Posts tagged Death

Mysterious Book Report No. 364 – Last Loo...

Mysterious Book Report Last Looks

Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould Dutton/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-524-74249-2 According to the Collins Unabridged Dictionary and Synonym Finder of the English Language, the word quirky is defined thus: “peculiarly individual or unconventional.”  It’s synonyms are: “odd, unusual, eccentric,” and well, you get the gist.  We mention this only because this […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

Mysterious Book Report Wrecked

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line...

Mysterious Book Report The Line That Held Us

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 349 -Broken Windows

Mysterious Book Report Broken Windows

Broken Windows by Paul D. Marks Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-07-5 One of the hottest, most emotional and controversial issues facing the nation today is immigration.  Say it once at a cocktail party and a discussion will start.  Say it twice and an argument breaks out.  Dare utter the word […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 334 – Green Su...

Green Sun by Kent Anderson Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown, $27.00, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-46680-6 There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 301 – The Forc...

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 294 – Sorrow R...

Mysterious Book Report Sorrow Road

Sorrow Road by Julia Keller Minotaur Books, PB, $15.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-08959-5 The green rolling hills of West Virginia are the nearest thing to Heaven that I know though the times are sad and drear and I cannot linger here they’ll keep me and never let me go . . . are the opening […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 270 – So Say T...

Mysterious Book Report So Say The Fallen

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville Soho Press, $26.95, 325 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-739-1 An often explored mystery theme that never seems to get old, is the question of suicide or murder. What better way to get away with it than staging the death scene and making it look like the decedent took his or […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 269 – Every Ma...

Mysterious Book Report Every Man A Menace

Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman Grove Atlantic Press, $25.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2544-6 Hello, and welcome to the 2017 edition of the Mysterious Book Report, where we’re dedicated to the proposition that You must read . . . or surrender yourself to ignorance, which makes just as much sense today as it did […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 246 – Where It...

Mysterious Book Report Where It Hurts

Where it Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 353 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17303-5 If you’re a fan of hard-boiled noir–as I am–you’re gonna love Gus Murphy. He’s the beat-down, used up, cynical, angry, divorced, grieving, cuckolded, bitter and weary ex-cop who’s tough as a ten year old steel-toed boot, but still as altruistic […]