Posts tagged Novel

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Mysterious Book Report The Trust

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-12744-0 The Troubles, as the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, 80s and 90s became known, has long been an area of interest for the MBR. The sectarian violence there pitted Protestant Unionists—those in favor of remaining in the British Commonwealth—against […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Blinds

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-266134-0 Next on our October freakfest is a novel by Adam Strenbergh, the creative demento who conjured up the Edgar nominated Spademan novels. Spademan’s the sometimes kind-hearted assassin, who operates in a destroyed, dystopian New York City. This time however, Mr. Sternbergh’s come up […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Lioness Is The Hunter

The Lioness is the Hunter by Loren D. Estleman Forge/McMillan, $25.99, 246 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-8845-2 The battered city of Detroit, Michigan seems like the perfect setting for a beat-down, cynical and wise-cracking private eye who’d be considered a real loser . . . if he wasn’t so damn good at solving the toughest cases in […]

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Mysterious Book Report Fidelity

Fidelity by Jan Fedarcyk Simon & Schuster, $25.00, 306 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-3386-9 With some seven and-a-half million residents spread out over a couple thousand city blocks, the Manhattan Office of the FBI is one of the largest, busiest and most important of all postings within the agency. The activity there is ceaseless, and the agents […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Second Girl

The Second Girl by David Swinson Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26417-4 One of the main functions of the MBR is to spot and point out for our readers new, outstanding and fresh crime fiction writers who’ve created memorable characters doing unusual deeds in authentic situations. The locations and times vary, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Rise The Dark

Rise The Dark by Michael Koryta Little, Brown and Company, $26.00, 385 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-29383-9 We Americans have lived in peace, prosperity and plenty for so long that we pretty much take certain things for granted. There’s exceptions, certainly. And they are unfortunate for a fact. But in the main, we’re guaranteed basic human services, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Every Man A Menace

Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman Grove Atlantic Press, $25.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2544-6 Hello, and welcome to the 2017 edition of the Mysterious Book Report, where we’re dedicated to the proposition that You must read . . . or surrender yourself to ignorance, which makes just as much sense today as it did […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Hand That Feeds You

The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich Scribner/Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 273 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-7458-9 This novel should have been read and featured months ago, but . . . confession time . . . the title was kind of a turn-off. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My Mother was right when she said, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Underground Airlines

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Mulholland Books/Little Brown, $26.00, 322 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26124-1 Wow!  The bad news is; it’s the last week of October and time for the last installment of our second annual MBR Freak Fest.  But the good news is; we’ve  saved the best for  last . . . and it’s timely, […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Second Life Of Nick Mason

The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57432-0 Author Steve Hamilton’s Alex McKnight series won an Edgar Award and captured a boatload of other major crime fiction distinctions, including two listings on the New York Times notable books of the year roster. Pretty impressive, to say […]