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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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“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 “The Perfect Liar,” a New Crime Novel by Thomas Christopher Greene

The great thing about being an artist, Max tells his students, is that you can imagine things into being. But only he knows the extremes to which he has taken that. Max lacks the academic credentials for his job as … Continue reading

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My Review of Joanna Schaffhausen’s New Crime Novel, “No Mercy”

No Mercy is Joanna Schaffhausen’s second compelling novel in a series featuring FBI profiler Reed Markham and Woodbury, MA, police officer Ellery Hathaway, whom Reed once rescued from a serial killer. The story is told in vivid, precise prose, the … Continue reading

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Pitch-Perfect Dialogue — My Review of Neely Tucker’s New Crime Novel

Only the Hunted Run is the third Sully Carter novel by Neely Tucker, a veteran Washington Post war correspondent now covering the presidential election for the paper’s Sunday magazine. Unsurprisingly, Tucker’s depiction of how a crack investigative reporter works is … Continue reading

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“Nantucket Grand” by Steven Axelrod — A Review

I always enjoy discovering a fine new crime novelist, so I’m indebted to Barbara Peters of Poisoned Penn Press and the proprietor of the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ, for introducing me to Steven Axelrod. Steven isn’t exactly new. … Continue reading

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“Original Sin” by D.P. Lyle: A Review

D.P. Lyle, award-winning novelist and practicing cardiologist, has a new thriller in his series featuring police officer Samantha Cody. It’s a tense, intelligent tale well-told. You can read the full text of my Associated Press book review here. And you … Continue reading

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