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The Mystery of the Crimson Ghost
3.80
liked it
Read it a long time ago but I remember it as a fun book.
not set
May 24, 2009
 
The Stranger from the Valley
4.00
really liked it
This story is a western mystery, with emphasis on the mystery. It's set in a small, primarily Mormon town in Utah. A stranger shows up in town and beg ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
A Stab in the Dark (Matthew Scudder, #4)
4.00
really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot. A quick read and with a surprisingly amount of character work along with a pretty good mystery.
Jan 2008
Jun 06, 2009
 
The Mystery of the Green Ghost (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #4)
3.78
really liked it
I read a few of the "Three Investigators" books when I was a kid and remembered them fondly. A few years back I found a bunch of them at a book sale a ...more
Aug 19, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
 
The Outfit (Parker, #3)
4.14
really liked it
Third in the Parker series. Parker went to all the trouble to get a new face that was revealed in book 2, but finds by the end of that book that his n ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
 
Torn and Frayed (The Drifter Detective Book 7)
4.50
it was amazing
Torn and Frayed is the seventh offering in Beat to a Pulp’s Drifter Detective series. It’s a novella length piece. This is the first in the series wri ...more
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
 
Grim Reaper
4.08
it was amazing
This is the first book written by O'Neil De Noux, a former homicide cop in New Orleans. It is the first to feature his primary detective character, Di ...more
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
The Oakdale Affair (Mucker, #3)
3.60
liked it
I'm not sure what ERB was striving for with this book. It's got gothic elements, horror elements, western type elements. He put everything AND the kit ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2008
 
Killer In The Rain
3.83
it was amazing
Basically a short story published in novella form. A quick, fun read. I tried to study Chandler's style as I went through it. Very simple, not poetic ...more
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
 
The Man With The Getaway Face (Parker, #2)
4.04
really liked it
This is the second in the Parker series. Not quite as compelling as the first to me, but still very good. Parker is a real SOB in many ways and you do ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
 
The Body in Crooked Bayou (John Raven Beau Crime Story)
4.47
really liked it
John Raven Beau is back in a quick hitting, fast reading short mystery. This is a great character and here we get to learn a little more of his backgr ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
 
The Jugger (Parker, #6)
3.99
really liked it
This was the slowest starter of the Stark books I've read so far, but it picked up well after about the halfway point and finished strong.
Nov 19, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
 
The Hunter (Parker, #1)
4.06
really liked it
I had never read anything by Richard Stark, or by Donald Westlake, which is the author's real name. The Stark books feature a character named Parker, ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
One Lonely Night
3.61
did not like it
I was really looking forward to enjoying my first Mickey Spillane book. I'm still waiting. This one was awful. Personally, I found it nearly illiterat ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2008
 
Drive (Drive, #1)
3.47
it was amazing
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
not set
Jul 16, 2008
 
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)
4.04
really liked it
More hardboiled detective than mystery, but it fits in that category. I don't read a lot from this genre but naturally I had to read this one. It was ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2008
 
The Score (Parker, #5)
4.05
liked it
The Score: This is the longest of the Parker books I’ve read so far and I’d rank it about where I ranked #4, The Mourner. It was good, but not as good ...more
Dec 04, 2015
Nov 22, 2015
 
The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
another great work by Burke. Lovely prose.
not set
Jul 20, 2008
 
Puss In Boots
3.58
liked it
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
 
There Was A Little Girl (Matthew Hope, #11)
3.68
liked it
I've much enjoyed all the Matthew Hope series that I've read. This one started off gangbusters and I really got hooked. However, it sagged badly for m ...more
Feb 23, 2017
Feb 13, 2017
 
McBain duet: Two novellas
3.81
really liked it
This is a collection of two short stories or novellas. The first, "Driving Lessons," is a pretty standard mystery about what really happened during a ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
Three Blind Mice
3.78
really liked it
A good one. I like the Matthew Hope novels quite a bit. This one involves a triple homicide early in the book, three men who had been accused and then ...more
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
 
Beauty And The Beast (Matthew Hope, #3)
3.72
really liked it
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
 
The Mourner (Parker, #4)
3.93
liked it
This is still a good read, but I liked it least of the four Parker books I've finished so far. One reason is that Parker is actually only on the scene ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
 
The Handle (Parker, #8)
3.99
really liked it
A good one. But aren't they all. Parker decides to rob a casino and he has the backing of the feds. But as usual everything goes wrong. Does Parker ca ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
 
Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr, #3)
4.16
it was amazing
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
 
The Seventh (Parker, #7)
4.09
really liked it
Parker is at his most ruthless in this one. Action packed, hard hitting. Never start to imagine that Parker is a hero, or even an anti-hero. He's pur ...more
Nov 24, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
 
Out on the Cutting Edge (Matthew Scudder #7)
4.05
liked it
Started out well, got a little slow in the middle, but really picked up like gangbusters at the end. Very strong ending. 3 and a half stars
May 31, 2015
May 25, 2015
 
Hallam (Hallam Mysteries, #1)
4.67
it was amazing
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
4.25
liked it
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
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