Debuts of the Year. His second book, Tokyo Kill, was a finalist for a Shamus Award for Best P.I. Novel of the Year and was selected as a must-read for Asian leaders by Forbes magazine. The third entry in the Jim Brodie series is Pacific Burn. A movie or TV series based on the books is currently under discussion.

Colo-Noir-cover-211x300Colorado Noir by John Dwaine McKenna

Award-winning author, John Dwaine McKenna takes readers on the wild side with 11 of the best stories in hardboiled crime fiction you’ll ever read.
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Mysterious Book Report Blood On The TracksBlood On The Tracks by Barbara Nickless

Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and UK. She lives with her family in Colorado. DEAD STOP is the second book in her bestselling Sydney Rose Parnell Series.

Mysterious Book Report False FlagIllegal Holdings by Michael Niemann

“The third case for Niemann’s hero, a slick sleuth in the 007 mold, deepens the portrait of contemporary Africa through its detailed descriptions of Mozambique and its culture.”—Kirkus

Mysterious Book Report Light It UpLight It Up by Nick Petrie

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. His first novel, The Drifter, won the 2016 Thriller Award and the 2016 Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for 2016 Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel, as well as the 2016 Hammett Prize for Best Novel. He was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017, and won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright and Light It Up. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in Milwaukee.

Mysterious Book Report Bad Boy BoogieBad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck

Thomas Pluck is the author of Bad Boy Boogie, a Jay Desmarteaux crime thriller, and the Anthony finalist editor of Protectors 2: Heroes.
He has slung hash, trained in martial arts in America and Japan, worked on the docks, and even swept the Guggenheim museum (but not as part of a clever heist). He hails from Nutley, New Jersey, the birthplace of criminal masterminds Martha Stewart and Richard Blake, but has so far evaded capture. He remains a fugitive with his wife and their two cats.

Mysterious Book Report My Bad A Mile High NoirMy Bad A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos

Best-selling author of Chicano noir crime fiction. Two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award. Edgar© finalist. International Latino Book Awards Honorable Mentions.

Mysterious Book Report A Cold Shot To The HeartCold Shot To The Heart by Wallace Stroby www.wallacestroby.com

Wallace Stroby is the author of the novels KINGS OF MIDNIGHT, COLD SHOT TO THE HEART, GONE ‘TIL NOVEMBER, THE HEARTBREAK LOUNGE and THE BARBED-WIRE KISS, which was a finalist for the 2004 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

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