Posts tagged Serial Killer

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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 Emerald Lie

The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $25.00, 345 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2546-0 For the past few reviews the MBR has had a string of first time authors . . . so we thought a change of pace was in order for this week, and we’re going with an old favorite, an Irish writer […]

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Mysterious Book Report Ruins Of War

Ruins of War by John A Connell Berkley/Penguin-Random House, $26.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-425-27895-6 Every time we start thinking that the deep, thoroughly-explored and fully-drawn well of World War II stories is about to run dry . . . along comes another author with a whole new, and fascinating point of view, coupled together with […]

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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 Prayer

Prayer by Philip Kerr Putnam/Penguin, $26.95, 409 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16765-2 Across the world today, debates are raging between believers and non-believers about the existence of God, and the power of prayer. Radicals are trying to establish theocracies where everyone will adhere to strict religious law, as in Iran, where there’s no separation between church and […]

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Mysterious Book Report Hangman

Hangman by Stephan Talty Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 302 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-53808-6 Buffalo, New York is where the novels of Stephan Talty take place, and after last year’s breakout hit entitled Black Irish, his growing numbers of fans have been eagerly awaiting the next installment of his Abbie Kearney detective series. She’s been called “One […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Ploughmen

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan Henry Holt, $26.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-8050-9951-5 The Ploughmen is a remarkable work that will resonate with readers on several levels: its unique storyline, rich characterizations, linguistics, lyricism and the author’s professed and obvious love of the land. The story takes place in Montana, where the author was born and […]

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Mysterious Book Report Providence Rag

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva Forge/Tom Doherty & Associates, $25.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-7429-5 One of my favorite literary characters and amateur sleuths is a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping, hometown-homeboy ace investigative reporter and crime-fighting journalist by the name of Liam Mulligan.  He’s based in Providence, Rhode Island, working for a venerated, one hundred forty year old […]

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Mysterious Book Report A Song For The Dying

A Song For The Dying by Stuart MacBride Harper Collins, £16.99 (about $29.95) 516 pages, ISBN 978-0-00-734430-7 Have you ever thought about, or have a personal vision of Hell?  It is of course, a theme which reverberates throughout the canons of the great religions of the world; but it’s also a subject many of the […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Killer Inside of Me

The Killer Inside of Me by Jim Thompson Orion Books Ltd., $12.00, PB 220 pages, ISBN 978-1-4091-1971-5 Every once in a while it’s refreshing to take a break from all of the just-published, must-read books written by authors who seem to be punching them out faster than we can absorb them, and turn to one […]