Posts tagged Violence

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Mysterious Book Report The Changeling

The Changeling by Victor LaValle Spiegel & Grau/ Penguin Random House, $28.00, 431 pages, ISBN 978-0-8129-9594-7 It’s become a tradition. Each October, in observance of All Hallows Eve, the Dia de los Muertos and JDM’s birthday—which is on Halloween—the MBR reviews works of the paranormal, otherworldly and unexplained. The weird, supernatural and bizarre stuff that’s […]

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Mysterious Book Report Dragonfish

Dragonfish by Vu Tran W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-07780-3 Noir fiction “Emphasizes the human urge toward self-destruction,” and “Focuses on the villain,” according to crime fiction writers James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Its about the down-and-outers, the losers, the hopeless, unforgiven and abandoned among us who often spend their entire literary […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Cartel

The Cartel by Don Winslow Alfred A. Knopf, Random House/Penguin, $27.95, 617 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-87499-8 PART TWO: The Cartel, by Don Winslow has been published to rave reviews by the likes of: Lee Child-Sensationally good, Harlen Coben-Absolute must-read, Michael Connelly-First rate thriller, James Ellroy-Stunningly plotted . . . to which I’m going to add my […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Painter

The Painter by Peter Heller Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House, $24.95, 365 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35209-3 I keep a couple of different stacks of books to be reviewed in my office—actually it’s our dining room table–at all times. The stacks increase and decrease as I read and review, and sometimes, a new novel gets inadvertently shoved […]

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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 Brown’s Requiem

Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy Perennial Harper Collins, PB $13.99, 348 pages, ISBN # 978-0-380-73177-0 Los Angeles, California has long been the epicenter for crime fiction of all types. They include police procedurals, courtroom dramas and private eye yarns by a long list of world class authors like Raymond Chandler, Earle Stanley Gardner and Dashiel […]

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Mysterious Book Report James Lee Burke

Part I A Tribute to James Lee Burke Twenty-some years ago, at a time when we only had one vehicle, I was waiting in the car for my wife, June, to get off work, listening to a woman named Terri Gross interview a crime-fiction writer about his latest book.  The writer’s name was James Lee […]