Posts tagged Novel

Mysterious Book Report No. 371 – Ambush

Mysterious Book Report Ambush

Ambush by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513 Ambush, the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 367 – Restorat...

Mysterious Book Report Restoration Heights

Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis Hanover Square Press, $26.99, 330 pages, ISBN 978-1-335-21872-8 Gentrification is a recently coined term that describes the displacement of blue collar, working-class residents from their long established city neighborhoods by newer and wealthier persons who’ve moved in and bought houses where the people with less money used to live. It’s […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 359 – The Ma...

Mysterious Book Report The Man Who Came Uptown

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Mulholland, $27.00, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-47982-0 Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line...

Mysterious Book Report The Line That Held Us

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long […]

Author Interview – Tom Pitts

Mysterious Book Report Tom Pitts

Interview With The Author:  Tom Pitts by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is one we’ve been looking forward to since last year, when MBR No. 300 reviewed American Static, calling it “One of the finest noir yarns we’ve read in years.”  Now, author Tom Pitts is back, with a new piece of hard-boiled fiction, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 353 – Black An...

Mysterious Book Report Black And White Ball

Black and White Ball by Loren D. Estleman Forge / Tom Doherty Associates, $25.99, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-88476 There must be something in the air, water . . . or maybe an unknown isotope emanating out of the ground at night, that germinates world class crime writers in, around and about Detroit, Michigan.  From the […]

Mysterious Book Report – Fan Favorite 4

Mysterious Book Report The Spy Across The Table

The Spy Across The Table by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 435 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9491-4 Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near […]

Author Interview – Barbara Nickless

Mysterious Book Report Barbara Nickless

Interview With The Author: Barbara Nickless by John Dwaine McKenna Barbara Nickless is the talented writer who has conceived two of the best characters to ever grace the pages of detective fiction.  I was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and share a table at The Mountain of Authors event last March.  With many thanks […]

Author Interview – Paul D. Marks

Mysterious Book Report Paul D Marks

 Interview With The Author: Paul D. Marks by John Dwaine McKenna We’re pleased and proud, to talk with Macavity Award-Winning author Paul D. Marks, whose just published novel, Broken Windows, is detailed above in Mysterious Book Report No. 349, and a writer who brings some serious chops to the craft, as well as a keen […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 348 – Potter’s...

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 […]