PAST CRIMES by Glen Erik Hamilton

Harper Collins March 3rd, 2015 Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton is his debut novel starring Army Ranger Van Shaw. It is a book about family and forgiveness, and how circumstances can affect the interaction between people as they embrace and reject their past. Within that story is an action-packed plot that looks at the different aspects of crime. Donovan, “Dono,” Shaw, Van’s estranged grandfather, raised him to become a thief, following in his footsteps. Having had enough of the criminal world, Van exiled himself, abandoning his illicit past, by joining the army. Van, an Army Ranger returns home to Seattle after ten years in response to a...

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S Levinson Reviewed

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO (Five Star) by Robert S. Levinson is the full package, great characters, a superbly twisty plot and pacing that makes it a true page turner. Lainie Gardner was big time in the music industry and her past is catching up with her. Legal problems involving a deceased husband, an ex- boyfriend with a less than legal solution, but maybe the only one.  Complicating things are problems with Sara, Lainie’s teenage daughter who ends up in the middle. I love the way Levinson builds the mystery and suspense, it’s subtle and while reading you find yourself getting more anxious because the he keeps upping the ante of the story and...

Canary by Duane Swierczynski

CANARY Duane Swierczynski February 24, 2015 Mulholland Books   College is supposed to be about bad judgment. This is a time in our lives when we can stay out all hours of the night and still make it to that 8 AM history final. I went to college. I made some bad decisions, but mine pale in comparison to those made by Duane Swierczynski’s heroine in his latest novel, CANARY. Sarie Holland takes bad judgment to a whole new level. Sarie’s life takes a dramatic turn after she gives her boyfriend a ride after a party. Turns out the boyfriend was a low level drug dealer and the Philadelphia Narcotics unit had an interest in his supplier. When...

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE by Lou Berney

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE Lou Berney 2015 William Morrow The summer of 1986 was a violent one in Oklahoma City. Armed robbers killed six employees at a movie theatre, leaving one young man inexplicably alive. A few months later a 17-year-old girl went missing from the state fair, never to be found—leaving her younger sister Juliana behind, waiting for her to return. Years later Wyatt, the movie theatre survivor, is now a private investigator in Las Vegas. He takes a gig that leads him back to Oklahoma City, where he can’t avoid reliving the events of that long ago summer. Little sister Juliana has also grown up, but can’t let go of the...

YOUNG GOD by Katherine Faw Morris

YOUNG GOD Katherine Far Morris 2014 Farrar, Straus and Giroux The dividing line between groundbreaking and gimmicky is very thin. When an author decides to take a risky approach, the results are usually either fantastic or awful. In the case of Katherine Faw Morris’ YOUNG GOD, the narrative falls in a shadowy in-between: it’s on the right side of bad, but never moves into the territory of good. Nikki is the embodiment of hardcore resolve. When her mother dies in a bizarre accident, she ends up living with her father, Coy Hawkins, a man fresh out of prison. She has a place to stay and something akin to a guardian, but Nikki’s really alone in...

THE GOOD LIFE by Frank Wheeler Jr.

THE GOOD LIFE Frank Wheeler Jr. 2014 New Pulp Press The tradition of naming is taken less seriously now than in previous generations, but the responsibility of sharing a namesake has never lost the blessings and curses that come with it. At the heart of Frank Wheeler Jr.’s THE GOOD LIFE, the power and burden of family bonds are the source of conflict as much as they are an obligation for Junior, a prodigal son returning to his hometown to assume his terminal father’s position as sheriff. His father’s name, if not his reputation for spilling blood to maintain order has afforded Junior a great deal of leverage. Along with the office of...