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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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My Review of James Lee Burke’s “Wayfaring Stranger”

James Lee Burke’s last three novels, Light of the World, Creole Belle, and Feast Day of Fools, were arguably his best. Wayfaring Stranger joins them as one of his most powerful and ambitious novels to date. To read my full … Continue reading

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My Review of Paul Doiron’s “The Bone Orchard”

The Bone Orchard is Paul Doiron’s fifth crime novel in his fine series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. The book is both a rich exploration of character and a satisfying mystery story. I highly recommend it. You can find … Continue reading

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A Review of Sara Gran’s Dark New Crime Novel

Sara Gran’s new crime novel, Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, takes noir to dark places rarely seen since Jim Thompson and David Goodis were writing a half-century ago. For my Associated Press review of this quirky and ambitious novel, please click here.

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T. Jefferson Parker’s “The Famous and the Dead.” My Review.

With “The Famous and the Dead,” T. Jefferson Parker brings his six-novel saga about Charlie Hood, an LA lawman hellbent on disrupting gunrunning along the Mexican border, to a conclusion. The new crime novel, like the series as a whole, … Continue reading

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David Freed’s New Thriller Is Another Winner

David Freed, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Los Angeles Times,  made my list of the top ten crime novels of 2011 with his debut novel, Flat Spin. His just-released sequel, Fangs Out, is every bit as good. You … Continue reading

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