Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. Mystery/Crime Novel. Hardcover, 447 pages from Simon & Schuster. January 2018. Cover price: $27.99. ISBN: 978-1-5011-7684-3. Also available in paperback, ebook and audio book forms. Much-acclaimed best-selling author James Lee Burke returns to his most famed character in this, his latest novel. His first-person narrator, Dave Robicheaux, is a steadfastly […]Read more "REVIEWED: Robicheaux"
Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman (Film History/Bio, 2017). Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were, without question, two of the most gifted and popular actors of their era. While they had wildly different politics, in other ways they had a lot in common and they were close friends to the end. In this capably written and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hank & Jim"
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Mystery Novel, September 2017). By my count, this is the 43rd (!) novel about the adventures of near-future homicide cop Eve Dallas (and her team, which includes her super-rich onetime thief of a husband). This time out, Eve has been roped into an unwelcome sit-down meeting with Dr. DeWinter (whose […]Read more "REVIEWED: Secrets In Death"
I’m happy to report that I’ve sold reprint rights for another of my older stories. The story is entitled “Raven’s Last Trick” and no, it’s NOT porn (mind out of the gutter, folks!). It’s a fairy tale-like thing based on Native American (or as the Canadians say First Nations) mythology. It tells of the Haida […]Read more "Mythic Fantasy Story SOLD, Again!"
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (History/Investigative Journalism, April 2017). An award-winning journalist and author of the great best-seller The Lost City of Z, Grann delivers another painstakingly researched and fascinating piece of historical investigation with this book. Among the many terrible betrayals greedy whites inflicted […]Read more "REVIEWED: Killers of the Flower Moon"
Hiddensee by Gregory Macguire (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2017). Best-selling author of many retellings/reimaginings of classic fairy tales (the Wicked Trilogy and the hot play based on it being just a few examples), Gregory Macguire here enters Brother Grimm/Tchaikovsky turf with the lifestory of the fictional character who supposedly created the magical title figure in The Nutcracker Suite. One […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hiddensee"
Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Crime/Mystery Novel, Feb. 2018). Mosley, the best-selling author of the Easy Rawlins series, a multiple award winner and a recognized Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, here unleashes yet another very strong crime/mystery story. Joe King Oliver, the book’s first-person narrator, was a New York […]Read more "REVIEWED: Down the River unto the Sea"