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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
The Whip Hand (Halcyon Classics)
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
West on 66
This is a fun, peppy read first pubbed in 1999 just before the big Y2K scare. Many thanks to James Reasoner for his recommendation on his blog.

It's S...more
Oct 31, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
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
not set
Dec 15, 2010
Just Like That
Les Edgerton's masterful JUST LIKE THAT is the same rich vein as the noir-miester Chester Himes' prison novel YESTERDAY WILL MAKE YOU CRY. Both author...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Murder Gets A Life (Southern Sisters Mystery, #5)
This humorous title is the first one I've ever read in Anne George's Southern Sisters mystery series. Mary Alice ("Mouse") and Patricia Anne ("Sister"...more
May 15, 2011
May 14, 2011
Blood on the Moon
Does anybody read Westerns anymore? The last regular reader I knew was my grandfather who died 30 years ago. Why? I've been told Westerns are consider...more
not set
Nov 19, 2010
Loved it. Certainly a classic Western as it's often touted, Hombre was published in 1961. It is Elmore Leonard's only first person point-of-view novel...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Dancing Bear
Detective Milo Dragovitch is working as a security guard when an old family friend hires him to look into a curious case. Of course, the mystery only...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux, #18)
Sturdy entry in the Sheriff Dave Robicheaux series. Kept me interested even during the Super Bowl, so that's saying a lot. I'm going with 5 stars if j...more
not set
Jan 31, 2011
The Outlaw Album: Stories
This slim volume of a dozen stories should appeal to the fans of literary fiction with a decidedly noirish twist and rural flavor. My favorite was "Ni...more
Oct 08, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
The End of Everything
I'm a fan of Megan Abbott's previous retro-noir titles, and this one takes even bigger risks and longer leaps. Noir is nasty and painful, both in abun...more
Aug 29, 2011
Oct 29, 2010
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
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
I finally completed my reading of this somewhat leisurely paced subway thriller set in New York City with all the holidays' hoopla going on. Two movie...more
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
The Final Country
I'm not doing any plot summary except PI Milo Milodragovich, 60, investigates a murder in Texas with forays to his native state of Montanna. Milo love...more
Jan 03, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
Street of No Return
David Goodis's star is ascending in the noir writers' skies. He had a Library of America volume of his five novels appear this year. Goodis is an ace...more
May 20, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Bughouse Affair
This fun outing is the collaborative effort of husband and wife Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller. A burly, tough Scotsman John Quincannon and a former...more
Sep 02, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire, #6)
This entertaining mystery gave me three nights of pleasure. I'd read an earlier title in the series, so Walt Longmire, the sheriff of a Wyoming town,...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
Dust Devils
For my money, the top echelon of literary crime noir creates separate narrative threads of the main characters and then, somehow, weaves them together...more
Dec 30, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
The Things They Carried
This is one of the classic Vietnam War novels I hadn't read until now. When I was in grad school, Tim O'Brien was like god to the aspiring, young writ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
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