Month: September 2011

The Ranger by Ace Atkins – review

The Ranger begins with, waddaya know, an Army Ranger named Quinn Colson returning home to Tibbehah County in northern Mississippi to bury his uncle, the county sheriff.  Turns out the guy offed himself but Quinn’s not so sure.  Seems the…

FICTION: Veronica by Doree Weller

Men are all the same.  They’re all out to get you.  They’re all out to see what they can do to you; how much you’ll take.  Men wrote the book that said women were the cause of “original sin.”  Men…

The Night Season by Chelsea Cain – review

In this, the fourth book in the series featuring police detective Archie Sheridan, Gretchen Lowell, the beautiful, sadistic serial killer who in previous entries shared the stage with Archie, is little more than backdrop, a recurring theme playing almost entirely…

Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis – review

Human obsession with sex and death dominate this latest in the Max Liebermann Mystery series. And of course, the good doctor’s psychoanalytic abilities, with only a cursory assist from Sigmund Freud, are the key to unraveling a series of murders…

Live Wire by Harlan Coben – review

To paraphrase the Bard: “The mistakes that men make live long after them.” This thesis governs the plot of this latest Myron Bolitar novel. Except the errors Myron made were the result of deceptions or lies by others. So what…

Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein – review

This deeply researched series highlighting New York landmarks featuring Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman takes the reader in a somewhat different direction from previous entries. This time the author tackles religion, albeit in a non-controversial manner. While New York continues…

Known to Evil by Walter Mosley – review

Leonid Trotter McGill is a 54-year-old African-American man, an amateur boxer known to have had his “finger in every dishonest business in the city” including being a fixer for the mob, who is trying to turn his life around, now…

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – review

Cleverly pitting the logic of a mathematician against that of a physicist, and then the physicist vs. an intuition-leaning detective, this Japanese novelist has written a clever murder mystery with an innovative ending. There is no mystery as to the…

Agent X by Noah Boyd – review

Kate Bannon, the Assistant Director of the FBI who readers, and ex-FBI Agent Steve Vail first met in this author’s The Bricklayer, returns, in fact, in the first sentence on the first page of this, the second in the series.…

Fatal Error by J.A. Jance – review

The Ali Reynolds series usually has the protagonist solving some kind of mystery, and this one is no exception. However, the reader has to put up with a slow beginning, describing Ali’s experiences during her training at the Police Academy.…

Cold Fish by Sion Sono – review

Shamoto is a widower and owner of a modest tropical fish store.  His teenage daughter hates him for remarrying and his new bride won’t fuck him because he lets his daughter walk all over her.  One night the couple are…

The Silenced by Brett Battles – review

Jonathan Quinn makes a welcome return in this, the fourth book in this terrific series. Quinn is a freelancer known as a ‘cleaner’ whose job is to discreetly clean up crime scenes and the occasional body after the always possible…

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