Posts tagged Irish

Mysterious Book Report No. 344 – Blood St...

Mysterious Book Report Blood Standard

Blood Standard by Laird Barron Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-07352-1287-9 The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 339 – Don’t Sk...

Mysterious Book Report Don’t Skip Out On Me

Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin Harper Perennial, $22.99, 269 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-268445-5 This weeks MBR defies genre.  Although noirish in tone, it’s unclassifiable by nature because it includes elements of several different styles.  It’s a tough guy story that could have been written by Hemingway or London, featuring a plot which might’ve […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 308 – A Game o...

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 303 – Here And...

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 279 – The Emer...

Mysterious Book Report The Emerald Lie

The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $25.00, 345 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2546-0 For the past few reviews the MBR has had a string of first time authors . . . so we thought a change of pace was in order for this week, and we’re going with an old favorite, an Irish writer […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 212 – The Wolf...

Mysterious Book Report The Wolf In Winter

The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly Emily Bestler Books/Atria, a division of Simon & Shuster, $26.00, 418 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-0318-3 Can you believe it’s already October? Where did the summer go? Oh well, fall is here now, and that means Halloween . . . which is giving Christmas a run for its money in […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 207 – Green He...

Mysterious Book Report Green Hell

Green Hell by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press-Grove/Atlantic, $25.00, 232 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2356-5 It’s no secret that I have a Jones for contemporary Irish writers of crime fiction, reading and reviewing their work whenever possible. Atop the pantheon in my opinion is a capricious, ever unpredictable, but always exceptional creative genius by the name of Ken […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 147 – Red Sky ...

Mysterious Book Report Red Sky in Morning

Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch Little, Brown and Company, $25.00, 275 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-23025-4 There’s an old Irish joke Michael Curley told me a number of years ago that goes like this:  How can you tell when an Irishman is losing his mind?  He forgets who he has grudges against!  It’s a joke […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 46 – Headstone

Mysterious Book Report Headstone

Headstone By Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, 256 pages, $24.00, ISBN 978-0-80-1212600-9 I’m sitting here in Colorado Springs, munching on Irish soda bread and preparing MBR Number 46, and hey, guess what . . . it’s by one of the outstanding Irish crime fiction writers in the field today.  His name is Ken Bruen, and one […]