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Fort Starlight
I was reading a review of Southern writers in the New York Times about a week ago and came across three names: David Woodrell, Michael Farris Smith an...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Blood of the Wicked
On December 12, 2010, I read a review in the crime section on the New York Times Book section about Leighton Gage's new book "Every Bitter Thing" The...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
In the Morning I'll Be Gone: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel
The third in the Sean Duffy trilogy. This is a misnomer. There is a fourth one coming in 2015. This one is not your typical Irish Noir, it is more of...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon, #13)
Mr. Silva finally takes a turn away from his usual plot of Muslim terrorists and deals with a different story. The prime minister of Great Britain is...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
The Name of the Game Is Death (Drake, #1)
Thanks to my Goodreads friend George for first reading this book and giving it high praise. It was a gem of a book. Short, fast paced pulp fiction. Th...more
Mar 07, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel
This second book by Mr. Cash is awesome. It is 1998 and in the world of sports Sammy Sosa and McGuire are going head to head for Roger Maris' home run...more
Feb 09, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Purity of Vengeance (Department Q, #4)
I was going to give it a five star because for the first 95% of the book I thought it was the best of the series. The book deals with eugenics and the...more
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
The Beggar's Opera
I was going to give this book a three star but I enjoyed the twists at the end so much that it moved it up to four. The action takes place in Havana,...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
The Black Eyed Blonde (Philip Marlowe)
A well written book just like you would expect from a Booker Award winner. This is your typical Marlowe story: helpless female, at least that is what...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel
Much better than the first installment of the series. In my opinion the best book since his second Forsythe book. The story is full of action, police...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
The Aftermath
After WW I the Allies punished the Germans and did not help them rebuild. Some historians believe this led to WW II, specially Churchill. This book de...more
Dec 13, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
The Luminaries
That was a long book. It was a very good book and I can see why it won a Booker award. I was going to give it five stars and I will explain later my r...more
Nov 2013
Sep 10, 2013
Even though the book is billed as the story of the assassination of the "Beast of Prague" Heydrich, it is much more. The book gives you an insight int...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
It was a good book, but it disappointed. I will tell you what let me down:

1. One of the reasons for the credit crash was the lenght of the easy moneta...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Tatiana (Arkady Renko, #8)
An interesting book about the Russian mafia and Government corruption in present Russia. Some of the action takes place in Kaliningrad, so named after...more
Nov 28, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
The Golem and the Jinni
A beautiful blend of fantasy, historical fiction, and Jewish and Arab mythology told by an author that has an uncanny ability to weave and tell a grea...more
May 12, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
A well written book that explores the reasons for the foundation of the Israeli State and some of the highlights of its history. It is a heavily opini...more
Jan 21, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
The Intern's Handbook
A fun book to read. It is loaded with action, romance and witty dialogue. The author takes the old hired killer story and re-wraps it in a different p...more
May 08, 2014
May 03, 2014
Purgatory (Jack Taylor #10)

The satire is dark, the irreverence is outstanding, the violence over the edge, the dialogue short and to the point and the humor is edgy. Another Tay...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)
The best one since "The Devil's Star" I was disappointed with his last book "The Leopard", but this one makes up for it. Harry returns from Hong Kong...more
Jul 04, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
Hell at the Breech
This is my third Tom Franklin book and I liked it, but not as much as "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter". Tom Franklin is one of the new Southern writer...more
Apr 21, 2014
Nov 04, 2011
The Tilted World
The historical part of the 1927 flood is very interesting. It was made even more so since I recently visited the Herbert Hoover museum and spent some...more
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
The Cairo Affair
An interesting book as it deals in part with the Arab Spring. This stand alone book is okay but not as good as his Milo Weaver series. The story seem...more
Apr 2014
Jan 04, 2014
Black Irish
Not a bad book for a first try. The background to the story about the Irish in the Buffalo, NY area is very good and the decay of manufacturing in an...more
Apr 02, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
Burial Rites
A well written book and this is her first attempt. The characters are well crafted and the story is captivating. It takes place in Iceland in the earl...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
Strange Shores
After an absence from the previous two books, Detective Erlender makes a return. As most of you who have read the series know, Erlender has an obsessi...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
Rivers: A Novel
A dystopian thriller. It has been raining for 641 days and Cohen has lost his pregnant wife. He lives outside of Gulfport, MS., and needs to find a wa...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
Crooked Numbers (Raymond Donne Mystery #2)
A very good follow up to the first Ray Donne mystery. The author's style reminds me of Reed Farrell Coleman's books. In the current case one of Donne'...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Red Sparrow
I decided to read this book because I like the genre and the author was nominated for an Edgar for the best new book. After reading some of the review...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel
A difficult book to describe. At first look it is a mystery but as you read on you discover that the author has a social agenda that he wants to conve...more
Feb 04, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
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