Posts tagged Mysterious Press

Mysterious Book Report No. 346 – Bluff

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 […]

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. 316 – The Down...

Mysterious Book Report The Downside

The Downside by Mike Cooper Mysterious Press/Open Road, PB $14.99, 286 pages, ISBN 978-1-5040-4461-5 The MBR is kicking off the New Year 2018 with one of the best caper novels to come our way since The Sting was made into a movie back in 1973. It features one of the most unique bad guys in […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 315 – The Ghos...

Mysterious Book Report The Ghosts Of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $25.00, 330 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2733-4 We’re winding up the year here at the Mysterious Book Report with one of our favorite Irish authors. His name is Ken Bruen; a writer who’s witty, campy and filled to the brim with what can only be called Irish Noir. […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 284 – The Old ...

Mysterious Book Report The Old Man

The Old Man By Thomas Perry Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $26.00, 337 pages, ISBN 978-0-80212585-6 Sixty some years ago, when I was just a boy back in the ‘50s, every year at Thanksgiving my parents would take me and my two younger brothers for “Turkey-Day” at my Great-Aunt Ruth’s house down in Westchester County. Pop would […]

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. 250 – The Mulb...

Mysterious Book Report The Mulberry Bush

The Mulberry Bush by Charles McCarry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 308 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2410-4 Somewhere in the big junkyard that passes as my mind, there’s a snippet of a country song that goes . . . “I thought I’d been loved and I thought I’d been kissed, but that was before I met you . . […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 244 – Purgator...

Mysterious Book Report Purgatory

Purgatory by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $24.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2607-8 Once the envy of the entire world soon after the millennium, the Celtic Tiger has died in Ken Bruen’s 2013 novel Purgatory, and been replaced with an Ireland that can only be described as circling the economic drain. With jobs non-existent, crime is rampant, […]

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. 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 […]