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Mysterious Book Report The Ways Of Wolfe

The Ways of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake The Mysterious Press, $25.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2577-4 I always look forward to any new work by James Carlos Blake, because he’s a master of noir. He’s not the most prolific of authors, but he’s surely one of the most polished in all of crime fiction. He’s […]

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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 Far Empty

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott Putnam/Penguin, $26.00, 425 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17634-0 This week’s MBR is written on the day after what’s already being called The most dramatic Super Bowl ever played: number LI, or fifty-one in Arabic numerals. It was the greatest comeback in playoff football history . . . and an apt […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Jealous Kind

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0720-7 There’s a time in everyone’s life that only lasts for a few weeks of a certain special summer that many of us look back upon with nostalgia, affection, and sometimes, a genuine longing. Filtered through the long lens of a […]

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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 Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke Simon & Shuster, $27.99, 434 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-1079-2 It’s hard, in this time of generally gracious living, to imagine the privation, fear and destitution that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930s, but the opening chapters of Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke manages to do it in a […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Third Bullet

The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter Simon & Shuster, $26.99, 485 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-4020-5 This November twenty-second will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United   States.  For those of us who are old enough to remember that horrific day and its aftermath, it hardly […]

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Mysterious Book Report Hard Twisted

Hard Twisted by C. Joseph Greaves Bloomsbury, $25.00, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-60819-855-9 It is an unfortunate truth that the folks who lived through the hard years of the Great Depression are dying off at a rapid pace.  Every day more and more of them, and their hard-won wisdom, are being lost to us.  You know […]

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Feast Day Of Fools

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 463 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-4311-4 Every fiction writer who’s ever lived strives to create an alternate universe so compelling that the reader gets lost in it on the first page, and doesn’t emerge until the very last word is read.  Then, you know you’ve […]