Category: Book Reviews

Review: Hindsight, by Mindy Tarquini

Deliciously original with a quirky voice that sets Mindy Tarquini in a league of her own, Hindsight is an entertaining story about a woman with the ability to see her past lives, who is desperate to find a way to…

The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride — Review

All the minutiae of policing on a local level permeate the almost 600 pages of this Logan McRae crime novel. Bumped down to duty sergeant from acting DI, he now supervises the operations of B Division from Banff in northeastern…

Western Wednesday: .44 by H.A. DeRosso (1953)

.44 is one of those westerns that gets talked about in some crime fiction circles and is something of a cult classic. It is often described as being a noir western. Loving a good dark story, So I went into…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: HUSH by Anne Frasier

Ivy Dunlap has a secret. A secret that drove her to study criminology and become the author of a book on profiling serial killers. It’s also the reason she’s spent years in a sleepy Canadian town, teaching students but not…

The Buried by Brett Battles — Review

This newest entry in the Jonathan Quinn series brings back many of the usual cast of characters: Nate, Quinn’s mentee and now an elite cleaner himself (the job entailing discreetly cleaning up crime scenes and the occasional body after the…

Out of Balance by Chet Williamson from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Chris Irvin Chet Williamson’s “Out of Balance” is a masterful take on a withdrawn psychopath. Takeda is a typically family man until his 35th birthday when he up and leaves his family, taking on a life of contract…

Three Cups of Tea by Jeff Somers from Hanzai Japan

Reviewed by Max Booth III “Three Cups of Tea” by Jeff Somers is the classic story of a murderous sex doll. Look, we’ve all had sexual intercourse with dolls, and yeah, it’s true that sometimes these dolls kill people for…

Hanami by SJ Rozan from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Dana King Expectations can be funny things. They can be high or low, fair or unfair, reasonable or unreasonable, or some combination of more than one. Low expectations can be fatal. Why spend extra time with a student,…

Run by Kaori Fujino from Hanzai Japan

Review by Nik Korpon “I know why psychos run so incredibly fast. It’s because they’re running for their lives. Anyone can do it; all you need is an assassin charging in from behind[…] the problem is that the assassin’s invisible…

Best Interest by Brian Evenson from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Thomas Pluck Hardboiled and Japan are made for each other; both can be direct and to the point, with unspoken notions of fatalistic destiny and invisible bonds of honor. The classic Red Harvest became Yojimbo, which defined the…

Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection by Yumeaki Hirayama from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Patti Abbott Yumeaki Hirayama’s debut as a novelist came in 1996 with the psycho-thriller Sinker—shizumu mono (Sinker). In 2006 he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories with Dokuhaku suru yunibasaru yoko merukatoru (The Universal…

Outside The Circle by Ray Banks from Hanzai Japan

Reviewed by Jay Stringer It was somewhere in the last few paragraphs of “Outside The Circle”, by Ray Banks, that I discovered I’m getting squeamish in my old age. Not a great place to be, for a crime writer. But…

The Hot Countries by Timothy Hallinan — review

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…

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke — review

At the heart of this superb novel is a chronicle covering one man’s life from boyhood in the 1930’s to his service during World War II and the years following when he started an oil pipeline business. During each phase…

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman — review

Until now, only Felix Francis has prominently authored novels in a series created by his father. Other series, like those of Robert B. Parker, have been authored by writers unrelated to the deceased creators. However, Anne Hillerman now joins Felix…

Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger — review

When the body of a 14-year-old Ojibwe girl washes up on Windigo Island, a rocky outcrop on Lake Superior, Cork O’Connor and his daughter, Jenny, embark on a crusade to rescue another teenager, Mariah, who had run away from home…

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