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A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones – review

October 7, 2011
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I just finished reading A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones a few minutes ago, and I feel like I’ve just escaped a run-in with the cops or found a $100-bill fluttering down the sidewalk. Exultant. When you review fiction, you inevitably end up reading a lot more books than you write about. For...

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A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block – review

April 6, 2011
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A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block – review

Lawrence Block has held his title as one of mystery’s top heavyweights for longer than many of his readers have been alive. More impressively, he’s managed to stay relevant for all these years – keeping up with the rapidly changing world through the eyes of his characters. The most famous of these is Matthew...

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Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty – review

April 4, 2011
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Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty – review

While Ireland’s economic fate seems to shift annually, its consistent output of quality crime fiction has been a reliable genre staple throughout the last decade. And among the cream of the Irish crop is Adrian McKinty – a remarkably gifted writer of relentlessly paced tales that explore some of the darkest terrain of the...

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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

March 23, 2011
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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

Picking up a new book by Duane Swierczynski is a lot like setting out on a road trip with a bipolar drinking buddy off his meds. You have no idea where you’ll end up, but it’s a good bet the journey will include tons of laughter, some tense moments, and enough spilled blood to...

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Beast of Burden by Ray Banks – review

March 11, 2011
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Beast of Burden by Ray Banks – review

The Last Anti-Hero By the time I finish this sentence, a new fictional detective will be born. Odds are, he’ll be a middle-aged male with a deep love of jazz and a taste for single-malt scotch who doesn’t play by society’s rules. He’ll have a gruff exterior that conceals a heart of gold, a...

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