Tag: book review

  • Mark Leichliter: The Other Side

    Mark Leichliter: The Other Side

    It starts with a missing girl, like those that are so often never found. And the beginning of the search brings us into the realm of Detective Steve Wendell. As we move into the investigation and no trace of Brittany Rogers can be found, Wendell doesn’t give-in. It’s not obsession, but as a good cop,…

  • From the Archives – C.S. O’Cinneide: Starr Sting Scale

    From the Archives – C.S. O’Cinneide: Starr Sting Scale

    She’s 6-feet + of mean and will cut you down with nary a side look. She also has the occasional soft spot in certain circumstances, but don’t count on it to keep you safe. Candace Starr retired after her release from prison. A contract killer, she often took after her father in methodology – snapping…

  • Author Henry Roi: With Her Fists

    Author Henry Roi: With Her Fists

    Prison is what you make it Clarice Ares, has recently retired as a two-time, Bantamweight Champion boxer. She and her husband Ace run a combined car shop and tattoo parlour. Custom Ace and Tattoology are considered first class operations. A cartel mule’s vehicle has electrical problems. The nearest shop for a quick repair is Custom…

  • Jonathan Brown: The Big Crescendo

    Jonathan Brown: The Big Crescendo

    The L.A. Practice Joint isn’t much, but it’s got cheap rates and works for the up and comers, and those who never will be. Lou Crasher collects the money and books the rooms, meantime picking up gigs around the city as a drummer. Hi main gal is a 1965 Mustang, but lately it’s Angela that’s…

  • Alan Parks: Bloody January

    Alan Parks: Bloody January

    Glasgow’s underbelly in the 1970s is well given life in this debut book by Alan Parks. A young man commits murder at a Buchanan St. bus station. Shooting a waitress before killing himself. For DI Harry McCoy the question is why. There isn’t a connection between the two people. When the murder/suicide leaves a dotted…

  • Nathan Ripley: Find You in the Dark

    Nathan Ripley: Find You in the Dark

    Martin Reese, loving family man, obsessive stalker. But he has that stalking thing under control, in a way that’s quite unusual. Reese researches and locates the buried bodies of a serial killer. He leaves just enough of the victim exposed so that, when he calls police to tell them he’s done their work for them…

  • Niklas Natt Och Dag: The Wolf and the Watchman

    Niklas Natt Och Dag: The Wolf and the Watchman

    The muck and foulness of Stockholm in 1793 is well described in this debut by Niklas Natt Och Dag and you’ll cringe all along the way. A body found in a Stockholm river has the watchman Mickel Cardell reeling in shock. The victim has been horrifyingly sundered – with no arms, legs, eyes, or tongue.…

  • Matt Goldman: Gone to Dust

    Matt Goldman: Gone to Dust

    Bitter remains   Nils Shapiro, a Minnesota police officer laid-off from the job becomes a Private Investigator. The town of Edina asks Shap to help with an unusual homicide. The victim, was found on her bed covered with debris from vacuum cleaner bags, many bags. Working with a former colleague the investigation points toward a…

  • Thomas Pluck: Bad Boy Boogie

    Thomas Pluck: Bad Boy Boogie

      Darkness aired   The town bully and budding psychopath was killed by 17-year old Jay¬†Desmarteaux. Everyone knew he deserved it, but only one person went to prison for it. Twenty-five years later and out on early release, the town and its hierarchy don’t want Desmarteaux around. Not a surprise really, but why have Papa…

  • William Lashner: A Filthy Business

    William Lashner: A Filthy Business

    A writer & a psychopath Walk into a bar   A man who searches may find himself, but won’t necessarily like the result. Phil Kubiak is a fixer on the wrong side of the law. He does what he’s told as much as he can. Always the outlier, Kubiak can’t help deviating from instructions.¬†On the…