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Julia Keller’s Heartbreaking Blues Song of a Novel–My Review

Julia Keller’s eighth yarn featuring West Virginia crime fighter Bell Elkins is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel, employing beauty to evoke despair while reminding readers that even in the darkest of days, there might also be light. The … Continue reading

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Tensions Run High in C. J. Box’s New Cassie Dewell Thriller

After losing her law enforcement job following a tumultuous serial killer investigation in Paradise Valley, Cassie Dewell resurfaces as a struggling private detective in C.J. Box’s new crime novel, The Bitterroots. Hired to examine what appears to be an open … Continue reading

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Another Fine Private Eye Novel by T. Jefferson Parker

In T. Jefferson Parker’s new Roland Ford thriller, The Last Good Guy, the search for a missing girl leads the private eye to a mysterious date farm with military-grade security, a security firm owned by a racist billionaire, a decommissioned … Continue reading

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“A Dangerous Man,” the New Thriller by Robert Crais, is One of His Best Yet

Joe Pike is about to climb into his Jeep on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile when he sees a man force a young woman into the back seat of a waiting car. When the car pulls away from the curb, Pike … Continue reading

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My Review of “Lost You” by Haylen Beck, AKA Stuart Neville

Surrogacy — in which a woman agrees to carry a baby for another person or couple — is a legal swamp in America, and in this, veteran crime novelist Stuart Neville, writing under the pen name Haylen Beck, has found … Continue reading

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Ben Coes, Thriller Writer, Has a Temper Tantrum

I didn’t find anything to like about The Russians, the new thriller by Ben Coes, but I WAS amused by his petulant temper tantrum over my review for the Associated Press. I rarely write negative book reviews. I think life … Continue reading

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My Review of “Deep Dive” by Chris Knopf

Deep Dive, the new crime novel by Chris Knopf, is suspenseful, fast paced, and peopled with well-drawn characters.  Knopf’s prose goes down so easily that the novel isn’t so much read as inhaled. In the end, the protagonist, Sam Acquillo, … Continue reading

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My Review of J. Todd Scott’s Fine New Crime Novel

America’s war on drugs is well-trod territory in crime fiction, and T. Jefferson Parker’s Ronald Ford series and Don Winslow’s border trilogy have set a high bar for those who dare to follow. But J. Todd Scott’s 20-year career as … Continue reading

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My Review of “Evergreen,” Howard Owen’s Emotionally Charged Mystery

When Willie Black was 15 months old, his father Artie Lee was killed in an apparent automobile accident. That’s all Willie — police reporter for a Richmond, Virgina, newspaper — knows about his dad. But in “Evergreen,” he decides to … Continue reading

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My Review of Paul Doiron’s New Crime Novel, “Almost Midnight”

In nine previous crime novels, Paul Doiron’s protagonist, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, has made more than his share of friends and enemies. Now, in Almost Midnight, two friends featured in earlier books return, and both are in desperate need … Continue reading

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