Posts tagged Corruption

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 Bad Boy Boogie

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck Down and Out Books, PB, $17.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-59-5 For all of my adult life, New Jersey was a place I landed in and took off from at Newark International, rented a car and headed up the Garden State Parkway, bound for the family homestead in the Catskills. […]

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Mysterious Book Report Blue Light Yokohama

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon Minotaur Books, $25.99, 417 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-11048-0 Every now and then, a forthcoming book generates so much pre-publication interest that the MBR wants to get a look at it at the earliest possible date. If an ARC, or Advance Readers (i.e. Reviewers) Copy isn’t readily available, we can sometimes […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Far Empty

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott Putnam/Penguin, $26.00, 425 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17634-0 This week’s MBR is written on the day after what’s already being called The most dramatic Super Bowl ever played: number LI, or fifty-one in Arabic numerals. It was the greatest comeback in playoff football history . . . and an apt […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Ways of the Dead

The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker Viking Penguin, $27.95, 272 pages, ISBN 978-0-670-01658-7 It’s a fact that cities around the world have two faces. The first face is the Chamber of Commerce one; that’s where we see beautiful monuments and buildings, parks and well maintained streets with trees and greenery, stately homes and […]

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Mysterious Book Report Never Go Back

Never Go Back by Lee Child Delacorte Press/Random House, $28.00, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-34434-0 I’ve said any number of times that I don’t often review the major, ‘A List’ authors, but every once in a while there’s an exception.  This week is one of them.  I mean-hey, what’s not to like about a big, hunky, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Wolves Eat Dogs

Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith Simon & Schuster, 2004, $25.95, 337 pages, ISBN 0-684-87254-4 Books which will transport all of us through time and space; books that know no borders, no limits and allow the reader to peek over the shoulder and into the lives of all the characters the world has to […]

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Mysterious Book Report An African Affair

An African Affair by Nina Darnton Viking, $25.99, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-670-02288-5 Okay, class, raise your hand if you know where Nigeria is located.  If you said “Africa, of course,” you’re right of course, but that’s like saying “the Catskills are in North America.”  It covers a wide patch of territory.  The truth is, I […]