The Mysterious Private Thompson by Laura Leedy Gansler (Civil War History, 2017). This true story is a carefully researched and capably written book from the author of an earlier book acclaimed by the LA Times as a Best book of 2002. It’s the latest (and the most even-handed) effort to tell the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Mysterious Private Thompson"
No Middle Name by Lee Child (Crime/Adventure Story Collection, 2017). Lee Child’s extremely successful and prolific series of books about the tough, ruthless yet honorable (at least on his own particular terms) Jack Reacher are mostly novels. Very successful novels–exciting, uncompromising and damned cool. It’s made him a #1 Bestseller several times over. But Reacher (nobody […]Read more "REVIEWED: No Middle Name"
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"
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"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Other Side of Silence"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: 32 Cadillacs"
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 […]Read more "REVIEW: Pegasus Descending"