Alyson Richman’s THE VELVET HOURS Reviewed

The Velvet Hours Alyson Richman Berkley Press Sept 6th, 2016   The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman uses a real-life story of an abandoned apartment as her inspiration. Within a historical fiction story readers will learn about the Paris setting as well as the time frame from the 1880s through the period just before World War II. A few years ago an apartment was discovered to have been abandoned for nearly seventy years. Among the treasures inside was a portrait of Marthe by Giovanni Boldini, a famous painter of the 19th century.  Because the facts about these two women are sparse, Richman wrote an imagined tale of Marthe de Florian, a...

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....

DOOM PATROL #1

DC COMICS NOVEMBER 2016   DC’s Doom Patrol has been weird since before being weird was cool. I mean, just because you’re a “super hero” doesn’t automatically mean you’re cool. Let’s face it: if you and Superman were both on the scene to stop Brainiac, or clear the Golden Gate Bridge of cars before a bomb went off, who do you think the press would want to talk to? Chances are, you’re awkward, and never really know where to put your hands. Superman? Effortlessly cool. Always knows where to put his hands. Right. Big Blue every time. The same holds true with fans of the Doom Patrol comic. Readers who tend to feel like they are on the...

J. A. Jance’s DOWNFALL Reviewed Sep24

J. A. Jance’s DOWNFALL Reviewed

Downfall Book 17 in the Joanna Brady series J. A. Jance William Morrow Sept 6th, 2016 Downfall by J.A. Jance is a riveting mystery that also tackles moral issues. She is one of those special authors who never disappoints. While bringing to the forefront some controversial and disturbing issues Jance also has the reader trying to solve the crime of how two women fell to their death. The plot begins with a puzzling case for Sherriff Joanna Brady when two women have fallen or were pushed to their deaths at a mountaintop called Geronimo. She must figure out if it is a double suicide, a murder/suicide, or a double homicide. During the...

Review of ALTAMONT:THE ROLLING STONES, THE HELLS A...

ALTAMONT:THE ROLLING STONES, THE HELLS ANGELS & THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK’S DARKEST DAY Joel Selvin Dey Street Books 8/2016 The free concert at the Altamont Speedway given by the Rolling Stones on December 6th 1969 was destined to fail. It was a machine with many moving parts and no operator at the controls. However, contrary to popular belief, the root causes do not just lay with The Stones or the Hells Angels. Lots of people and minor incidents added to the sum total of it’s abject failure. 1969 was the year the tide turned. The peak was Woodstock. After Woodstock, Charles Manson and the concert at Altamont were the signs...

Review of BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPR...

BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY Heather Ann Thompson Pantheon Books August, 2016 This book broke my heart. I can’t think of the last book I’ve read that hit me on such a profound emotional level. The Attica Prison Uprising took place over the dates of September 9-13, 1971. Roughly 1300 prisoners took control of the prison. They had guards and civilian employees as hostages. In a nutshell, the cause of the riot was prison conditions which were deplorable on many levels. For days there were negotiations for the safe release of the hostages. Then September 13, 1971, the Governor Nelson...