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"
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez (Near-Future Techno-Thriller, 2017). In this high-stakes and high-tech thriller Daniel Suarez peers not quite 30 years into the future. He foresees 2045 as a world where a combination of global warming, ubiquitous 3D printing technology, ultra-cheap robotic mechanization and in particular a revolution in genetic manipulation has radically restructured the human […]Read more "REVIEWED: Change Agent"
My guest review of Joe Hill’s extraordinary horror novel The Fireman at writer D. M. Draper’s site has gone live today. If anybody wants to read my comments on this huge (750-plus-page) and thrilling novel, visit https://www.dmdraper.com/fireman-joe-hill/. And while I’m at it, kudos and thanks to Draper for very prompt payment for my work!Read more "My Guest Review Live!"
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 Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. (Novel, 2005). This 526-page adventure epic followed close on the heels of The Da Vinci Code and proved a bestseller in its own right. I wouldn’t quite call it a rip-off of Brown’s work, but there are conspicuous similarities: a seemingly mismatched pair of modern-day adventurers seek the truth behind a […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Last Templar"
Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd. (Critical Biography, 2016). Hitchcock is, of course one of the most famous and most written-about figures in the history of the film industry. You needn’t take my word for it, either. Merely check out 4-page bibliography lurking at the back of this new book! Naturally, some are books about movies in […]Read more "REVIEWED: ALFRED HITCHCOCK"
The Spy Who Came For Christmas by David Morrell (Spy/Thriller, 2008). I started reading this on Christmas Eve (which is when its set, matter of fact). Morrell is, of course, one of our best and most respected action/thriller writers (the man who gave us Rambo, among others, and a three-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Spy Who Came For Christmas"