Posts tagged MBR

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Mysterious Book Report Bluff

Bluff by Michael Kardos Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $26.00, 272 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2804-1 Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection.  The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over here and […]

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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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report Under Water

Under Water by Casey Barrett Kensington Publishing Corp., $25.00, 309 pages, ISBN 978-1-4697-0968-4 The MBR is ever on the lookout for debut authors with arresting characters, compelling plots and above-average wordsmithing talent.  When we find one, we do our best to alert all of you, so that together, we can read and enjoy the writer […]

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Mysterious Book Report Illegal Holdings

Illegal Holdings by Michael Niemann Coffeetown Press, PB, $14.95, 228 pages, ISBN 978-1-60381-591-8 Serendipity is the ability to make fortunate discoveries by accident . . . which is what happened here at the MBR when our mailbox, (P.O. Box 2406, Colorado Springs, CO 80901) yielded up an unsolicited new publication from a small independent press […]

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Mysterious Book Report No. 7

The Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges (Scribner, $24.00, 207 pages, ISBN 978-1-4391-9417-1)  Do you like the old black and white crime dramas from the 1940’s?  You know the ones I mean, with John Garfield, Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Robert Mitchum . . . Do you long for just one more from the pen of […]