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reviewed The Kill Order. January 07
The Kill Order
When I first read the blurb on Robin Burcell's "The Kill Order," it seemed like a book with lots of action and entertainment. Fortunately, my assumption was correct and this was an action …
The Devil You Know
When I was offered this book in return for my honest review, I looked forward to an interesting work of suspense. The book hit the spot, delivering  the suspense and provided a new voice in literary …
reviewed Offer of Proof. January 04
Offer of Proof
Charlotte King is robbed and murdered in New York City.  The police see a black man running down the street nearby and bring him back to the victim. She seems to identify him as her killer before …
Spectrum: A Karen Vail novel
In this exciting Karen Vail story, the reader follows Karen's graduation from the New York Police Academy as the first in her class. As a reward for her performance at the police academy, Karen is …
reviewed Black Cherry Blues. December 26, 2014
Black Cherry Blues
In the 1990 Edgar Award winning novel, "Black Cherry Blues" Dave Robicheaux is mourning the death of his wife, Annie.      Dave's troubled college roommate Dixie Lee …
reviewed Remember me like this. December 24, 2014
Remember me like this
In "Remember Me Like This," we follow the Campbell family from a different point of view. Many novels conclude when a kidnap victim returns home. In this well conceived story, it is the start. …
reviewed "Die Again". December 21, 2014
Tess Gerritsen, a physician, has written a long string of well written and entertaining novels about the exploits of Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles.   …
reviewed Deadline. December 18, 2014
Deadline
Virgil Flowers, chief investigator of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is asked to come to Tripton, Minnesota to investigate a scheme where someone is stealing dogs. Many of these dogs …
reviewed A Touch of Nerves. December 11, 2014
A Touch of Nerves
Army Captain Ben Hawkins is ordered to follow up on a report of possible missing material from the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility. He thinks it's going to be a simple matter but he's wrong. …
reviewed Personal. December 09, 2014
Personal
Jack Reacher is doing his thing, traveling around the country without a steady job, living each day as it comes. He lives on his military pension and enjoys a carefree life when he's not actively …
reviewed The Cabinet of Curiosities. December 06, 2014
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" is an exceptional read and an intelligent literary accomplishment.      In New York, a tunnel at a construction site leads to a storage area …
reviewed The Cold Dish: A Novel. December 06, 2014
The Cold Dish: A Novel
Four white high school students lure a female American Indian high schooler to a meeting and rape her in a cruel and brutal manner. The woman, Melissa Little Bird, suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome …
reviewed "The Executioners". November 23, 2014
"The Executioners" has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Something made me pick it up for a new reading. It was such a big hit and the basis for the thrillers, "Cape Fear," in …
Looking for a good read, I found "The Reckoning A John Madden Novel" by Rennie Airth. I've enjoyed that author's books since his "River of Darkness."   This story turned …
reviewed "Blood and Ashes". November 11, 2014
If "Blood and Ashes" was a cold cereal, it would be called snap, crackle and pop, pop, pop.   Ex-soldier, Joe Hunter, is asked for help from a former colleague, Don Griffiths who worked …
reviewed Silent Joe. November 05, 2014
Silent Joe
"Silent Joe" tells the story of fatherly love and admiration mixed with a strong desire to be accepted and to succeed.   Joe's face was scarred as a baby when acid was thrown in …
reviewed A wasteland of Strangers. November 05, 2014
A wasteland of Strangers
Bill Pronzini is an entertainer. Through the entire book, "A Wasteland of Strangers," I had a smile and warm feelings that I was experiencing the lives of a group of characters who had a tale …
reviewed Night Drop. October 14, 2014
Night Drop
Blake Sanders is recovering from the suicide of his son, Cole, and Blake is working as a volunteer in a suicide prevention center.   Later, he receives a call from his ex-wife, Molly, about remembering …
reviewed Over the Edge: A Novel. October 08, 2014
Over the Edge: A Novel
Child psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware gets a call in the middle of the night from a patient he has seen in the past but feels that he let the boy down. Now, Jamey Cadmus is in a psychological hospital …
reviewed The Untarnished Badge. October 08, 2014
The Untarnished Badge
