Category: Reviews

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,…

Kathleen Kent: The Dime

New City Alternate Life   Dallas – Detective Betty Rhyzyk’s new city. A place to forget about policing in Brooklyn. New York law enforcement is her family culture, but that is her past. Her life is in Texas now with her girlfriend Jackie.   She scores a great partner in Seth and deftly handles the other detectives she works with who have problems with her sexual orientation.  And Jackie’s family, that’s…

Harry Hunsicker: The Devil’s Country

No ones hero Someone’s saviour   Once a Texas Ranger, now inveterate traveller, Arlo Baines moves from hill to hollow to forget. The void in his life is unfillable. Never long in one place, his stopover in the West Texas town of Piedra Springs changes that. In a parking lot he encounters a woman and her children. They are desperate for help to escape armed men. The next day…

David Swinson: The Second Girl

  Crime & fault Function & abuse   A functional cocaine addict, Frank Marr was once a Washington, DC narcotics detective able to keep his secret for years. Finally caught-out, the brass decided forced retirement was the solution. The truth would bring too many problems.   Working as a Private Investigator Marr supplements his habit and income, by robbing drug dealers. His cocaine use…

Rena Olsen: The Girl Before

  Happy Home Happy Life         Clara is a happy wife. She and Neil live together with their daughters on a large property, deep in a wooded area. The daughters of all ages who are brought to Clara for training. Housekeeping, manners, languages, all the necessary lessons as they wait for a client to be assigned to them. Mama…

Barry Eisler: Livia Lone

Sold   Livia is a freak in the bedroom. She must have absolute control. Sometimes things work out okay. Other times she meets aggression with brutal finality. There are reasons of course. All of them understandable, none of them sustainable. In a book about loss and vengeance it’s irrelevant.   Born Labee in the Lahu hill country of Thailand, she and her…

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