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John Perich

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While working in a variety of Boston-area tech startups, John Perich has still found time to write and publish several gritty crime thrillers, particularly the Mara Cunningham series (Too Close To Miss in 2011; Too Hard to Handle in 2012).

A Baltimore native but a Massachusetts resident, John teaches and practices jiu-jitsu, turns a winking eye to pop culture on Overthinking It, samples whiskey indiscriminately but responsibly, and rocks a mean karaoke mic.


Average rating: 3.62 · 316 ratings · 56 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Too Close to Miss (Mara Cun...
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Too Hard to Handle (Mara Cu...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Too Late to Run (Mara Cunni...
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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It’s Ben Franklin’s idea, supposedly, but I learned about it from Gene Wolfe in his afterword to “The Boy Who Hooked The Sun”:


Find a very short story by a writer you admire. Read it over and over until you understand everything in it. Then read it over a lot more.


Here’s the key part. You must do this. Put it away where you cannot get at it. You will have to find a way to do it that works for...

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Stock men's adventure of the 70s/80s variety. The politics are predictable, the racial aspects cringingly dated, and the sex enticingly shallow. Distinguishing this story are the technical elements: both rival protagonists are experts in unusual meth ...more
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An excellently crafted story. It's hard to imagine three less sympathetic characters by their short descriptions alone - a privileged American film student making a documentary in South India, a poacher, and an elephant who's murdered so many people ...more
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Like Thomas Pynchon crossed with Things Fall Apart (the Roots album, not the Achebe novel, though there's plenty of that too), salted with plenty of David Foster Wallace. And yet Reed predates and informs all of those. Hep and hilarious, enlightening ...more
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The Way Into Darkness by Harry Connolly
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A frenetic finish to an excellent trilogy. It's amazing how few details Connolly needs to depict a complex world with a variety of magical, sinister creatures, two characters who evolve plausibly over the course of a story, and an empire in collapse. ...more
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One of the best works of literary sports nonfiction I've ever read, and the best character study of MMA fighters I've read to date. Howley's dense, overly academic tone can be daunting at first, but that's half the point. This isn't a book of fightin ...more
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“No two social scientists agree on what “fascism” really is (though everyone agrees it’s terrible!). But historical examples that most people agree to call fascist states all had in common a strong national ideology and a standing army. The State is not just the governor in a fascist country: We are the State, the State is Us.

The State is the source of polite behavior and moral instruction. And we know our State – and therefore our ideology – are better than that of neighboring States because our standing army is so much stronger than theirs. If our army is defeated, it has nothing to do with insufficient manpower or poor strategy or losing the arms race. It’s because we were sabotaged by traitors, or because the National Will at home wasn’t strong enough (see “We are the State”; above).

Such circular reasoning appeals to the hunter-gatherer instincts which ten thousand years of civilization have not yet eradicated. We want to belong to a tribe. We also want to belong to the right tribe: the strongest tribe, the one that can best protect us. And we want to provide for the tribe with which we identify so closely. Appealing to people’s desire for strength and safety can open any door.”
John Perich

“Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing




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