Todd Robinson: The Hard Bounce & Rough Trade

  Carefully Simplistic Achingly Adroit   St. Gabriel’s Home for Boys is where the children of addicts, cons and abusers land. It’s not a refuge. If their lives were difficult before they arrived, they are appalling by the time they leave. At St Gabe’s boys are terrorized, brutalized, and left disaffected.   Within this abortive melange, four boys find each…

Mike Knowles: Rock Beats Paper

Value of money is relative to proximity   Wilson is a professional. The job varies but he uses a tried and true  methodology. Well planned and carried out to the letter. With the right connections things go well, usually. When the plan for a large crew diamond heist falls apart, he decides to take it on using a much smaller…

David Achord: Wildcat

Right kind of PI Wrong kind of problems   Thomas Ironcutter has big weight over his head. His wife committed suicide, the police department where he was a detective thinks he did it. He waits for the inevitable. He’s moved on as he can, there is little of the wounded detective in this book. He is pragmatic and interested. He loves his cigars.…

Lone Thiels: Fatal Crossing

  Thrift Shop Suitcase Dangerous Journey   Nora Sands is the London correspondent for the Danish weekly magazine Globalt. When she buys a used leather suitcase, tucked inside are old pictures of teenage girls. One of the pictures is of two girls on a Danish ferry. They disappeared in the 80s. This leads Sands to serial killer William Hickley and she realizes that the suitcase has brought her to places darker…

Melissa Yi: Human Remains – Book Launch Today!

  Moving forward Moving on?   When I last wrote about Melissa Yi’s wonderful character Dr. Hope Sze, she was in dire circumstances in Stockholm Syndrome. The aftermath of this has resulted in PTSD. Currently living in Ottawa, Sze is set for a rotation at a lab for stem cell research. Scoping out the lab the evening before her first work day, she finds a body in the snow. The…

Ed James: The Hope That Kills

  Murdered Sex Workers Lost Daughter   It’s the work that keeps DI Fenchurch going, and when the body of a young woman is found without a clue to her identity, he digs in. She is about the age of his missing daughter Chloe, gone for 10-years. The pain and anxiety killed his marriage and could yet take him under. When another woman is found…

Jane Harper: The Dry

  Heat – Drought Hatred – Murder   Aaron Falk left Kiewarra, Australia as a teenager, driving away from rancor and suspicion. Many years later, now a Federal Agent in Melourne, he returns for the funeral of his childhood friend Luke. The friend whom many believe killed his wife and child, before killing himself.  Regional police have ruled it a murder, suicide. Local officer Sergeant Raco,…

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