Posts tagged Noir

Mysterious Book Report No. 338 ̵...

Mysterious book rport Dangerous Boys

Dangerous Boys by Greg F. Gifune Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 308 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-52-0 In the summer of 1984, a series of heat waves blasted the northeast United States in rapid succession, one after another.  It’s particularly hot in the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the usual cooling ocean breezes […]

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Mysterious Book Report - Robicheaux

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 445 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7684-3 Whenever a new book by James Lee Burke is released, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and promptly read it cover-to-cover.  It’s been that way since the early 1990s, when I heard him speak on NPR about a character […]

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Mysterious Book Report Night Blind

Night Blind by Ragnar Jonasson Minotaur/ St. Martins, $25.99, 213 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-09609-8 Iceland sits just below the Arctic Circle, about midway between Greenland and Scandinavia.  At  the northernmost  point of the volcanic island is the city  of  Siglufjördur . . . where in late November, “The darkness comes and curls around you like a  […]

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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. […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Smack

The Smack by Richard Lange Muholland Books, Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-32762-6 The mean streets of Los Angeles are the setting for a new kind of novel that combines action with the troubles of the real world. It’s about people on the hustle, people who swindle others out of their money […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Shadow District

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books, $25.99, 344 pages ISBN 978-1-250-12402-9) Iceland, positioned at the top of the world between Europe and North America, is a land of active volcanoes, long winter nights and some of the best noir writers in the world. Case in point . . . the newest crime […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Ways Of Wolfe

The Ways of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake The Mysterious Press, $25.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2577-4 I always look forward to any new work by James Carlos Blake, because he’s a master of noir. He’s not the most prolific of authors, but he’s surely one of the most polished in all of crime fiction. He’s […]

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Mysterious Book Report A Game of Ghosts

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly Atria/Emily Bestler Books, $26.99, 464 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7189-5 We’ve saved the best for last. Our final submission for this years MBR Freak Fest is by the undisputed heavyweight king of Gothic Noir Crime Fiction. His name is John Connolly. He’s an Irish writer who’s been atop worldwide best […]

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Mysterious Book Report American Static

American Static by Tom Pitts Down & Out Books, PB $17.95, 307 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-84-7 The Mysterious Book Report has reached another milestone with this, our 300th review. It’s taken a little more than six years and a couple of hundred thousand words to get to this point, so we wanted to mark the occasion […]

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Mysterious Book Report Bad Boy Boogie

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck Down and Out Books, PB, $17.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-59-5 For all of my adult life, New Jersey was a place I landed in and took off from at Newark International, rented a car and headed up the Garden State Parkway, bound for the family homestead in the Catskills. […]