REVIEW OF THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS

THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS Alex Grecian G.P. Putnam’s Sons April 17, 2018   With his latest novel author Alex Grecian is moving in a new direction with a new series, a new era, and a new setting, Kansas. Another book that took place in that state, Wizard of Oz has a famous line “Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh My.” Replace that with THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS and readers have the title of this new book. This intriguing story involves Travis, a man who chases down evil-doers with help from his trusting companion, a dog named Bear, and a Kansas State Trooper, Skottie who join forces to track down a Nazi in hiding. Grecian wanted to...

REVIEW of WARNING LIGHT

WARNING LIGHT (Zac Miller Book 1) David Ricciardi Berkley Press April 17th, 2018     WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi creates a Jack Ryan type character that is on the run from Iranians.  Readers are reminded of a former TV series The Fugitive, with this novel being a 21st Century re-make, foreign style. The protagonist, Zac Miller, has to become a survivalist in order to escape. Ricciardi enjoys the outdoors and wanted to write about something “I know about and I am at home around nature.  I spend a lot of time in the woods and desert.  Once my family and I took a plane that dropped us off in Alaska.  We were alone, without any...

REVIEW OF BENEATH THE SURFACE

BENEATH THE SURFACE (Dive Team Investigations Book 1) Lynn H. Blackburn Revell Pub. March 6th, 2018   BENEATH THE SURFACE by Lynn H. Blackburn has both suspense and romance although it has more of an emphasis on the relationship between the two main characters, Leigh Weston and Ryan Parker. It is interesting how she weaves everything in the plot around the Dive Team, including relationships between the team members, the victim, and the outside experts.  The sarcastic banter between the characters allows for a humorous interlude. Because she wants to emphasize the character interaction, she noted, “When we pitched the series my editors...

REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

BIRTHDAY GIRL MATTHEW IDEN March 20, 2018 Thomas & Mercer A good thriller is only as good as it’s hook, and with BIRTHDAY GIRL, Matthew Iden hooks the reader right in the heart. Iden introduces us to Sister, one of the most chilling villains I’ve yet come across. Sister is collecting children. She’s plucking them from broken homes in the DC area. She brings them home and locks them in her rundown house. The one on the edge of the woods with the boarded up windows and locked doors. She dresses them in old time-y, Howdy Doody-style clothes. And almost worse of all, she renames them. She gives them the names of her lost family. And then...

Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

THE LAST STAND Mickey Spillane March 2018 Hard Case Crime On March 9th of this year (2018) Mickey Spillane would have been 100 years old. As a fan of mystery novels I think this is reason to celebrate. Apparently, the good folks at Hard Case Crime agree because they are releasing a previously never published book by the master, and also published for the first time, the last novel he wrote complete. In the introduction for this book Max Allan Collins, both a Spillane scholar and friend to the late hard-boiled icon, some of the history is explained. A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION (a novella length story) appeared to have been written around 1952...

Review of BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA Nicolás Obregón 2017 Minotaur Books The best thing about Twitter is coming across new novels all the time. Nicolás Obregón’s BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA popped up a few times in my timeline, always with praise attached to it, and I decided to get my hands on a copy. Ten pages into it, I was glad I had done so. A brooding, bloody, unexpectedly emotional narrative set against the chaotic backdrop of Tokyo, this novel brings together a series of disparate elements an a likeable, flawed main character and makes them dance with a few revamped clichés to an entirely fresh rhythm. Inspector Iwata has been recently reinstated to the...