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The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black — review

February 28, 2015
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John Banville, the Irish author here writing under his pen name of Benjamin Black, has written a book certain to give exquisite pleasure to the many fans of Raymond Chandler and his creation, LA private detective Philip Marlowe with a reputation as a “thinking man’s detective.”. The masterful re-imagining is evident from the first...

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Borderline By Lawrence Block — review

February 27, 2015
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“Borderline” introduces its main characters in the first few dozen pages, none of them being very likeable, I hasten to add. There is Marty Granger, a professional gambler; Meg Rector, 26 and only hours past her divorce after four years of marriage and bored;...

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FICTION: Pulse by Shannon Connor Winward

February 25, 2015
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Brian closed the bathroom door, shutting her in darkness. Kara’s eyes flew to the alarm on the night-stand. 11:07. He started the shower running. Took a long, loud piss. She squeezed her eyes shut and began to pray. The shower door rolled open. Shut....

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FICTION: Incident on the High Line by Debbie Mumford

November 17, 2014
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Tom Easton patrolled the weathered boards of the Breckenridge railway station platform. Tall pines and whispering aspens rose behind the narrow gauge steam engine, the whole scene framed by...

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FICTION: Aberrant by Eric M. Bosarge

October 27, 2014
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I shower in my clothes sometimes. I don’t know why. I just do. My wife, Janet, pounds on the door and yells, “What are you doing in there?” The...

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FICTION: Quandary at the Topless Carwash by Joshua Dobson

October 9, 2014
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Didi always hated thongs, (so naturally her job required her to wear one.) She’d just as soon go naked. Only minutes into her shift at the topless carwash and...

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Without Warning By David Rosenfelt – review

October 14, 2014
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It must be satisfying for an author of a popular series like the Andy Carpenter novels to write not one but two well-received standalones. This, of course, is the...

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