Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 doorknob rattles. It’s locked so she can’t come in. Water drips down my face, steam creeps up from the tub and I stand there, my...

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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 second, and is a thriller of the first order. While the concept, predictions in an unearthed time capsule, is not novel, the execution of this...

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Black Horizon By James Grippando – review

October 14, 2014
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Jack Swyteck, the book’s protagonist, is an accomplished defense lawyer, demonstrated in numerous previous novels in the series. However, in this entry his role as an attorney, bringing suit for wrongful death for the young widow of a man apparently killed when an offshore rig exploded, is merely peripheral to a wide-ranging thriller and...

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Moving Day by Jonathan Stone – review

October 14, 2014
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Stanley Peke (born Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz in Poland during the Nazi regime) is a 72-year-old survivor; Rose, his wife of over 50 years, is 70. After moving from their Greenwich Village apartment, and 40 years living in their large house in Westchester while raising their three children, it is finally moving day, when they...

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The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty – review

October 13, 2014
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Having just read the latest in this author’s Detective Sean Duffy novels, and loved it, I was greatly looking forward to his most recent book, and was not in the least disappointed. Although the setting is as different from 1980’s Ireland as possible, this book is equally terrific, with funny and original writing that...

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In the Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty – review

October 13, 2014
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The final book of The Troubles Trilogy brings back Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). As the book opens, in Belfast in the early ‘80’s, there is “a mass breakout of IRA prisoners” from the notorious Maze Prison (a maximum security prison “considered to be one of the...

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Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker – review

October 13, 2014
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T. Jefferson Parker is a top mystery writer, but, in this narrative, chose to write a story about the trials and tribulations of returning veterans from Afghanistan. Given recent news stories about the problems at the Veterans Administration, it is a topic certainly worthy of being told and retold many times. However, he has...

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Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey – review

October 13, 2014
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Described by the author as “the land nearest nowhere,” Cape Three Points appears to be a place of unspoiled beauty on the Ghanaian coast in West Africa where two bays form the three peninsulas which give it its name, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, where the horrific murder of a wealthy middle-aged couple, Charles...

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The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson – review

October 12, 2014
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Scandinavian crime novels have a lot in common. And “The Disappeared” certainly reflects most of these characteristics: A police procedural, lots of murders, an unusual plot and set in Stockholm (or some other Baltic city or country). The story begins with the discovery of the body of a female in a shallow grave, with...

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The Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel – review

October 12, 2014
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This newest novel from Theresa Schewegel is at its heart a tale about a boy and his dog, either (or both) of which could be the eponymous Good Boy. The boy is 11-year-old Joel Murphy; the dog is his father Pete’s K-9 partner, Butchie (more formally Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry Butch O’Hare, and from...

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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 already the ribbon of red silk wedged between her butt cheeks was driving her fuckin’ crazy. It felt like it was just gonna keep slipping...

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