Some Rise By Sin by Philip Caputo (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2017). This engrossing, if grim contemporary novel is set in and around an isolated desert village in the foothills of Mexico’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Like so much of the country, San Patricio is being torn apart by a brutal drug war of a savagery on a scale that dwarfs even the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Some Rise By Sin"
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2016). Patricia Cornwell has been writing her books about crime-solving medical examiner Kay Scarpetta and those connected to her for quite a while. This recent entry features the expected levels of suspense blended as with effective human drama. It introduces an inventive new method of murderous mayhem that at first […]Read more "REVIEWED: Chaos"
Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke. (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2005). People who’ve read my reviews know I like a wide variety of genres. And of course I have my favored authors. Many of these are very prolific, and that is certainly the case with James Lee Burke. I’m hardly alone in my enthusiasm for Burke, as he’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross"
Brazen by Loren D, Estleman (Mystery/Crime Novel, 2016). A much-honored writer in the mystery and western fiction genres, Loren Estleman’s latest ongoing series involves an amateur detective named Valentino. He works at UCLA as a film archivist and motion picture historian. He lives in a rundown former movie theater he’s slowly restoring and his obsession with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Brazen"
Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler. (Detective/Mystery Novel, 2016). The latest book in this long-running series finds the allegedly elite team known as the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed for disaster. For all their past successes, they’ve always depended on aging detective Arthur Bryant’s eccentric brilliance, tempered by his steady partner John May, to solve […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bryant & May: Strange Tide"
Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. (Mystery Novel, 2017). The above is the 33rd (!) Hamish Macbeth mystery novel by M.C. Beaton; the above is also the 1st of the series that I’ve read. The BBC did a series based on the books in the 1990s (which I’ve never seen, either). Coming in so late […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death of a Ghost"
Diablerie by Walter Mosley. (Pyschological Novel, 2008). Walter Mosley is one highly varied and ambitious author. In this relatively brief (180-page) novel he delivers a stunning psychological portrait of a deeply repressed man who must escape the inertia that has defined his life for decades, while facing-up to a past (and a brutal crime) obscured from […]Read more "REVIEWED: Diablerie"