RED RIGHT HAND Reviewed

RED RIGHT HAND Chris Holm Mulholland Books 2016 Michael Hendricks is not a good person. In fact, he is an assassin. When someone wants you dead, he’s the guy you hire to take the other guy out. But keep in mind, he doesn’t really care about you, just the paycheck. However, after an attack on the Golden Gate Bridge, he also becomes the only thing standing between the law and the streets running with innocent blood. For years, a group known only as the Council had turned organized crime into an enterprise mirroring the most successful businesses in the world. It is no longer about fighting for turf, but finding the best ways to make money....

Bouchercon 2016 – Jon’s Take Sep23

Bouchercon 2016 – Jon’s Take

This year’s Bouchercon was a whirlwind for Ruth and me. And now, just a week later, a lot of it is already blurring together. First and foremost a huge thank you to Heather Graham and Connie Perry. This duo did not merely host a Bouchercon but put on a show. Having talked to Connie a number of times in the last year I know how much work they did and it showed in every aspect of Bouchercon. The book room was well organized, the Opening ceremonies and Anthony Awards were spectacular. Aside from panels there were any number of other things going on from teas to special meet and greets. From start to finish they have raised the bar for what...

RED RIGHT HAND By Chris Holm Sep21

RED RIGHT HAND By Chris Holm

This past weekend at Bouchercon Chris Holm won the Anthony Award for Best Novel for THE KILLING KIND. He joins a list of authors who have put out some amazing books and the list of books is like a “what to read” if you love mysteries. If you read THE KILLING KIND you know why people love it. Last Tuesday before Bouchercon started RED RIGHT HAND, the sequel to THE KILLING KIND came out, and let me tell you, it’s a barn burner. It’s like Led Zeppelin, one album is great, the next even better. ( So maybe this is Chris’s Physical Graffiti?) Michael Hendricks used to work for a covert group of the US military but is now a solo act. While...

Review of THE EMERALD LIE

THE EMERALD LIE Ken Bruen September 6, 2016 Mysterious Press Jack Taylor is typically a disaster of a man, teetering between always-tenuous sobriety and dedicated addiction to alcohol and…well, whatever’s handy. Jack drank himself off of Ireland’s police force, the Garda Siochana, twelve novels ago, and he’s been spending his time as a freelance investigator…when he can lift his head off of the bar. THE EMERALD LIE doesn’t spend any time allowing Taylor to flirt with sobriety. The tale picks up shortly after the events of GREEN HELL, with Jack still on the outs with Ridge and suffering the attendant guilt. So, he’s drinking. Because Jack...

Review of The Get Down, Season 1 (Netflix)

The Get Down Season 1 Sony Pictures Television Netflix The Get Down is a mess. It’s a fuzzy mish-mash of genres, chock full of things that make little to no sense. It attempts to lump together elements of superhero movies, musicals, kung-fu flicks, spaghetti westerns, 70’s Blaxploitation films, and god only knows what all else. It’s a fiction, but features exaggerated versions of real people…who are still alive, as are many that were active in the setting. This is expectedly problematic. In general, it’s a bit of a fucking disaster. But, if you can get your head out of your damn backpack, let go of concerns for things like ‘sense’ or...