Posts tagged Cop

Mysterious Book Report No. 301 ̵...

Mysterious Book Report The Force

The Force by Don Winslow Wm Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 479 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-266441-9 According to Dwight, one of my retired cop buddies, only a few crime fiction writers Really get it, when writing about the demands, the stresses and the effect—on marriages, children and personal lives—of being a police officer in America today. It’s a […]

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Mysterious Book Report Revolver

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 316 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-40323-8 The MBR has often reviewed works of historical fiction—plotted as crime fiction, murder mysteries and whodunnits of all flavors, sizes and eras—and even some which take place in the future. This week however, is as unique a piece of historical fiction […]

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Mysterious Book Report The White Van

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., $24.00, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2304-6 We’ve all been guilty, at some time or another, of staying at the party just a wee bit too long, or succumbing to the exhortations of one of our Good Time Charlie pals, to Awwwgoahead, one more won’t killya […]

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Mysterious Book Report Dragonfish

Dragonfish by Vu Tran W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-07780-3 Noir fiction “Emphasizes the human urge toward self-destruction,” and “Focuses on the villain,” according to crime fiction writers James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Its about the down-and-outers, the losers, the hopeless, unforgiven and abandoned among us who often spend their entire literary […]

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Mysterious Book Report Harbor Nocturne

Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh Mysterious Press, $27.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2610-8 A few weeks ago, I made some lists, based on preliminary reviews from publishers and booksellers for summer reading fun.  One of the books on the list was Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh.  He’s a retired LAPD detective with twenty-some-odd books to his […]

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Mysterious Book Report Fun & Games

Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski Mulholland, $14.99, 286 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-13328-9 Have you ever had one of those days when nothing goes right?  Where every blessed thing is late, broken, or uncooperative?  You know what I mean.  The wake-up alarm doesn’t go off, you can’t find the car keys, the boss is all in an […]