Posts tagged New York City

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Mysterious Book Report Lucky

Lucky by Henry Chang Soho Press, $24.95, 218 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-784-1 New York City’s Chinatown is the home turf of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, the beleaguered serial character created by author Henry Chang, and a personal favorite of the MBR, because the pragmatic and altruistic Chinese-American crime fighter operates in one of the most violent, […]

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Mysterious Book Report City Of Rose

City of Rose by Rob Hart Polis Books, PB, $14.95, 270 pages, ISBN 978-1-940610-51-1 Is there any place on earth after you’ve grown up living in New York City . . . or anyplace you’d rather be . . . after growing up and living in New York City? It’s a conundrum for Ash McKenna, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Run You Down

Run You Down by Julia Dahl Minotaur Books, $25.99, 278 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-04340-5 The word Haredi is literally translated from the Hebrew as “One who trembles in awe at the word of God.” The Haredim are “Members of any various Orthodox Jewish sects characterized by strict adherence to the traditional form of Jewish Law and […]

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Mysterious Book Report House of Echoes

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy Ballentine Books/ Random House, $26.00, 383 pages, ISBN 978-0-8041-7811-2 What do you do when your world gets turned upside down? For most of us the answer is easy, but hard: you start over. And that’s exactly what Ben Tierney, his wife Caroline, and their eight-year-old son Charlie decide to […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Whites

The Whites by Richard Price Henry Holt, $28.00, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-8050-9399-5 In a well-run, perfectly organized society, no crime would go unsolved, no criminal would go unpunished and no victim would go without redress. Perhaps, if indeed such an exemplary place existed, there wouldn’t be any crime or criminals. . . . But of […]

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Mysterious Book Report New Yorked

New Yorked by Rob Hart Polis Books, PB, $14.95, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-940610-40-5 Welcome! This is the Mysterious Book Report, a weekly column where we talk about, analyze and feature books and authors dealing with Mysteries, Crime Fiction and an occasional Sci-Fi or Supernatural Thriller. We’re going to discuss the latest in Spy Novels, dysfunctional, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Near Enemy

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh Crown Publishing/Penguin Random House, $24.00, 306 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-34902-4 Hey! Remember Spademan? He’s the shady character who has boxcutter, will travel and take out your enemies . . . as long as you can pay his fees. He’s the anti-hero operating in a decimated New York City where a radioactive […]

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Mysterious Book Report Death Money

Death Money by Henry Chang SOHO Press Inc., $25.00, 215 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-351-5 Ever been to Chinatown in New York City? Go down to Mott Street in lower Manhattan and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a foreign land . . . it’s a place of exotic sights, sounds and smells, a place where even […]

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Mysterious Book Report I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes Emily Bestler Books/Atria-Simon & Shuster, $26.99, 612 pages, ISBN 978-1-4391-7772-3 On occasion, a work of fiction comes along which can only be described as riveting. Enthralling, arresting, gripping, fascinating, absorbing, captivating, hypnotic, engrossing or spellbinding . . . but the single best and most descriptive word for MBR No. […]

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Mysterious Book Report Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh Crown Publishing/ Random House, $24.00, 243 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-34899-7 Truthfully, I’ve been getting bored with most of the dystopian-themed novels that have been all the rage for the last few years.  I mean, how much end of the world zombie-alien-robopocalypse or vampire-werewolfen invasions can we take before we go Yeah.  […]