PANDEMIC by Scott Sigler

PANDEMIC Scott Sigler Publisher: Crown Release date: January 21st, 2014 Trilogies are a strange animal. 3 separate pieces that make up a whole. Now as you know, it takes time to write even 1 book let alone 3. During the time it takes to write those 3 pieces of the puzzle, all sorts of things can happen. For instance, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it started out strong. Then in the 2nd movie you had the motherfucking Joker. That nutjob lit the screen up. But then, Heath Ledger died and everything changed. The question becomes about how do you end strong when the key piece is gone? You have to take the remaining pieces and form an...

ONE MORE BODY by Josh Stallings

Heist publishing Release date: October 6th, 2013 Ever since I discovered Josh Stallings I have constantly wondered why he isn’t more known. Stallings is like an indie punk band whose records are only known to the hippest few who are in the know. That is a cool thing but at the same time you know that if there ever was a band that deserved to be playing arenas, it’s this one. However, Stallings isn’t for everyone. He pulls no punches. If you are of the squeamish nature and dare to enter his world, he will hold you by the scruff of your neck and force you to take a long look at some serious demons. One More Body is the 3rd book in the Moses...

The Skies Belong To Us-Love and Terror In the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner Nov08

The Skies Belong To Us-Love and Terror In the Gold...

I’ve spoken of this scenario before. I see a book at the library. I pick it up and think it looks cool but ultimately end up putting it back on the shelf. That repeats itself 3-5 more times before I finally get the book out. 9 times out of 10, the book I put back all those times turns out to be fucking badass when I finally do take the plunge. I can’t help but wonder if said book would be as cool if I grabbed it the first time I spotted it. So this true story is a forgotten piece of history and it’s a doozy. Fuck I just used the word doozy. Anyway moving right along, the concept of hijacking an airplane is an old school phenomenon....

SHOT All TO HELL by Mark Lee Gardner

I love Westerns. Ever since I was a kid, it didn’t matter if it was John Wayne or Clint Eastwood or if it was some fantasy like spaghetti western or a Sam Peckinpah sweat drenched nightmare. Also I didn’t care if it was based on historical fact or was the creation of some long forgotten screenwriter. I just loved westerns. My dad turned me onto them when I was very young. I will forever be thankful for that. As years passed, I’d start to learn more of the history surrounding certain legends portrayed in the films I’d grown up with. Like for instance how Wyatt Earp wasn’t that much of a hero or that Billy the Kid was a complete psychopath....

Whitey Bulger-America’s Most Wanted Gangster and t...

WHITEY BULGER W.W.  Norton Pub date: October 7th, 2013 In June 2011, I was having a conversation with a co-worker about the fate of Whitey Bulger. I took the position that he was dead. I figured somebody found him, dropped him and made the body disappear. My co-worker firmly believed he was still alive. I figured if we found Bin Laden, we should have been able to locate an Irish Mobster from South Boston. Anyway literally a week later you could imagine my surprise that Bulger had been captured in California after 16 years on the run. I was blown away. I couldn’t fathom anything else but the motherfucker being dead. Then I thought to myself...

DEAD SET by Richard Kadrey

DEAD SET Harper Collins Pub date: October 29th, 2013 Sometimes something comes out of left field. Something that you least expected. Something that you never saw coming. You could call it a surprise if you like. Sometimes those can suck. Others can turn out to be pleasant experiences. So I got this package in the mail a week or 2 back. It contained a copy of Richard Kadrey’s new stand-alone young adult novel. That right there gave me pause. I thought to myself “Richard Kadrey wrote a YA novel….holy shit”. It didn’t take long for my surprise to give way to curiosity. I needed to get to the bottom of this. It’s not like I expected to be...

The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

Little, Brown & Company Publication date: Sept 10th, 2013 I’ve written before about how I feel Joe Lansdale is one of the 2 greatest living crime writers. In my eyes, the man can do no wrong at all. Something about his style just grabs me by the throat and leaves me with a sensation that I can’t ever get enough of. I was hooked on page one of Lost Echoes which is the first book I ever read by him. Lansdale is the kind of writer who aspiring writers should read every word the man has put down on a page. Off the top of my head, there has only been one book by Lansdale that I felt didn’t reach that spot for me and that was his last, Edge...

KILL CITY BLUES by Richard Kadrey

HarperCollins Publishers Pub date: July 30th, 2013 It’s nice when you get to a point while reading a series of books that you get to consider the characters friends. You get the new book in the series and you can’t wait to see what your friends have been up to since the last time you checked on with them. Because every time you finish the previous one you wish there was more and you can’t wait for the next. I’ve mentioned my affinity for “scrappy individualists against the world” before. So part of me thinks considering the main characters of the Sandman Slim series friends, well it makes me think I might be the slightest bit twisted....

SKINNER by Charlie Huston

Mulholland Books Pub date: July 7th, 2013 There are very few authors that truly excited me. There are 3 that turn me into a complete fan boy geek. Those are James Ellroy, Joe Lansdale, and Charlie Huston. Those are the guys who I get all giggly over the release of a new book from. Books by those guys to me are the equivalent of new Star Wars films or Game of Thrones episodes to others. Charlie Huston finally has a new book out called Skinner. It’s been a long awaited release. Huston doesn’t have much of an online presence so it wasn’t like you would see a Facebook update mentioning working on a new book. There was total radio silence....

Deal With the Devil by Peter Lance

Harper Collins Pub date: July 2nd, 2013 I am what you could call an amateur mafia historian. I find that shit fascinating. I read just about everything I can get my hands on. Lately I’ve noticed things in new releases. What I thought was true history has started to change. This thing called the freedom of information act has leveled the old playing field. I’m beginning to see that many of the books I one time took as gospel are actually no better than fiction. People are starting to see the difference between the facts and the legend. Greg Scarpa was a capo for the Colombo crime family from the early 1960s until his death from AIDS in the...