Posts tagged Mexico

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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 Dancing With The Tiger

Dancing With The Tiger by Lili Wright Miriam Wood/Putnam Penguin Random House, $26.00, 453 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17517-6 Today, in nearly every corner of the world, works of art are being stolen, forged or destroyed by persons of the criminal classes. They are rapacious, greedy, ignorant and uncaring of the fact that their crimes are against […]

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Mysterious Book Report House Of The Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 433 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0710-8 At public events—book signings or speaking engagements for example—a question I’m often asked is Who’s your favorite author? And the answer is always the same . . . Although I’m informed by many crime writers—Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Cartel

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART TWO: The Cartel, by Don Winslow has been published to rave reviews by the likes of: Lee Child-Sensationally good, Harlen Coben-Absolute must-read, Michael Connelly-First rate thriller, James Ellroy-Stunningly plotted . . . to which I’m going to add my […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Cartel

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART ONE: Every now and then, a fictional novel comes along that informs as it entertains, and in doing so, the-word-of-mouth buzz about it creates a public dialogue of national significance where none existed before. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Rules of Wolfe

The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake Mysterious Press, $24.00, 258 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2129-5 The roughly 2,400 mile long imaginary line which separates the US from Mexico encompasses an area known as the borderlands.  It’s been disputed, fought over and illegally crossed in both directions for as long as it’s been drawn.  It separates […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Return

The Return by Michael Gruber Henry Holt, $28.00, 366 pages, ISBN 978-0-8050-9129-8 Have you ever had dark fantasies?  You know the kind—the ones where you plot a scheme to get even with someone, or something.  Then, reality hits, you come to your senses and the daydream ends with thoughts of the consequences of those actions […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Carrion Birds

The Carrion Birds by Urban Waite Wm Morrow, $25.99, 265 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-221688-5 A lot of folks in America don’t seem to be aware of it, or maybe they just don’t care since it’s not on their front stoop, but a war unlike any we’ve ever had is raging inside our nation.  It’s called the […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Hot Country

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler Mysterious Press, $25.00, 326 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2046-5 Some years from now, when future historians examine and analyze the early twentieth century and the factors leading up to the first World War, one of them will pay particular attention to the Mexican Revolution.  Then, as now, Mexico had a […]

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Feast Day Of Fools

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 463 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-4311-4 Every fiction writer who’s ever lived strives to create an alternate universe so compelling that the reader gets lost in it on the first page, and doesn’t emerge until the very last word is read.  Then, you know you’ve […]