REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross

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 […]

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REVIEWED: Diablerie

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 […]

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REVIEWED: The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini (Mystery/Suspense Novel, 2008). Okay, here’s another older book–though still available in various formats from Amazon (and other places). There is also at least one other, more recent book with the same title (inspired by the same George Eliot quote that leads off this one, no doubt). In any […]

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REVIEWED: 32 Cadillacs

32 Cadillacs by Joe Gores (Crime Novel, 1992). I’ve been reviewing mostly recent publications of late, but what the heck–this is MY blog and I can review whatever I want. This one’s new to me, folks. Besides, even older and out-of-print/used books are easy enough to track down these days. Sooooo this time out I’m reviewing a […]

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REVIEW: Pegasus Descending

Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke, crime/mystery novel, 2006. I really like James Lee Burke’s work. His crime novels are always filled with interesting, complex and three-dimensional characters, and great atmosphere/vividly realized settings. He can be by turns sweet and lyrical, sardonically amusing, and brutally honest–not to mention honestly brutal. I’ve just read this, one […]

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Review: DOLLS ARE DEADLY

 DOLLS ARE DEADLY by Brett Halliday (Detective Novel, 1960, Dell Books). Don’t be fooled by the cover art–the “dolls’ in the titles in this mediocre pulp crime book in the Mike Shayne series are NOT dangerous-if-hot females–they’re voodoo dolls that a mixed bag of victims receive shortly before being ‘offed.’ Oh, well–at least the artist […]

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