ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham

Asylum City Liad Shoham (Translator Sara Kitai) Harper Collins Dec. 9th, 2014 Liad Shoham’s latest book, Asylum City, has a riveting plot that involves a mystery based around social issues. This is not a typical thriller since the reader is engrossed not only in the crime plot but also the current issue facing Israelis, seeing the predicament through the eyes of the characters.  The story begins with the murder of activist Michal Poleg in her Tel Aviv apartment. The policewoman assigned to the case, Anat Nachmias, wonders which of the possible suspects could be the perpetrator. Was her killer a disgruntled African immigrant? Or the lawyer...

TOP DOG by Maria Goodavage

TOP DOG: THE STORY OF MARINE HERO LUCCA Maria Goodavage 2014 Dutton Publishers Dogs always seem to be an intricate part of people’s lives. Maria Goodavage’s latest book, TOP DOG: THE STORY OF MARINE HERO LUCCA, is a true story that is also a riveting thriller with action-packed scenes, heart-pounding combat sequences, high tension, and suspense. It is the story of two heroes, one male and one female, one four-legged and her handler. The author shows the passionate relationship between a military working dog and its partner. TOP DOG is the story of a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, Lucca, and her dog handlers, Marine Staff Sergeant...

Mythbreaker by Stephen Blackmoore

Abaddon Books December 2014 There have been many, many, many gods during the course of human existence. I’m not talking about just the Big Three (God, Allah, and Yahweh) and the pantheon of Greco-Roman gods. We’ve got the Norse gods (like that hottie of the silver screen, Thor), the Native American deities, and the gods of Africa and China. Every culture has some greater power that rules the people in some capacity. Whether or not the people of the culture buy what the god is selling is the subject matter for a different magazine or blog. The question here is what happens if all of the gods, ALL OF THEM, are booted from their heavenly homes...

LEGENDS: THE COLLECTION

DC Comics 1993   Here at Crimespree Magazine, we have an on-again, off-again feature called “The Bargain Bin.” The Bargain Bin lets us go on about fun stuff that you may find at your local used bookstore, or even the checkout line at Target. Or… or even a newly added cartoon on the Netflix machine. You get the idea: Fun stuff, cheap. SO. This past Wednesday, I was wandering the shelves at the Local Comic Shop (LCS) and started to get that ITCH. No, not that itch. A topical took care of that. The itch I’m talking about happens when the new books just don’t do it for you that week, and you start prowling around for the PERFECT THING TO BUY. I...

BITE HARDER by Anonymous-9

Down and Out Books 2014     This book is insane. That’s not mere hyperbole. This book is, in fact, not right in the head. Clearly, I needed to finish it in record time. With a huge smile on my face. BITE HARDER continues the adventures of Dean Drayhart, a serial killing paraplegic who was captured by the authorities after the events of HARD BITE (New Pulp Press 2013.) In case the motives of your protagonists keep you up at night, Drayhart isn’t an evil man. He’s a man bent on vengeance. But this punisher in a wheelchair is very specific about who he carries his vengeance out against. Drayhart was confined to his chair in the same...

PAINKILLER JANE: THE 22 BRIDES

Icon/Marvel Comics Paper Films 2014     DISCLAIMER: If you’re not in the mood for action cranked up to “eleven,” then this ain’t the book for you. The adventures of Jane Vasko are not for the faint of heart. “Painkiller” Jane, originally created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in 1995, is an ex-cop who has gained a self-healing ability that makes her impervious to just about any injury. The trick is, she still feels the injury. Now off the force, she helps her longtime girlfriend Detective Maureen Fernandez whenever a case requires Jane’s particular brand of extreme violence to solve. THE 22 BRIDES opens with Jane being caught in a movie...