Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

September 24, 2012
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The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

I’ve never claimed to read terribly fast, dear reader.  My average is about a book a week, give or take.  But Michael Kardos’ debut novel The Three-Day Affair?  Yeah, read that shit in a day.  Pissed away my Sunday fucking plowing through it, missed the Vikings somehow killing the Niners, avoided the bar, didn’t...

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The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel Winter – review

September 24, 2012
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The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel Winter – review

This ambitious experiment was one I’d been hearing about and anticipating for quite a while. And I’m a sucker for anything with the Hard Case Crime logo on it. So consider me a captive audience, and consider that fact when I say The Twenty-Year Death tested my patience. The conceit, as most know by...

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Bleeding Through by Sandra Parshall – review

September 22, 2012
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This suspense-filled novel is built around characters you care about, especially its protagonist, Dr. Rachel Goddard, veterinarian extraordinaire. The book opens when Rachel and her significant other, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, working with a group of teens cleaning up roadside trash in a rural area in southwestern Virginia, discover the body of Shelley Beecher....

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Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow – review

September 22, 2012
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This latest Kate Shugak novel imports the protagonist from another Stabenow series, Liam Campbell, relegating Jim Chopin, Kate’s lover, to a walk-on role. It also takes place far away from her home base in Alaska, The Park. Liam has a problem, and he visits Jim for his help. It appears a leading citizen of...

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XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver – review

September 22, 2012
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Some years ago, Marry Higgins Clark wrote a mystery entitled “You Belong to Me,” which was also the name of a popular song. The plot involved a murderer who slew victims in places mentioned in the song. This is the theme Jeffery Deaver has selected for this latest novel featuring kinesics expert Kathryn Dance,...

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The Prophet by Michael Koryta – review

September 11, 2012
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The Prophet by Michael Koryta – review

Back in 1989 Chambers High School in northeastern Ohio won state.  That was also the year Marie Austin was murdered.  Her brothers, senior star fullback Adam and freshman second string quarterback Kent, never fully recovered from the brutal loss.  Today, as Kent, now head coach of Chambers, is wrapping up an undefeated regular season...

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Internet Integrity and The Ethics of Review

September 9, 2012
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Internet Integrity and The Ethics of Review

If the medium truly is the message, the message of the internet may well be to warn of the return of the wild west, for the internet is a haven for lawlessness. Most people recognize this. The fact that they realize that it is very difficult to police behavior online does not mean that...

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Breaking Bad – “Gliding Over All” – review

September 4, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Gliding Over All” – review

This season (excuse me, half season) of Breaking Bad has been full of great shit, but said great shit has certainly felt rushed.  So much stuff happened this season that it could have been told over a full, regular thirteen episode season more smoothly – hell, it maybe needed even more time than that....

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The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

September 4, 2012
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The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

We’ve all had that one friend that seems to lead a blessed, stumbled upon existence. They have a beautiful wife, a flawless home, a dream job, and what makes you scratch your head and wonder why is because they seemed to have tripped over it. There’s nothing special about this friend; sure they’re nice...

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