Posts tagged Los Angeles

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. 328 – The Bomb...

Mysterious Book Report The Bomb Maker

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2748-8 One way to judge the character of a hero is by assessing the nature of his or her adversary.  The wickeder the villain, the more courageous the protagonist will appear to be, because conflict creates drama, and it is the following sequence […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 314 – The Smac...

Mysterious Book Report The Smack

The Smack by Richard Lange Muholland Books, Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-32762-6 The mean streets of Los Angeles are the setting for a new kind of novel that combines action with the troubles of the real world. It’s about people on the hustle, people who swindle others out of their money […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 281 – IQ

Mysterious Book Report IQ

IQ by Joe Ide Mulholland Books/Little Brown, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26772-4 One sure way to know you’re reading a great book, is when you just don’t want it to end. Perhaps it’s because you’ve found the main character to be so fascinating, endearing or heroic that you don’t want to break contact with him; […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 277 – Shaker

Mysterious Book Report Shaker

Shaker by Scott Frank Knopf/Penguin/Random House, $26.95, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35003-7 The folks living over on the left coast, earthquakes are an accepted fact of life; about as ordinary—and as welcome—as public rudeness or graffiti on our national monuments. Quakes are grudgingly acknowledged as an unpleasant fact of life out there. A trade-off perhaps, for […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 266 – Charcoal...

Mysterious Book Report Charcoal Joe

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley Doubleday/Penguin Random House, $26.95, 305 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-53920-3 Our author this week has been named a Grand Master in the year 2016 by the CWA, or Crime Writers of America. It’s the highest and most prestigious honor given by the group, and a distinction awarded only a very few. They’re […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 258 – Dodgers

Mysterious Book Report Dodgers

Dodgers by Bill Beverly Crown Publishers, $26.00, 0290 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-90373-5 Regular readers and fans of the Mysterious Book Report are all aware by now that our primary focus is to encourage reading by discovering new and unknown crime fiction writers who show a lot of promise . . . someone an enthusiast can read, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 252 – Fever Ci...

Mysterious Book Report Fever City

Fever City by Tim Baker Europa Editions/World Noir, PB, $18.00, 385 pages, ISBN 978-1-60945-287-2 The joke’s on me . . . Some weeks ago I was queried by a publicist for Europa Editions in New York City: “Would I review a noir novel of theirs if they sent a copy?” I noted that it had […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 237 – Forty Th...

Mysterious Book Report Forty Thieves

Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 356 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2452-4 Start reading any type of great fiction, and you’ll soon realize that it’s based upon conflict . . . because conflict creates drama . . . and drama is what captures, then holds, our attention and keeps us reading. Why? Because we humans […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 217 – The Cros...

Mysterious Book Report The Crossing

The Crossing by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, $28.00, 388 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-22588-5 It’s no secret that Michael Connelly is widely considered to be one of the finest crime writers working in America today. With twenty-seven novels and sixty million copies sold worldwide he could arguably be called one of the top […]