Month: March 2015

FICTION: Force of Habit by W. B. Cameron

Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself. –William James Albert buttoned his overcoat and picked his way down the snowy steps. Behind him loomed his ancestral home, a Victorian reminder of more gracious…

Black Horizon by James Grippando — review

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…

A Few Drops of Blood by Jan Merete Weiss — review

Venice has Donna Leon and her Commissario Guido Brunetti, and now Naples has Jan Merete Weiss and her Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri. The author brings fully to life the historic beauty of the city, as well as its…

Wolf by Mo Hader — review

The first several pages are in the third person, with pov being that of Amy, a five-year-old with verbiage typical of a child that age (a bit disconcertingly). Early on the reader is given hints about a place deep in…

FICTION: The Custodian by William E. Wallace

“Line 23,” the bailiff said, reading the last entry on the printout. “Kettzinger, James Eron. For arraignment and setting.” “Kent Wales for the people, your honor,” said the deputy district attorney handling the Monday morning calendar. Condoli stood up and…

Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman — review

When an author is asked to write a novel continuing a series originated by someone else, much less a master like Robert B. Parker, fundamental questions must be decided: try to imitate the style and writing, how to maintain the…

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