Posts tagged San Francisco

Mysterious Book Report No. 300 ̵...

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 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 […]

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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 Pacific Burn

Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $25.00, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9488-4 With a renewed focus on Asia of late, it seems as though there’s news and happenings on an hourly basis from the region. China, North and South Korea, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Burma, Taiwan, Tibet . . . and of course Japan, have […]

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Mysterious Book Report The White Van

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., $24.00, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2304-6 We’ve all been guilty, at some time or another, of staying at the party just a wee bit too long, or succumbing to the exhortations of one of our Good Time Charlie pals, to Awwwgoahead, one more won’t killya […]

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Mysterious Book Report Japantown

Japantown by Barry Lancet Simon & Shuster, $25.00, 398 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-9169-6 Have you ever noticed that we humans tend to seek the company of our own kind?  That we form affinity groups of like-minded persons and stay within, or at least in proximity to it?  This is especially true of recent immigrants and non-English […]

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Mysterious Book Report Bear Is Broken

Bear Is Broken by Lachlan Smith Mysterious Press, $24.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2079-3 Some of the most popular and ever present murder mysteries and crime fiction novels involve lawyers and courtroom dramas.  Probably the first to do so was Earle Stanley Gardner, with his case-cracking super-lawyer named Perry Mason, who always seemed able to force […]

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Mysterious Book Report Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-21491-3 Do you ever wish you were a kid again?  To go back in time when learning was easy and quick for you?  When your biggest worry was coming up with your share of the rent?  Do you like quests; […]