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A Serpent's Tooth (Walt Longmire, #9)
it was amazing
In the case of Longmire v. Longmire, the verdict is in. The written version of the semi-jaded, semi-tough Walt Longmire fairly clobbers the two-dimens ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)
it was amazing
"Blood on the Tracks" starts out as a thriller, morphs into a mystery, and turns back again into a movie-ready action-packed finish. But if you mentio ...more
Sep 2016
Oct 01, 2016
Triptych (Will Trent, #1)
really liked it
There are plenty of good examples of cross-gender writers but certainly Karin Slaughter would be Exhibit No. 1. (This is my first by Karin Slaughter, ...more
Jun 15, 2012
May 27, 2012
Benediction (Plainsong, #3)
it was amazing
“Benediction” says we all matter. “Benediction” looks at our faint footprints on the surface of the earth and says each step counts.

We return to the l
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Gone Girl
did not like it
**spoiler alert** “Gone Girl” is everywhere. The novel has gone into the special category of “ubiquitous.” There are more than 4500 review on Amazon a ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Killing Trail (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1)
really liked it
Timber Creek Sheriff Deputy Mattie Lu Cobb has a new partner. “Born in Russia, he was a handsome guy: straight black hair, intense brown eyes, and whi ...more
Dec 2015
Dec 07, 2015
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
liked it
The cover sold me—a beat-up, worn-down hiking shoe. That is a great cover. I thought I’d spend the entire book on the edge, eating nuts and berries an ...more
Jun 04, 2012
May 20, 2012
Destroyer Angel (Anna Pigeon, #18)
really liked it
In "Destroyer Angel," Nevada Barr channels Lee Child. Anna Pigeon finds her inner Jack Reacher. Not that Anna wasn't tough before. She's tough in a re ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
Carry Me Across the Water
it was amazing
Like drinking straight cream, reading Ethan Canin forces you to slow down. You can’t swallow quickly. You don’t want to. You appreciate the way words ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
it was amazing
“Lost Girls” is a grim trip to the underbelly of prostitution and drugs and desperation. And serial killers. Robert Kolker draws intimate portraits of ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest
it was amazing
“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.”

That’s a Salman Rushdie line (from "The Satanic Verses") but it’s a perfect description
Feb 02, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
The Yellow Birds
it was amazing
Tim O’Brien: “And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
really liked it
I heard Stephen King being interviewed recently on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He said “Joyland” started with a simple image of a boy in a wheelchair ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
The Impossible Dead
really liked it
“The Impossible Dead” is a solid, beefy mystery with Scottish atmosphere and slow-burn tension in ample supply. Ian Rankin makes writing these stories ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck, #4)
it was amazing
There is no single hero. Martin Beck does the most brooding. He--mostly--puts the pieces together. Teamwork rules in The Laughing Policeman. The piece ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Tenth of December
it was amazing
I recoil when a newspaper like The New York Times tries to declare a new title as "the best book you'll read this year" and it's only January (January ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
The Marriage Plot
it was amazing
In The Marriage Plot, I had the feeling that Jeffrey Eugenides is pouring through the fine-grain, microscopic detail of the great love novels and turn ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
If you have found this review and if you are contemplating the investment of reading time, don’t hesitate any longer.

“Quiet” is thought-provoking and
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Nothing Short of Dying (Clyde Barr, #1)
it was amazing
At one point in time, the world was simply a “wide-open adventure” to Clyde Barr. A stint in the Merchant Marines. Camping across Africa at a time whe ...more
Aug 07, 2016
Aug 16, 2016
Too Bad to Die
it was amazing
"Too Bad To Die" (wouldn't Lee Child have loved that title?) is so brisk and light on its feet, that you’ll be sucked right in to this whirling plot i ...more
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
A Hologram for the King
it was amazing
I now feel compelled to go back through all of Eggers’ work—that’s how much I enjoyed "A Hologram for the King," even though the story is somewhat spa ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth
it was amazing

When the trial finally drew to a close on Wednesday, Aug. 26 (2015), the judge who sentenced James Holmes to 3,318 years in prison did nothing to stop
Aug 2015
Aug 29, 2015
Monument Road
it was amazing
Also interview with Charles Quimby on my blog:

Leonard Self is driving down the snaking road off Colorado National Monument. His w
Sep 2013
Oct 25, 2013
Nightmares Unhinged
really liked it
"Nightmares Unhinged," an anthology from Denver-area Hex Publishers, offers 20 well-written tales with an overall dark vibe. Gore? Some. Cool story co ...more
Aug 30, 2015
Sep 07, 2015
The Best American Mystery Stories 2013
really liked it
Variety Pack!

“The Best American Mystery Stories” is your own personal sampler box. You can’t ask for much more stylistic range than these selections.
Jan 12, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
The Long and Faraway Gone
it was amazing
"The Long and Faraway Gone" won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback original and picked up a slew of other awards including the Barry, Macavity an ...more
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 23, 2016
The Cut
really liked it
With Elmore Leonard gone, who is the heir to the throne? I nominate George Pelecanos. Urban, tough, cool, gritty, smooth, and real. Real? You know, th ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Stay With Me (Brenna Spector, #3)
really liked it
Put me in the camp that you can read this as a stand-alone. No problem. Alison Gaylin does a great job of slipping in the necessary details and backst ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 17, 2015
KOP Killer (Juno Mozambe Mystery, #3)
it was amazing
Dark, you say? Dystopian? For starters. “Kop Killer” is straight-ahead bleak. Nobody can stop Juno Mozambe. And nobody better try. His nemesis leaves ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
The Weight of Night (Glacier Mystery #3)
it was amazing
Come for the scenery, stay for the characters.

Christine Carbo’s setting for her three books to date—The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall, and the new one, The
Jan 02, 2018
Jan 10, 2018
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