Posts tagged NYPD

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Mysterious Book Report The Force

The Force by Don Winslow Wm Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 479 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-266441-9 According to Dwight, one of my retired cop buddies, only a few crime fiction writers Really get it, when writing about the demands, the stresses and the effect—on marriages, children and personal lives—of being a police officer in America today. It’s a […]

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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 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 All Day And A Night

All Day and A Night by Alafair Burke Harper Collins, $26.99, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-220838-5 In the argot of the penitentiary—prison slang—an inmate saying that he’s “got all day” means that he’s serving a life sentence. The term “all day and a night” means a life sentence without the possibility of parole, also referred to […]

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Mysterious Book Report Invisible City

Invisible City by Julia Dahl Minotaur Books, $24.99, 298 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-04339-9 Have you ever thought about any of the subcultures which exist in the midst of what we call ‘normal’ or regular society? Religious groups like the Amish, Mennonites, Hare Krishna’s, Islamist’s, Mormons, Sikhs and Hindus are all stitched into the fabric of America […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 182- Deat...

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 A Killer In The Wind

A Killer In The Wind by Andrew Klavan Mysterious Press, $25.00, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2067-0 Have you ever had a premonition that came true?  A dream perhaps, so lifelike and real that you could almost swear it actually happened?  Maybe . . . you’re one of the millions of us who did inhale, way back […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 11 – Rizz...

Mysterious Book Report No. 11 – Rizzo’s War

Rizzo’s War by Lou Manfredo (Minotaur, $24.99, 290 pages.  ISBN 978-0-312-53805-7)   Well dang.  Here it is time for The Mysterious Book Report number eleven.  I thought, since eleven is supposed to be a lucky number, if you believe in four-leaf clovers or other superstitious . . . black cats and such . . . […]

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Mysterious Book Report - Red On Red

Red On Red by Edward Conlon (Spiegel & Grau, $26.00, 442 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-51917-5) If Woody Allen had a Harvard degree and was a New York City detective who wrote a novel, Red on Red  by Edward Conlon would be it.  Red on Red has more angst than a busload of teen-agers have drama.  It’s […]