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Drive (Drive, #1)
This is a noir novella, and is a masterpiece. Some folks are troubled by the fact that sections are told out of linear sequence. I didn't find that a...more
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Jul 16, 2008
Puss In Boots
The plot is that a woman is murdered and her husband is charged with the crime. Matthew Hope represents the husband. He finds out the woman was making...more
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2014
Beauty And The Beast (Matthew Hope, #3)
I liked it a lot. I really enjoy the Matthew Hope mysteries. It's interesting that McBain can have the character leading a relatively normal life whil...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Hallam (Hallam Mysteries, #1)
This is a collection containing two longish short stories by L. J. Washburn featuring the Cowboy detective, Lucas Hallam. The first one, marking the f...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Inner City Hoodlum
Not sure where to put these. Men's adventure maybe. Goines's books are just flat out racist, but there is a certain narrative drive to them that keeps...more
Jan 2007
Jun 09, 2009
The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux, #16)
I always enjoy Burke's writing and this is no exception. Beautiful wrought and strongly emotional. The story takes place during and immediately after...more
Nov 12, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Cry Hard, Cry Fast
This is a wonderful book, which brings a bunch of folks with different stories all together to the same spot on the highway, where an accident will oc...more
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Aug 03, 2008
Border Town Girl
This is actually a collection of two novellas, "Border Town Girl" and "Linda." Both are basically character studies, which MacDonald does very well.
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Aug 03, 2008
The Colorado Kid
Didn't care much for this one. Extremely slow. The characters really weren't very interesting. Definitely not King's finest moment.
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
Tractor Girl
This is part of a trifecta of great rural noir novels by Reasoner, Texas Wind, Dust Devils, and now, Tractor Girl. I liked this one a lot, although I...more
Mar 2012
Feb 29, 2012
The Green Ripper (Travis McGee #18)
The entire Travis McGee series is excellent. This is one of the more brutal of the stories, and one of the best.
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Jul 16, 2008
End of the Tiger and Other Stories
My favorite collection by JDM. It includes "Hangover," one of my favorite short stories of all time.
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Jul 17, 2008
Nightmare in Pink (Travis McGee, #2)
This is the second Travis McGee book, although it was published the same year as the first. Great stuff.
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Jul 31, 2008
Why Mermaids Sing: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
An excellent book. This is the third in this series and I plan to immediately start the fourth one. There's a solid mystery with a very interesting li...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Baronne Street
I read the kindle version of this and really enjoyed it. Burleigh Drummond is one of the great modern Private Eyes, and a fitting successor to Spade,...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
Savage Night
Frankly I didn't care much for this one. The first part was fairly slow moving, although the characters were interesting,as is always the case with Th...more
Sep 25, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
Murder of a Bookman: A Bentley Hollow Collectibles Mystery Novel / The Paperback Show Murders (Wildside Mystery Double #5)
This book is tagged on the front as a "Wildside Mystery Double." It includes the Gary Lovisi book on one side, and a book by Robert Reginald, "The Pap...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Bimbos of the Death Sun (Jay Omega, #1)
I didn't like this one as well as a lot of folks did. I'm a hard sell for humor, though. I just thought at times it was a bit mean spirited toward the...more
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Jun 26, 2009
Slick Time
This is a sexy caper novel, and it's a lot of fun. We've got New Orleans, the Caribbean, a sexy movie in the making, and a con. We've got a fake kidna...more
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
The Drifter Detective
Jack Laramie is a descendant of Cash Laramie, known as the Outlaw Marshall. Cash was a lawman and Jack is in a similar business, working as a private...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
The Sting of the Scorpion (Hardy Boys, #58)
Sometimes I guess you can't go back. I didn't have access to many of the Hardy Boys mysteries when I was a kid but did read and enjoy a few. I picked...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
The Darwin Conspiracy
I was torn between two and three stars for this one, but I did enjoy it. It was a bit slow in places but was interesting. I was troubled by how easy t...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The House That Jack Built (Matthew Hope, #8)
A gay man is killed and suspicion falls on his straight brother. Matthew Hope believes the man is innocent but has only a tale about a figure in black...more
May 09, 2010
May 09, 2010
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
A really excellent book. First in a series. Lush prose, fascinating characters, and great atomsphere. A brutal murder sets off a chain reaction of eve...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr, #5)
An excellent book, with more twists and turns than just about any thriller with a modern setting that you might name. Great characters who the reader...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 03, 2010
A Moment of Wrong Thinking
Very well written. The only reason I guess I didn't give it five stars is because it's really a story within a story. Someone is telling about a parti...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
In an Evil Time
After reading a couple of books that were kind of ho hum, I started this one and really got caught up in the story. A good solid mystery. I wasn't abl...more
Sep 29, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Mystery of the Desert Giant (Hardy Boys, #40)
This was my favorite of the Hardy Boys books that I read, and it was one of the first. Go figure. In fact, it wasn't until years later when I found th...more
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May 24, 2009
Cinderella (Matthew Hope, #6)
It's not quite a 4 star but very close. The book started out kind of slow and was somewhat confusing, but it really got better toward the end of the f...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
A Hell of a Woman
Loved the opening to this and enjoyed it most of the way through. The ending brought it down, though. I didn't find the "descent into madness" very co...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
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