Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Ranger by Ace Atkins – review

September 29, 2011
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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 county has changed quite a bit since he left, what with all the shady...

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Breaking Bad “Crawl Space” – review

September 26, 2011
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Breaking Bad “Crawl Space” – review

After last week’s big “holy shit!” episode, I figured “Crawl Space” might take it easy a bit, let us all settle down for a minute then really hit us hard for the last couple episodes of the season. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty winded after “Crawl Space.” In fact,...

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FICTION: Veronica by Doree Weller

September 26, 2011
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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 used that as an excuse to keep us under their thumbs.  Women may think...

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Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn – review

September 24, 2011
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Drive made me feel like I was thirteen again. I came out of the theater wanting to go right back in and watch it again. I want to buy the soundtrack and play my favorite tracks over and over. I want to tell everybody I know to see it. If someone tells me they...

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The Night Season by Chelsea Cain – review

September 22, 2011
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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 offstage. Gretchen has now been in jail for six months ....

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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (tr) – review

September 22, 2011
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Nothing is as it seems, and all good things come to an end. And so, the time has come to bid adieu to Kurt Wallander. But not before he undertakes a deeply introspective journey at the behest of his daughter, Linda, who has just made him a grandfather (although she and the baby’s father...

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Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis – review

September 22, 2011
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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 of young women, with detective inspector Oskar Reinhardt, as usual, playing a supporting role,...

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Live Wire by Harlan Coben – review

September 22, 2011
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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 lesson is to be learned? While there might be a reason to summarize the...

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Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein – review

September 22, 2011
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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 to be the prime real estate, the murderer the duo is chasing has committed...

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Known to Evil by Walter Mosley – review

September 22, 2011
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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 working as a private detective. He describes his marriage as “twenty years of unfaithfulness...

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The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – review

September 22, 2011
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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 murderer: A single mother, aided by her daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband. What then...

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Agent X by Noah Boyd – review

September 22, 2011
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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. And a most welcome return it is, of those protags and the series itself....

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Fatal Error by J.A. Jance – review

September 22, 2011
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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. When she completes the course, she is furloughed for budgetary reasons, so does not...

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The Cut by George Pelecanos – review

September 21, 2011
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The Cut by George Pelecanos – review

Whenever an interview with George Pelecanos pops up online, you know the Nerd eats that shit up.  Guy wrote some of the best episodes of The Wire and some of my favorite books ever – I wanna know his perspective on every-fucking-thing.  Seems, though, that he’s really playing up in his recent interviews how...

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Breaking Bad – “Salud” – review

September 20, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Salud” – review

This was a week of characters stepping up.  Some, like Skyler, stepped up only to have it back-fire right in her face.  Others, like Walt, stepped up without even knowing it and then put up the wall again once sober.  Then there’s Jesse, who stepped up at every opportunity, really came through for Gus...

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Why The Cover of Hard Bite Is So Bad it’s BRILLIANT

September 20, 2011
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Why The Cover of Hard Bite Is So Bad it’s BRILLIANT

By Joanne Bolton of Bolton Associates, fine printing services I was designing a book at the time I got an email with this cover attached. I took a quick look. OMG. Nothing was right. A hideous purple font, the most wretched kind, uneven with the subtitle squashed underneath. A fuzzy nasty monkey, unfocused and...

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FICTION: Where You Are by Stephen D. Rogers

September 19, 2011
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More often than not, where you are is where you’re at, and wishing otherwise doesn’t change anything, a lesson Josh had learned many moons ago. Back then, of course, he’d had Barbra, without whom he never would have survived long enough to continue without her. She’d been in hysterics that night when he regained...

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Cold Fish by Sion Sono – review

September 16, 2011
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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 called to a supermarket where their daughter has been caught shoplifting.  The manager wants...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Cruddy by Lynda Barry review

September 16, 2011
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On a September night in 1971, a few days after getting busted for dropping acid, a sixteen-year-old curls up in the corner of her ratty bedroom and begins to write. Now the truth can finally be revealed about the mysterious day long ago when the...

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The Silenced by Brett Battles – review

September 14, 2011
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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 bloodshed. He is known to have an ethical streak. On the other hand, we...

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