Posts Tagged ‘ Minotaur Books ’

Cut, Paste, Kill by Marshall Karp – review

January 7, 2012
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A woman, the wife of the British consul in Los Angeles, is found stabbed to death in the ladies room of a posh hotel, a scrapbook recalling her transgression, killing a young boy leaving a school bus while DWI, nearby. Lomax and Biggs, the comic LAPD homicide detectives, catch the call. Then they learn...

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Rizzo’s Fire by Lou Manfredo – review

October 1, 2011
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There are many police procedurals, but few on the down and dirty street level of veteran detective Joe Rizzo, who has been around long enough to have collected all sorts of favors, seen most of everything possible in Brooklyn and developed his own set of standards, ignoring, often, “the book” but solving “the crime.”...

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The Night Season by Chelsea Cain – review

September 22, 2011
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In this, the fourth book in the series featuring police detective Archie Sheridan, Gretchen Lowell, the beautiful, sadistic serial killer who in previous entries shared the stage with Archie, is little more than backdrop, a recurring theme playing almost entirely offstage. Gretchen has now been in jail for six months ....

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The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – review

September 22, 2011
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Cleverly pitting the logic of a mathematician against that of a physicist, and then the physicist vs. an intuition-leaning detective, this Japanese novelist has written a clever murder mystery with an innovative ending. There is no mystery as to the murderer: A single mother, aided by her daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband. What then...

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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

June 22, 2010
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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya was one of the best debut crime novels last year. Dark and unflinching but not afraid to deal in emotions and intimacy if not hope and redemption. The follow up this year is The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Based off of Tafoya’s refusal to pigeonhole Dope Thief into any...

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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – review

April 18, 2010
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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – review

Expiration Date may just be the best book that Duane Swierczynski has written yet. (I only say may because I think that The Wheelman might just be my favorite.) In it he has rendered his strengths in greater clarity: The pace flies; The plot grows increasingly complex but never gets unruly. Swierczynski regularly makes...

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