From Sea to Stormy Sea edited by Lawrence Block (Short Story Anthology, 2019). Lawrence Block, the best-selling and much-honored author of numerous crime novels and stories, turned anthologist a couple years back. The above title is the 3rd in a series of anthologies he’s edited. In each case, he’s used paintings by famous artists as […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: From Sea to Stormy Sea"
This one is the 6th or 7th of the author’s series of submarine-warfare-focused novels that revolve around ultra-skilled and heroic US Navy officer Jerry Mitchell. This one is set in the very near-future (2021) and, like many military thrillers, imagines a future ‘improvement’ on existing technology to create a more dangerous weapon that Mitchell and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Arctic Gambit"
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Crime Thriller, May 2019). Thomas Harris is most famed for creating Hannibal Lector, but we shouldn’t forget he also came up with the female FBI agent Clarice Starling. In his latest crime novel, Harris introduces us to another strong woman battling extreme evil. Cari Mora is a native of Columbia, beautiful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cari Mora"
The Rule of Law by John Lescroart (Legal Thriller, January 2019). The wily Dismas Hardy heads up a crew of defense attorneys in San Francisco and this is the latest entry in a long-running series about them and their cases. For a legal thriller, this one features almost nothing in the way of courtroom theatrics. The […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Rule of Law"
The Void Protocol by F. Paul Wilson (SF/Thriller, January 2019). This one’s the concluding novel of Wilson’s ICE Trilogy, which itself is a component of the massive Secret History of the World universe that makes up the majority of this award-winning, best-selling author’s writing. That said, each of the three books are perfectly readable separately. While […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Void Protocol"
I’ve been crazy-busy on a number of fronts, as a result this report on doings at the Grand Midway Hotel (and in particular the weekly coffeehouse) is a shameful four days late. My apologies. So anyway, the evening after Halloween night (when Syn and I donned costumes and gave out treats to passersby from the […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 1 November, 2018 (and what followed on Saturday, the 3rd)"
Feared by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery/Law Novel, 2018). The latest in a substantial series of fast-moving legal/mystery/thrillers from this best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author, this one finds the law form of Rosato & DiNunzio being sued for reverse discrimination. Three young lawyers claim they weren’t hired simply because they were men. Additionally, John Foxman, the firm’s only male […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feared"
It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal (Crime/Thriller, 2018). Canada’s disastrous 1950s-era policy of adopting out indigenous children to non-Native American (or as they say in Canada, First Nations) families provides the background for author Sheena Kamal’s novels revolving around Nora Watts. I missed the first of these, The Lost Ones, but this is the second and […]Read more "REVIEWED: It All Falls Down"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
Yesterday was still humid, although air temps eased back to only slightly above ‘normal.’ I attended the latest meeting of Friends of the Windber Library at 5 PM, the most interesting part of which was all the rest of us trying to convince our dedicated Library Director that, visibly ill as she was, she really […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, August 30, 2018"