Monthly Archives: October 2015

FICTION: Victim du Jour by Michael F. Havelin

October 20, 2015
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Two Days Ago It waited, low in the bushes, patiently, saliva pooling beneath clenched jaws that occasionally clacked together. It was used to waiting, waiting for an unexpecting victim to come along. Perhaps a dog this time, which might put up a fight, or a child, defenseless, tender and moist. Step, drag, step, shuffle,...

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A Billion Ways to Die by Chris Knopf — review

October 12, 2015
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As the novel opens, Arthur Cathcart and his partner and lover, Natsumi Fitzgerald are ensconced on their 36’ boat in Caribbean waters. They are indisputably unique protagonists: He, bald and in his forties, holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics, doing freelance market research; she, a tiny woman who is a former blackjack dealer, is...

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FICTION: Trailer Park PI by Erik Storey

October 5, 2015
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The woman walked into Jack Driver’s ramshackle trailer as he finished puking into the trashcan that he’d stolen from Walmart a couple of weeks before, after they fired him for showing up drunk again. He wiped the remains of last night’s cheap beer and Hungry Man dinner off his chin and looked up. The...

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The Hot Countries by Timothy Hallinan — review

October 4, 2015
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Bringing the story begun in two previous novels and concluding what the author terms an “informal” trilogy, “The Hot Countries” conveys more information about Poke Rafferty and his way of life in Bangkok than in the previous six books in the series. At the same time, a look into his friends and attitudes is...

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To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie — review

October 4, 2015
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On his first day as the new head of the murder investigation team at Holborn Police Station, an apparent demotion from his previous job at Scotland Yard, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is handed a whopper of an incident. Someone has set off a white phosphorous grenade in historic St. Pancras Station, burning himself to...

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