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If you only read one book on the Columbine massacre, this should be the one. Cullen has devoted almost ten years of research to the subject and cuts t ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse, #12)
Pretty standard entry to the Morse series. Dexter established his template early on and never really saw fit to go beyond it. That said, it's a pretty ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Blue Wolf in Green Fire: A Woods Cop Mystery (Service, #2)
I enjoyed this book about a conservation officer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, investigating a poaching ring and the murder of two government employe ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Aug 30, 2008
Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
Not a bad sentence, nor a wrong word. This is easily one of the best books I've read this year.

I suppose one of the central messages of this book is t
May 30, 2009
May 28, 2009
Bury it Deep
At first I didn't like this so much. A couple chapters into it, I decided it was OK. Beyond that, I liked it quite a bit.

The book has two protagonist
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
The Cop Shop: True Crime on the Streets of Chicago
Robert Blau, formerly a Chicago Tribune reporter, details the nature of police reporting. I thought this was an interesting book, worth reading, but I ...more
Jun 04, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Midnight Fugue (Dalziel and Pascoe, #24)
This was a competent, mostly entertaining book, though not up to Reginald Hill's usual quality. There are two main plotlines running through the novel ...more
Apr 29, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
This book is a combination historical novel-crime thriller-romance (but one that is guy-friendly)-story of personal redemption-philosophical reflectio ...more
May 05, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
Get What's Coming
As a run-of-the-mill crime thriller/mystery, this was good. It suffers in comparison to Sam Reaves's other books, however.

I'm not sure what it was; th
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
The Black Dahlia
Although I found the story a little too rushed toward the end, it was still a pretty good read.

This book involves the late 1940s torture-murder of Eli
May 28, 2009
May 16, 2009
Homicide 69
Sam Reaves keeps getting better. Reaves sets this book in Chicago, in 1969. His protagonist, homicide detective Mike Dooley, is one of those people fr ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
Chicago Noir
Some of the stories in this anthology were better than others. The contributions from Kevin Guilfoile and Joe Meno are probably the best of the lot.

Aug 13, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
Lie In The Dark
When starting with an author I've not read before, I tend to choose mysteries based on setting.

This debut by Dan Fesperman is set in war-torn Sarajevo
May 12, 2008
Feb 08, 2010
Six Bad Things (Hank Thompson #2)
This is the sequal to Caught Stealing, the second book in the Hank Thompson trilogy, but it easily stands on its own. I liked it a lot.

The character o
Jul 11, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
We All Fall Down
I've enjoyed all of Michael Harvey's books fceaturing private detective Michael Kelly. I enjoyed reading this book, too, but I'd rank it below the oth ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
The Black Minutes
This book received some very prestigious awards, and I feel bad about giving up on it. I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps the translation isn't as g ...more
May 22, 2013
May 11, 2013
The Chicago Way
A solid debut novel and a good introduction to an interesting character that doesn't seek to compulsively explain everything right away. It was one of ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Cruel Habitations
This book by Kate Charles was quite satisfying, a good example of what I think of as the sub-genre of the Anglican murder mystery.

The book focuses on
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
A lot of critics have sniffily disparaged the works of Agatha Christie. They are contrived, formulaic, cliche-ridden. She certainly cranked out the bo ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
Good Cop, Bad Cop
A story of two brothers, Nick is the superintendant of the Chicago P.D., while Aldo is a bad cop who is envious of his brother's success. After a life ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Jan 09, 2009
Big City, Bad Blood (Ray Dudgeon, #1)
Some more Windy City noir. With a little tweaking, this one might have made it to five stars. Overall, I enjoyed it but thought the ending got wrapped ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
The Fifth Floor (Michael Kelly, #2)
This is a tightly-written, well-paced hardboiled mystery set in Chicago. Michael Harvey's protagonist Michael Kelly, tough guy and private eye, deals ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
The Blade Itself
This is Marcus Sakey's debut novel, and it's even more impressive for that fact.

The protagonist Danny has built a nice life for himself, but all of th
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
A Long Cold Fall
The first in the Cooper MacLeish mystery series.

A an old college love of Cooper's has died, and Cooper wants to discover why. The police have ruled i
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
The book introduces the character of Phillip Marlowe, a private detective with an acerbic wit and a sense of world-weary realism. In Marlowe, Chandler ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Calumet City
Pretty awesome. Patti Black is a tough cop with a dark past, abused as a foster child, escaping to an alcohol-soaked life on the streets. She clawed h ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Sep 27, 2008
Skin River
A dark, moody story, this is one of those mysteries in which virtue is relative. Buddy Bayes came to rural Wisconsin from Chicago, trying to escape hi ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
At the City's Edge
I go back and forth on whether to rate this at 4 or 5 stars. It has some slight weaknesses; compared to his first book, the plot is more conventional. ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight, #7)
In the world of Alex McKnight, no good deed goes unpunished. He helps rescue some guys after a nasty accident out on the lake, and they turn out to be ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 07, 2008
Walking the Lions
A basic mystery, nothing fantastic but a solid, entertaining read. Alex Nadal is left a farm near Barcelona by his aunt, who died from a fatal tumble ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
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