THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah

The Carrier Sophie Hannah Jan 13,2015 Putnam Pub. The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. This story offers deep insights into interpersonal relationships through the different character’s personalities. The plot begins when Gaby Struthers, a scientist who has an innovative technology company must room with Lauren Cookson, a caregiver prone to hysteria. They are stuck in Germany overnight when their plane is...

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBain Jan23

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBai...

Hard Case Crime has announced they will be publishing two long lost novels by mystery legend Ed  McBain. The two books, which were both published in the 50s, were written under pen names and have been out of print for over fifty years. SO NUDE, SO DEAD was McBain’s first crime novel and tells the story of a piano prodigy turned heroin addict who wakes up in a seedy hotel room to find his companion of the night before – a beautiful singer and fellow addict – murdered in bed beside him. On the run from the police and growing desperate for a fix, he has to find the real killer or face a date with the electric chair. CUT ME IN is the story of a...

DARK SPIES by Matthew Dunn

Dark Spies Book 4 in the  Spycatcher series Matthew Dunn October  2014 Harper Collins Fans of thrillers have lost major author icons Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy. If they are looking for someone who might live up to these legends, try Matthew Dunn. He writes about espionage and takes the reader on an intense journey with every storyline. His latest, Dark Spies, is a riveting and gripping novel whose main character, Will Cochrane, is a lot like Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, each willing to throw personal safety aside to protect their country. Of this strong Spymaster series, Dark Spies is probably Dunn’s best. The storyline and characters are so very...

SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson

SPECTRUM Alan Jacobson Open Road Media October 2014 Book six of the Karen Vail Series Spectrum by Alan Jacobson is a very interesting thriller as it explores the main characters’, Karen Vail’s, backstory. Through a serial killer case that has haunted Vail for twenty years the author gives insight into her professional development: who were the people that influenced her, and her tenacious desire to pursue the criminal. The chapters in the book alternate from present day back to her first days on the job. Jacobson commented, “While writing her as a rookie cop in her early twenties I was nervous at first. But after the first paragraph I saw...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to write about Sherlock Holmes Jan16

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to write about Sherlock Holmes

This one took me by surprise: NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is teaming with writer Anna Waterhouse to tackle Sherlock Holmes in MYCROFT HOLMES, a Sherlockian novel slated to be released, by Titan Books, this fall. Kareem and Anna have a relationship that evolved over the production of ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, an award-winning documentary about the Harlem Rens basketball team. The two are now turning their attention to one of Kareem’s loves: Sherlock Holmes. I had no idea, but he apparently is a huge fan and has been for decades. Abdul-Jabbar first met the iconic detective through the Basil Rathbone films. He then, early in his NBA...

Throwback Thursday Jan15

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday for January 15 2015 looks back on MONKEY’S RAINCOAT. In 1987 Bantam published THE MONKEY’S RAINCOAT by Robert Crais, it introduced Private Detective Elvis Cole. The following year at Bouchercon in San Diego the book won the Anthony award for Best Paperback Original, beating Lilian Jackson Braun, THE CAT WHO PLAYED BRAHMS; Carolyn G. Hart, DEATH ON DEMAND; Conrad Haynes, BISHOP’S GAMBIT, Declined; Lia Matera, WHERE LAWYERS FEAR TO TREAD and Sharyn McCrumb, BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN (One of my all time favorite book titles). It also won 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for Best First Novel;...