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Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1)
James M. Thompson, an American author, is married to a Finnish lady, and they live in Finland, and so quite fittingly, he sets his gritty police proce ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
This longish Nordic thriller/mystery delivers a very satisfying read, for the most part. I sometimes wondered if the translation to English added more ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Murder Carries a Torch (Southern Sisters Mystery, #7)
Sister and Mouse in this outing run up against a murder in a snake handling folks's church. They aren't sleuths in the strict sense of the word, but t ...more
Jun 04, 2015
May 23, 2015
The Onion Field
First published in 1973, The Onion Field covers the story of the brutal encounter between two LAPD cops and two career criminals in, well, an onion fi ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jan 30, 2009
The Ghosts of Belfast (Jack Lennon Investigations #1)
This gritty, haunted crime novel is one of the best debuts I've read in a long time. Gerry Fegan, an ace enforcer in the IRA does a 12-stint prison st ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
4.5 Stars. Wow. Masterful characterization, multi-layered plot, eloquent prose, clear-eyed descriptions --- what's not to love about this top-drawer S ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
The Snowman
This extremely popular Nordic crime fiction series features Inspector Harry Hole. The setting is cold November in Oslo. Harry tangles with a serial ki ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Murder Boogies with Elvis (Southern Sisters Mystery, #8)
I finally got some time to do a little fun reading, and Murder Boogies With Elvis is my first book to read for pleasure in 2015. I really don't know w ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Enjoyed it, despite the sluggish beginning, perhaps needed to do the set up. I guessed the whoduunit fairly early, but then Dragon Tattoo isn't actual ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Jan 09, 2009
Black Wings Has My Angel
This 1953 title is generally acknowledged to be Mr. Chaze's tour de force and a masterpiece in hardboiled/noir crime fiction. I concur. I kept wanting ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Nightfall is the third David Goodis novel I've read, and I'm hooked on his compact, visceral, and vivid crime titles. The basic premise in Nightfall c ...more
May 22, 2012
May 21, 2012
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This WW II nonfiction makes for difficult reading in places, but I came away from it understanding more clearly just why they're called "The Greatest ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
I'd wanted to read A, Ms. Grafton's debut title in the series, but only B was on the library shelf. But then B shows Kinsey in her full profile and el ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
The Getaway
This is one of the better Jim Thompson noirs I've read. It's a twisty chase novel with the expected double-crosses, close calls, and violent clashes. ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
Gone South
Entertaining, gritty, and funny Southern Gothic/noir tale involving a Viet Nam vet who kills a banker and then chased by a pair of unusual bounty hunt ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Fabulous Clipjoint
I've heard lots of terrific things about Fredric Brown, and I've read a couple of his short stories in anthologies. The Fabulous Clipjoint is my first ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Jul 04, 2009
Whip Hand
I've read a fair number of Charles Willeford's novels, and I've never been disappointed in one. His Florida cop detective Hoke Moseley series (Miami B ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Perhaps once or twice a year reading a novel sets my heart to hammer its pulses through me. The experience is just that visceral and electric. A reade ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Murder in the Wind
Before John D. MacDonald created the Travis McGee series, he wrote a slew of slim crime novels for Gold Medal Books. These titles, for my money, are t ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
The Rare Coin Score (Parker, #9)
This top-notch Parker caper comes from the mighty pen of Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake). What a shame there will be no other titles. This time ...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
61 Hours (Jack Reacher, #14)
Let the countdown begin! Jack Reacher, what can I say? He's the hard-nosed homeboy you want to get your back. Even in the middle of the winter in the ...more
May 13, 2011
May 09, 2011
Winter's Bone
Wow. This summer I saw the movie, and it blew me away. Now the novel did pretty much the same thing. I should mention the author writes in a lyrical, ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
The Black Box (Harry Bosch, #18)
I breezed through this almost 400-page Harry Bosch cop novel. Great storyline that has Harry working on a 20-year old cold case. There is a warm-heart ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Lillian and Dash
As a rule, I steer away from reading novels taking prominent historical figures (Hemingway, Churchill, Lincoln) as their protagonists. It seems like a ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
The Woman Aroused
The Woman Aroused is Ed Lacy's debut crime pulp novel. He began his career as a literary writer (he published in The New Yorker and New Republic) befo ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
Every few months, I've been checking out a Sue Grafton alphabet title.
"E" now makes for eleven, according to my Goodreads account, that I've read. Th
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Thin Man
Hammett's last novel, THE THIN MAN doesn't refer to the ex-detective Nick Charles, but a different character. Nick and Nora Charles with their dog Ast ...more
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Dec 15, 2010
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
Great read. But I saw the movie first, then read the novel, a process that gave away some of the plot points. Oh well. The more hapless, fatalistic Mi ...more
May 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2009
The Burglar
4.5 stars, really. Call it serendipity or whatever, but I read THE BURGLAR (1953) while revising my own work-in-progress which is about thieves pullin ...more
May 26, 2012
May 23, 2012
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
It's refreshing to run across an offbeat, stylish, and sparky private eye novel like City of the Dead is. Claire DeWitt arrives in New Orleans where s ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
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