Posts tagged Prison

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Mysterious Book Report Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 367 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17661-6 Although our focus here at the MBR has always been finding debut authors with promising talent and an outstanding story to tell, the unvarnished truth is that there’s a few A-list writers . . . James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, or Michael […]

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Mysterious Book Report Redemption Road

Redemption Road by John Hart Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press, $27.99, 417 pages, ISBN 978-0-312-38036-6 One of my personal frustrations in life is that at any given time, there’s a pile of forty to sixty or more books on my bookcase waiting to be read and reported on. Well Okay, you say, What’s wrong with […]

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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 My Bad A Mile High Noir

My Bad, a mile high noir by Manuel Ramos Arte Publico Press, $17.95, 248 pages, ISBN 978-1-55885-833-6 The word noir (pronounced NWAR) comes from the French. Its literal translation is black, but it can be interpreted as dark or wicked. As it applies to the Mysterious Book Report, it’s a type of crime fiction that’s […]

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Mysterious Book Report Off The Grid

Off the Grid By C.J. Box Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 371 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17660-9 In today’s hi-tech world, it’s  almost impossible to get away from all the must-see, must-have, must-buy  devices that  didn’t even exist  as recently  as fifteen or twenty years ago . . . gizmos we didn’t need or want until relentless, incessant, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Goodhouse

Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-16562-8 This week is Halloween and the last of our first-ever Freak-Fest, celebrating novels with creepy characters, angels, demons, or things that creak, sneak and chomp in the dark of the night. Send us your thoughts—social media, snail mail or eee mail—let us […]

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Mysterious Book Report Night Heron

Night Heron by Adam Brookes Little Brown and Co., $26.00, 387 pages, ISBN 978-0-7515-5248-5 The next war between the superpowers will most likely take place in cyberspace, because that’s where all the world’s command and control systems are located . . . and it’s highly probable that in the twenty-first century . . . the […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Investigation

The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee Mantle/Macmillan, £16.99 (about $26.00) 325 pages, ISBN 978-0-230-76871-0 Mention “World War II Prison Stories” in any group and the resulting discussion will invariably focus around one of three classic and much admired movies: Stalag 17, The Great Escape, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. But, if you’re willing to […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Son

The Son by Jo Nesbo Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95, 402 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35137-9 There’s only two types of crime fiction and hard-boiled detective story readers . . . those who are Jo Nesbo fans . . . and those who will be Jo Nesbo fans as soon as they read one of his kick-ass novels. […]

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The Four Stages of Cruelty by Keith Hollihan Thomas Dunne, $25.99, 294 pages, ISBN 978-0-312-59247-9 This week’s MBR is The Four Stages of Cruelty it’s a first novel and, oh boy, it’s a prison book. You may have a job you love to hate; you might even work in a prison . . . but […]