La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (Novel, 2008). This stand alone novel is a gentle, slightly rambling but entertaining, quietly moving and affectionate book set mostly in a small town in rural England in the middle years of the 20th century. Lavender likes the flower but not her name, so she has everybody […]Read more "REVIEWED: La’s Orchestra Saves the World"
The Night Trade by Barry Eisler (Crime Fiction, 2018). This violent and effective revenge book is the latest in a series centered on Livia Lone, a police detective specializing in sex-crime cases in Seattle. A victim of human trafficking and sex abuse herself from age 13, she has a lot of issues (to put it mildly). […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Night Trade"
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Crime Novel, 2017). Lee Child’s ruthless yet compassionate, ex-military policeman returns yet again in this soldily exciting hard-crime novel. This time, Jack Reacher’s constant wanderings around the country bring him to a smalltown pawn shop. There he spots a female veteran’s West Point Class Ring. A fellow graduate of the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Midnight Line"
Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae (History/Politics/White Supremacy Movements, 2018). Massive Resistance is the term social scientists usually give for how some white Americans sought to oppose racial desegregation, especially in the South in the 1950s and ’60s. The usual focus of scholarly and/or academic studies of this history is on the activities of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Mothers of Massive Resistance"
Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Short Horror Novel Collection, 2017). As per the title, each of the four long stories/short novels here make reference, to one degree or another, to abberant weather conditions. All are, of course, horrific in nature and treatment. But there’s nothing repetitive about them. Each tale has a different setting, tone and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Strange Weather"
A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng (Dark Poetry Collection, 2017). This book-length collection of Christina Sng’s poetry offers up 47 darkly fascinating poems. A horrific/doomsday tone predominates, quite often mixed with science fictional aspects. With that in mind, the frequency of narrative/story-telling poems is no surprise. Another recurrent theme interwoven in the fabric of this book […]Read more "REVIEWED: A Collection of Nightmares"
My contributor copy (and modest yet welcome check) for the January 2018 issue of the SF/F quarterly Outposts of Beyond arrived in yesterday’s mail. Thanks to all the good folks at Alban Lake Publishing! Added thanks for thinking enough of my work to put my name on the front cover! In addition to my review piece about […]Read more "Review Column Published"
Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Crime/Courtroom Thriller, 2017). I found this, the 29th book in the series about New York City DA Butch Karp and his wife Marlene, to be a major disappointment. In fact, it makes something of a sour mockery of its own title. It’s a work of paranoid fear as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Without Fear Or Favor"