Monthly Archives: March 2014

FICTION: Sea of Razorblades by Robert Acosta

March 30, 2014
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“Isn’t it beautiful?” Clara asked. The full moon shimmered in her eyes as she looked out over the dark water. On the top deck at two in the morning, they had the ocean to themselves. “It is,” was all Sam could come up with. The rough pitch and yaw of the cruise liner made...

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Dust Devils by Roger Smith – review

March 25, 2014
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Dust Devils by Roger Smith – review

Goddamn do I ever love Roger Smith. I finally got around to his Dust Devils, using the book being recently picked up by the wonderful New Pulp Press as my excuse for covering it, and I hate myself even more for sleeping on it the last three years.  This is Smith at his most...

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Mystery Writers Take On KGB

March 20, 2014
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Mystery Writers Take On KGB

By Hector Poole, Spinetingler Correspondent — The New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America took over the KGB Bar in New York City March 18 to celebrate mystery and crime. Your man Hector was there. The event featured Scott Adlerberg (Spiders and Flies), Kimberly McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia, currently nominated for an Edgar®...

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Bear is Broken By Lachlan Smith – review

March 14, 2014
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Leo Maxwell has just formally become a member of California State Bar. He is a man who does not think “ethical criminal defense attorney” is an oxymoron, perhaps putting him in the minority, certainly among the San Francisco police and the District Attorney’s office. His older brother, Teddy, is a member of that fraternity,...

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After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman – review

March 13, 2014
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After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman – review

Laura Lippman is known for her wonderful series featuring p.i. Tess Monaghan, among other terrific books. So I started this book believing it to be a murder mystery, especially as it begins with the discovery of a dead body. But then it appeared that I was wrong, that it was instead a very interesting...

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Drift By Jon McGoran – review

March 12, 2014
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Three years after Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick’s mother and stepfather move to what he’d always thought of as the sleepy countryside of Dunston, Pennsylvania, he finds himself driving there for the second time in several days, the first time to attend his mother’s funeral, the second to attend that of his step-father. The...

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Eyes Close Tight by Peter Leonard – review

March 11, 2014
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O’Clair (he goes by only one name) put in his time as a Detroit detective, bought a motel in Florida and runs it with his beautiful girlfriend, Virginia. But instead of peace and quiet, crime never leaves him. One morning, while straightening up the pool area, he notices a chaise missing. Looking around, he...

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The Golden Egg by Donna Leon

March 10, 2014
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It is no mean feat to sustain a mystery series at this high a level through 18 novels. Of course, that is just what Donna Leon has accomplished, and more (this is the 19th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery). Of course, “The Golden Egg” features that charming and erudite Venetian detective in a tale that...

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FICTION: Inexplicably by B.R. Stateham

March 9, 2014
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FICTION: Inexplicably by B.R. Stateham

Henry Mancini’s Spook drifted across the semi-dark dance floor. Mancini. Smooth jazz with a touch of noir lurking deep between the longing chords of the pianos and saxophones. The perfect music for someone to die suddenly. Inexplicably. On the black tile dance floor the city’s finest danced in furs, diamonds and black tuxedos. On...

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