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Mysterious Book Report A Divided Spy

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-02104-5 For some arcane reason . . . known only to themselves and the cosmos . . . the Brits are the masters of the spy novel universe. One only has to think of the names Ian Fleming and John LeCarré, or […]

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Mysterious Book Report What You Break

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17304-2 One year ago—May 2016—in MBR No. 246, we alerted our readers to a new, compelling and haunting crime fiction character by the name of Gus Murphy. He’s the embodiment of the noir persona, a man dealing with a boatload of […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 9 –...

The Ranger by Ace Atkins (Putnam, $25.95, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-15748-6) Some of the best thrillers and mysteries are driven by the idea that an ordinary woman or man is somehow caught up in an extraordinary situation.  Time and place, or circumstances and events force the protagonist to act.  Maybe it’s fate, maybe it’s not, […]

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Mysterious Book Report - Red On Red

Red On Red by Edward Conlon (Spiegel & Grau, $26.00, 442 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-51917-5) If Woody Allen had a Harvard degree and was a New York City detective who wrote a novel, Red on Red  by Edward Conlon would be it.  Red on Red has more angst than a busload of teen-agers have drama.  It’s […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 4 –...

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (Harper Collins, $26.99, 325 pages, ISBN # 978-0-06-183692-3) I have to preface this week’s Mysterious Book Report by saying that I’ve never read a novel by Dennis Lehane that I didn’t like.  Mystic River, The Given Day and ShutterIsland all grabbed me and never let go.  Lehane’s newest, Moonlight Mile […]

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Mysterios Book Report - The Informationist

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (Crown, $23.00, 307 page, ISBN 978-0-307-71709-2) When I first picked up The Informationist, by Taylor Stevens, I did so because of the praise it was receiving from authors like Vince Flynn, Tess Gerritsen and Colin Harrison, among others, and I wasn’t disappointed.  They were all spot-on.  This debut novel features […]

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Mysterious Book Report - GIDEON'S SWORD

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing, $26.99, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-446-56432-8) Gideon’s Sword is another thrill ride from two of my favorite authors who introduce a brand new character named Gideon Crew in this one.  The adventure starts on the first page and never lets up as Gideon fulfills his […]