Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates

Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates A Icelandic police procedural that follows Officer Gunhildur, Gunna, in her new post to the Serious Crimes Unit hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi. I liked it, reminded me of the GWTDT books, but mostly … Continue reading

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Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips

Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips Ren Taylor is an archaeologist who has found a breakthrough Mimbres pottery artist and lost a brother. An excellent story about her dealings with both and her fellow archaeologists and the ghosts … Continue reading

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Kill Switch by Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene

Kill Switch by Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene The authors are former executive producers of L&O SVU. They have written this book about Claire Waters, a recent graduate forensic psychiatrist in NYC. Haunted by an incident in her past when her friend … Continue reading

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The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman Y_____. is invisible or at least hard to see in his bio mechanical light bending suit. He uses it for his sociological work spying on people  (in their homes) truly unobserved. He feels it … Continue reading

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Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder Police Procedural set in Bath, England with family connections, a young girls murder and many varied crooks and cops. Good fast paced story with lots of interesting characters and situations. Worth reading. 4 Stars.

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The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin The Complaints, the Scottish version of our Internal Affairs investigate an alleged cover up of an officers misdeeds. This rapidly turns into a true can of worms leading back to a perhaps politically motivated … Continue reading

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Power Ballads by Will Boast

Power Ballads by Will Boast A collection of stories about working musicians. An interesting and insightful read. Especially if you are or know a musician. 4 Stars.

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The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein

The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein A friendly coming of age novel about Esther, a recent college grad who’s jobless, car-less and apparently life-less. Not too bad a angst level. Some funny and interesting and even touching parts. 2 1/2 Stars.

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Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux

Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux An odd little book set in an odd little time with some odd little characters. The complications of a patriotic bank robbery committed because of a probable Communist manager. And More! Paul Theroux also wrote Mosquito … Continue reading

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Vacation by Matthew Costello

Vacation by Matthew Costello A zombie variation with CanHeads and a police force (nationwide) whose only real job is keeping the canheads out of the fenced in areas where the survivors still live. Food shortages and lots of other problems … Continue reading

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Firebird by Jack McDevitt

Firebird by Jack McDevitt An Alex Benidict Novel Alex Benidict and Chase Kolpath are artifacts brokers, especially artifacts that belonged to someone famous. They are approached by Dr. Christopher Robin’s widow’s sister. Dr. Christopher Robin was a physicist who disappeared … Continue reading

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L.A. Mental by Neil McMahon

L.A. Mental by Neil McMahon People going crazy in LA-LA land? How could that be, oh wait, this is a book hoping to be a screenplay. A good almost Sci-Fi story of psychologist discovering a cult plot to control the … Continue reading

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Angel Face by Stephen Solomita

Angel Face by Stephen Solomita Ex special Forces Mercenary hit man Leonard Carter meets whore with a heart of gold Angela Tamanaka AKA  Angel Face while killing Angel’s ‘date’. A well told fast paced tale of the hit, it’s troubles and … Continue reading

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A Crack In Everything by Angela Gerst

A Crack In Everything by Angela Gerst – A Susan Callisto Mystery Susan Callisto is a young lawyer who has reinvented herself as a political consultant for low level elected positions. She does this in Eastern Massachusetts, outside Boston. I took … Continue reading

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Boca Daze by Steven M. Forman

Boca Daze by Steven M. Forman I am a sucker for any book that my local library puts a “Florida” tag on the spine. This means the story is based in Florida and I will at least look at it … Continue reading

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Mortality Bridge by Steven R. Boyett

Mortality Bridge by Steven R. Boyett This is a very dark story about human frailty and expounds on the fact that we are ultimately responsible for our own troubles. That we can be a success without signing a deal with … Continue reading

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When The Great Days Come by Gardner Dozois

When The Great Days Come by Gardner Dozois A collection of short stories by Gardner Dozois. Nothing more needs to be said. Get it. Read it. 5 Stars.

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Wyatt by Garry Disher

Wyatt by Garry Disher An Australian crime novel by an Australian author. This is an great book. A good read with a tough no nonsense anti-hero, Wyatt Wareen, a jewel thief. Lots of plot twists and action. Dirty cops, double … Continue reading

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Mule by Tony D’Souza

Mule by Tony D’Souza – A Novel of Moving Weight. It’s the beginnings of the recession, 2006, and James (a successful freelance writer) meets Kate (a high end retail clothing salesgirl)  in Austin, where they live. By 2007, Kate is pregnant and they both … Continue reading

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Down These Strange Streets Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Down These Strange Streets – All New Stories of Urban Fantasy – Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois An excellent collection of modern Sci-Fi / Fantasy. Every story in this book is top notch, not a slacker in the … Continue reading

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