Posts tagged New York

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Mysterious Book Report Potter's Field

Potter’s Field by Rob Hart Polis Books, $25.99, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-93-8 Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night.  The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness […]

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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 Flight Of The Fox

Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 381 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-61-2 An electrifying, propulsive and timely thriller was just released that, by all rights, should shoot to the top of every bestseller list in the country.  If ever an author stepped up to the plate, took a swing, hit […]

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Mysterious Book Report Spirits of the Heart

Spirits of the Heart by Frances Brown writing as Claire Gem Erato Publishing, PB, $13.95, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-9974326-4-0 As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR.  It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature.  Instead, […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Detonator

The Detonator by Vincent Zandri Polis Books, $25.99, 287 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-88-4 Psychological thrillers are among the most popular of modern crime fiction works, because they give readers a long and hard look into the hearts and minds and motives of people who are far outside of the usual norms of society.  The Irish and […]

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Mysterious Book Report Defectors

Defectors by Joseph Kanon ATRIA BOOKS/Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2139-5 In light of all the nic-nac paddy-whacking that’s been going on for weeks . . . or is it months . . . or, OMG . . . years now about Russia and who did what to whom, and the when, where, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Slaughterhouse Blues

Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski Shotgun Honey/ Down & Out Books, PB, $11.95, 136 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-40-7 Do you ever take a chance on a book, based only on the title, or cover illustration?  It’s a fun way to discover a new author or genre you might otherwise pass up.  Or Not, in which case […]

My Recent Interview With Author Clai...

My Recent Interview With Author Claire Gem

A Guest From Outside the Box – Claire Gem Today I have a very special guest with me on Emotional Journeys. Author John McKenna, who sometimes goes by the name Garritt O’Dwaine, writes nonfiction, crime fiction, and is also the mastermind behind the review website, Mysterious Book Report. Read the rest of the interview HERE. Claire Gem’s links: […]

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Mysterious Book Report Here And Gone

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49957-8 Recently, there’s been a growing movement in the publishing world, attempting to increase readership and sell more books by encouraging some A-list male crime fiction writers to produce new novels using androgynous-sounding names. The reasoning behind this is that […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Corruptions

The Corruptions by Vincent Zandri Polis Books, $25.99, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-37-2 Ever notice how things seem to go in repeating cycles? Either there’s always . . . or never . . . a parking spot when you’re running late for an appointment, for example. You either breeze right in whistling a happy tune, or […]