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The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
As someone who deals with anxiety disorder, I'm always on the lookout for authors who have fresh perspectives on how to quiet the mind and ease the li ...more
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Jul 10, 2011
The Fever
When one of the most popular girls at Dryden High School suddenly begins having convulsions in class and has to be rushed to the hospital, it sets off ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
The Killer Is Dying
While James Sallis ostensibly writes crime novels, the crime itself becomes almost incidental to the haunted and melancholy lives of the characters he ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
During the late 80's and early 90's, James Ellroy wrote an acclaimed series of crime novels known as the L.A. Quartet before moving on to essentially ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue, #1)
C.W. Sughrue is a smalltime private investigator and bartender. When he gets a case that requires him to track down a wayward writer who is off on a d ...more
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Feb 13, 2009
One of my all time favorite novels, this is a work of genius. Ex soldier Billy Pilgrim is adrift in the space-time continuum, and shifts back and fort ...more
Feb 11, 1997
Jun 12, 2008
Isn't it an amazing feeling when you finish a book that is so engrossing that it feels like you are coming up for air when you turn the final page? Th ...more
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
A Morning for Flamingos (Dave Robicheaux, #4)
This is an early book in Burke's great Dave Robicheaux series, where the protagonist has reluctantly joined the New Iberia, LA police Department as a ...more
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Jun 22, 2012
The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1)
Private Investigator Elvis Cole is a kid trapped in a man's body. Proclaiming fourteen to be the perfect age, he hides his excellent investigatory ski ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
The Kings of Cool
Don Winslow is fast becoming one of my favorite storytellers, and Savages, the book this novel was based on, was one of my favorite novels of 2010. Wh ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Fight Club
“The First rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club.” this sentence taken from the movie and book of the same name has become a cli ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut's satire about runaway science and the futility of religion and greed is the subject of this masterful satire. A man sets out to write a ...more
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Jul 20, 2011
One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)
The whole world followed Kick's story - she was abducted as a small child, sexually abused, forced to perform in pornographic films before being mirac ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1)
Kicked out of The Guards (the Irish Police force) for habitual drunkenness, Jack Taylor has blundered into becoming an unlicensed private investigator ...more
Dec 2013
Jul 22, 2010
The House of Lost Souls
Paul Seaton is a broken man. He lost his girlfriend, his job and for a while his sanity after his obsession with a beautiful and enigmatic 1920's flap ...more
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Aug 25, 2009
The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder, #1)
Matthew Scudder is an ex New York City cop who makes his living as an off the books private investigator. When a young woman is brutally murdered in h ...more
May 26, 2009
May 27, 2009
The Butcher's Boy (Butcher's Boy, #1)
A hitman known only as The Butcher’s Boy is cutting a swath through the western United states, killing a labor leader and a United States senator amon ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus, #19)
One of my favorite characters, the irascible Edinburgh police detective John Rebus is back on the case. Getting used to a role-reversal where he is de ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Tales of Jack the Ripper
This book is an anthology is a book of short stories about, alluding to, or at least nodding in the direction of the infamous British serial killer kn ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Backflash (Parker, #18)
Master thief and ultimate anti-hero Parker is approached with a particular proposition: can he put together a string of crooks to rob a floating casin ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Son
This is a stand alone novel for the Norwegian author best known for his Harry Hole series of police procedural novels. In this story Sonny is a addict ...more
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
A Dance At The Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder, #9)
Unlicensed private investigator Matthew Scudder is approached by a fellow attendee at an AA meeting asking him to look at a videocassette he recently ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller
After reading about the renaissance in South African crime fiction in Library Journal and Booklist, I decided to take a look at this book. Blurbed by ...more
May 11, 2010
May 12, 2010
With Chuck Palahnuik, you know that shocks are going to come fast and furious and that the conventions of most literature are going to be cast aside. ...more
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May 07, 2009
The Night Class
Caleb is in the last year at university, struggling with his thesis, his girlfriend and a drinking problem. When he returns to school after winter bre ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
Cross (Jack Taylor, #6)
When Cross opens, we hardly recognize Jack Taylor. He's sober, relatively lucid, and has been offered an absurd amount of money to sell his Galway apa ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Mar 22, 2008
Nowhere To Run (Joe Pickett, #10)
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is on horseback patrol in a remote mountainous section of the state when he comes across a lone man fishing in a seclu ...more
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Apr 10, 2010
White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)
The fourth and final installment in James Ellroy's epic L.A. Quartet is one of his bleakest titles (and that is really saying something) but overcomes ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
The Killer Inside Me
Do you know what it is like to hide part of your soul from the world? To walk through life pretending to be a human being while all the time feeling l ...more
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Jan 05, 2010
American Gods
American Gods attained "all-time favorite" status when I first read it in 2001, and ten years later it has lost none of its charm or sense of awe. It ...more
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Jul 11, 2011
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