REVIEWED: Down the River unto the Sea

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 […]

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REVIEWED: The Night Trade

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). […]

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REVIEWED: An Unkindness of Ghosts

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This impressive first novel takes the aspects of a very familiar science fictional trope and uses them as metaphor for the exploration of past and present-day injustices. The trope in question is the generational spaceship, fleeing an Earth ruined by human greed and/or stupidity at relativistic […]

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REVIEWED: The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller, 2017). On the surface, Meghan has a pretty wonderful life. She’s married to a handsome and successful sportscaster. She has two lovely kids and is pregnant with a third. Plus she’s beautiful, elegant and well-educated, and she writes one of the most popular ‘Mummy’ blogs in all […]

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REVIEWED: Penhale Wood

Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]

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REVIEWED: The Floating World

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (Contemporary Novel, 2017). This novel focuses on an multi-racial family struggling to deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The disaster exaggerates and forces them to confront underlying tensions and issues none of them are eager to admit to, let alone confront. Tess, the mother, is a wealthy white […]

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REVIEWED: Trajectory

Trajectory by Richard Russo (Story Collection, 2017). The latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is a collection of four novella-length works. Three previously saw publication elsewhere, while the fourth is new. They all display Russo’s skills in characterization, as well as deftly presenting their various settings. In “Horseman,” a young college professor confronts plagiarism from […]

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