For fans of the novels about the Old West, "The Untarnished Badge," provides a quick and easy read.      The plot seems like old stuff; there is a crooked council running …
reviewed An officer and a spy. October 02, 2014
An officer and a spy
This is an excellent retelling of the Alfred Dreyfus affair that was the subject on most Frenchman's minds in the mid 1890s.      As tensions worsen between France and Germany, …
reviewed Haunted. September 28, 2014
Haunted
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide and part time investigator in the Sanibel Island area of Florida. She's invited to her friend, Birdy's wealthy aunt's home.   When Hannah meets Aunt …
reviewed Passion Power & Sin. September 24, 2014
Passion Power & Sin
Mike Wells has created a clever, interesting financial drama where one victim decides not to take her misfortune lying down.      Heather Bankfort is a young woman trying to find success …
reviewed "The Missing Place". September 24, 2014
In the prosperous oil fields of Lawton, North Dakota, rapid expansion of the business resulted in short cuts from the companies doing the oil drilling and from providing housing for the many men who arrive …
reviewed Bones Never Lie. September 10, 2014
Bones Never Lie
I was excited when I received this book from LibraryThing early reviewers. Once I began reading the story my excitement continued to grow.   Dr. Temp Brennan is called to a meeting of the Cold …
reviewed the wolf. September 07, 2014
the wolf
The Wolf is a name that Mafia boss Vincent Morelli is known as. He oversees an enormous criminal world.   He's devastated when an attempted hijacking of an airline plane departing from LA …
reviewed Inside Man. September 04, 2014
Inside Man
Sam Capra runs a bar in the Coconut Grove section of Miami. One day, his good friend Steve, asks him questions that infer that Steve needs help. He's been providing security for Cori Varela who is …
reviewed Ordinary Grace. September 02, 2014
Ordinary Grace
If I could give this book a six star rating, I would. It's the best book I've read in a long time.      The backdrop of 1961 and Frank Drum is age thirteen. He's excited …
reviewed The Target. September 01, 2014
The Target
"The Target" is an excellent thriller where the reader is presented with one exciting episode after another.      Will Robie and his partner Jessica Reel are given a new …
reviewed The Son: A Novel. August 22, 2014
The Son: A Novel
I listened to this book as an audiobook narrated by Gildart Jackson.  His narration was liesurly to contrast with the action of the story which at times was brutal.      This …
reviewed Cornered. August 19, 2014
Cornered
Det. Matt Brady is attempting to solve what is behind the disappearance of seven attractive women in Temple, Texas.      He's frustrated because every time he gets a lead, it seems …
reviewed Vertigo 42. August 16, 2014
Vertigo 42
This is an absorbing, character driven novel that kept me satisfied as I followed the well developed plot.      The story begins with Tom Williamson, a friend of a friend of Superintendent …
reviewed The Target. August 13, 2014
The Target
There is one action scene after another in this thriller by David Baldacci.      Will Robie and Jessica Reel are summoned to a meeting with Amanda Marks the Deputy Director of the …
reviewed Midnight in Europe. August 09, 2014
Midnight in Europe
The reader witnesses pre war II and the Spanish Civil War.  Set in 1938, the reader learns about the fascists of National Spain fighting against the Spanish Republic.      Christian …
reviewed Sniper's Honor. July 27, 2014
Sniper's Honor
I didn't have to read many pages before I know I'd be hooked on "Sniper's Honor." I just closed my eyes and imagined Clint Eastwood as Bob Lee Swagger.      Bob …
reviewed Cop Town. July 26, 2014
Cop Town
In "Cop Town" the story is about a new police officer in Atlanta.      Kate Murphy is a new police officer but doesn't disclose her Jewish background or family wealth. …
reviewed Close to the Bone. July 23, 2014
Close to the Bone
"Close to the Bone," is a complex mystery with multiple story lines. In one, there is a movie being filmed in Aberdeen, Scotland. Someone is imitating the film by murdering people in imitation …
reviewed "The Drop". July 21, 2014
This story opens shortly after Christmas and we see a group of customers gather to celebrate the life of a missing friend who disappeared after leaving Cousin Marv's bar, ten years ago. The reader …
reviewed Wicked Prey. July 16, 2014
Wicked Prey
I'm a fan of John Sanford and am always entertained with his stories. "Wicked Prey," continues the enjoyment I've had from his books.      The 2008 Republican National …
reviewed Suspect. July 09, 2014
Suspect
This suspenseful action thriller tells the story of K-9 Maggie and her handler, Scott James, LAPD.   As much as any character in the story, it is Maggie who is the hero of the novel.   …
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