Tag: corruption

  • Gale Massey: The Girl From Blind River

    Gale Massey: The Girl From Blind River

    Bottom of the Deck If you are Jamie Elders, you are living in a dingy trailer under the thumb of your criminal uncle. Your teenage brother has problems with anger management, and your mother is an ex-con just released from prison. Jamie is 19 and knows life is better – somewhere. Meantime, she’s pretending to Read more

  • Stephen Mack Jones: August Snow

    Stephen Mack Jones: August Snow

    The ground underfoot He walked away with 12-million dollars after suing the Detroit police department who fired him. One year later he’s back in town. Imperiously summoned to the mansion of Elizabeth Paget, she demands he find out what is wrong with her wealth management bank. Snow declines, he just want to rebuild Mexicantown, the Read more

  • James Hankins: Brothers and Bones

    James Hankins: Brothers and Bones

      Duplicity   Two brothers. One missing for 13-years, the other a successful federal prosecutor. Two words that change a life, and a rabbit hole no one would want to go down. Charlie Beckham never gave up looking for his brother Jake, he just hides it from his fiancee who is exasperated with his obsession. Read more

  • George Pelecanos: The Man Who Came Uptown

    George Pelecanos: The Man Who Came Uptown

    Freedom of Words   What George Pelecanos can do so effortlessly is put us in motion, inserting us into the story in progress, and stepping us out at the last page, feeling that the lives therein continue. The Man Who Came Uptown is a book that creates this perpetual motion and is Pelecanos at his Read more

  • 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 Read more

  • Brian Klingborg: Kill Devil Falls

    Brian Klingborg: Kill Devil Falls

    Gold in the hills   U.S. Marshal Helen Morrissey is annoyed. She’s been assigned the mundane task of prisoner pick-up and transport. Worse, she has to drive to the town of Kill Devil Falls to get her. Virtually abandoned for years, the town has only a few people within its borders of contaminated water and sink holes. Read more

  • Reed Farrell Coleman: Where it Hurts

    Reed Farrell Coleman: Where it Hurts

       Sleep walker   If he had his druthers, retired cop Gus Murphy would not be a courtesy van driver for a cheap hotel, he wouldn’t be divorced, and his son wouldn’t be dead. But life is a shell game and one’s own way is not always on the table. Murphy’s life is a list Read more

  • Michael J. Clark: Clean Sweep

    Michael J. Clark: Clean Sweep

    Escape A prostitute with a ledger she shouldn’t have. The man who wants it back, and the hunters he sets against her. One man, Pastor Tommy Bosco, who can help her disappear. Considering that one of the hitmen is his father and the woman was once responsible for putting him in prison, Bosco wonders if Read more

  • Duane Swierczynski: Revolver

    Duane Swierczynski: Revolver

    Family heritage Family lies   It’s a cop family of three generations. The murder of officer Stan Walczak, along with his partner in 1965, has ramifications felt 50-years later. In 1995, Walczak’s son Jim begins investigating the man he believes is responsible for the double shooting. The ex-con is adamant he was not involved. There Read more

  • Ed James: The Hope That Kills

    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. Read more

  • Franklin Schneider & Jennifer Schneider: Black Hills

    Franklin Schneider & Jennifer Schneider: Black Hills

      Town of Corruption Place of Despair   Alice Riley is a disgraced Brooklyn journalist turned private investigator. She came to her new profession by searching for the truth behind a story. Instead, she found self-serving justification and unemployment. She’s in the South Dakota oil fracking town of Whitehurst to investigate the arrest of a former colleague’s Read more

  • Andrew Case: The Big Fear

    Andrew Case: The Big Fear

    Opposing forces April 1st Release   in his latest book, The Big Fear, Andrew Case brings us into the world of New York’s Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption (DIMAC) and it’s new head, Leonard Mitchell. The opening chapter of his book brings us aboard a strangely silent cargo ship where things go wrong for Detective Ralph Mulino. An Read more

  • Trace Conger: The Shadow Broker

    Caffeinated probing: Dark resolve   Finn Harding wonders when exactly he crossed the line. It’s as ambiguous to the reader as to him but it’s a line which he straddles and a line which he leaps-over as circumstances necessitate. This is in keeping with a PI who has lost his license but continues to accept Read more