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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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C.J. Box’s Latest Has Everything You Could Ask For In a Western Thriller

C.J. Box’s new thriller, Breaking Point, has everything his legions of fans have come to expect: well-drawn Wyoming characters, soulless bureaucrats whose meddling does more harm than good, lots of guns and horses, plenty of danger and suspense, a spectacular … Continue reading

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A Review of Thomas Perry’s New Thriller, “The Boyfriend.”

I’ve always admired Thomas Perry’s thrillers, both for the suspense and for the prose; and his new one, The Boyfriend lived up to the high standard he’s set — until the concluding chapters. In tying up his inventive and suspenseful … Continue reading

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Randy Wayne White’s New Thriller Tackles One of Florida’s Most Enduring Mysteries

One of the most enduring Florida mysteries is that of Flight 19, a squadron of five Navy torpedo bombers that took off from Fort Lauderdale on a training mission on Dec. 5, 1945, and vanished somewhere off the Florida coast. … Continue reading

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My Review of Tim Hallinan’s New Crime Novel, “Little Elvises”

Crashed, the first novel in veteran crime novelist Timothy Hallinan’s new Junior Bender series, was great fun. The new one, Little Elvises, is even better with outrageous characters, heightened suspense and an intricate plot. You can read my Associated Press … Continue reading

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A Dog Steals the Show in Robert Crais’ New Novel, “Suspect.”

Robert Crais’ new novel, Suspect, marks the return of LAPD police officer Scott James, but the most appealing character in the book is the cop’s new partner, an 85-pound German Shepherd named Maggie. Crais even writes some chapters from Maggie’s … Continue reading

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