Posts tagged Crime Fiction

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Mysterious Book Report A Promise To Kill

A Promise To Kill by Erik Storey Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2418-1 This is part 2 of our introduction to an exciting new hero in crime fiction named Clyde Barr. He’s the altruistic world traveler, the sometimes mercenary war fighter, and a man who’s always on the side of the underdog. He’s […]

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Mysterious Book Report Nothing Short Of Dying

Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey Simon and Schuster, PB $9.99, 392 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-6073-8 We’re excited here at the MBR, to bring you part I of an event that only comes along once in a blue moon and is scarcer than two-buck Chuck at a gang-banger’s ball. It’s our awesome two-fer . . […]

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Mysterious Book Report A Game of Ghosts

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly Atria/Emily Bestler Books, $26.99, 464 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7189-5 We’ve saved the best for last. Our final submission for this years MBR Freak Fest is by the undisputed heavyweight king of Gothic Noir Crime Fiction. His name is John Connolly. He’s an Irish writer who’s been atop worldwide best […]

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Mysterious Book Report Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57438-2 One year ago, (MBR 254,) we alerted readers to a new series by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton that featured an anti-hero protagonist named Nick Mason. Mason’s the guy who, in order to get out of serving the last […]

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Mysterious Book Report Here And Gone

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49957-8 Recently, there’s been a growing movement in the publishing world, attempting to increase readership and sell more books by encouraging some A-list male crime fiction writers to produce new novels using androgynous-sounding names. The reasoning behind this is that […]

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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 American Static

American Static by Tom Pitts Down & Out Books, PB $17.95, 307 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-84-7 The Mysterious Book Report has reached another milestone with this, our 300th review. It’s taken a little more than six years and a couple of hundred thousand words to get to this point, so we wanted to mark the occasion […]

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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 Crime Song

Crime Song by David Swinson Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26421-1 Last winter, in MBR No. 275: The Second Girl, we introduced our audience to an ex-Washington D.C. cop turned crime-fiction writer named David Swinson, who’s created one of the best anti-heros to come down the pike in, I dunno, like […]

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Mysterious Book Report Celine

Celine by Peter Heller Alfred A Knopf/Penguin Random House, $25.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49389-7 In order to be successful, today’s crime fiction writer must be able to come up with a unique, new and different kind of detective that readers haven’t encountered before. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen Sam Spade, Spenser, Marlowe and Miss […]