Five Favorite Things – Horror Movies from ne...

1. The Exorcist The Exorcist has the best setup of any horror film. It uses the decency of the characters and the stark realism of the dialogue and the cinematography to suck you in. Father Karras’s goodness, guarded as it is, is something you feel just by looking at his face. He’s suffering over the death of his mother, and he’s questioning his faith in God. He represents most of us, I think, in that he sees how the existence of God gives life meaning, and yet he simply can’t get himself to believe. He has a depth I always wished to see in a priest when I was a kid—but never did. It is against this backdrop—of a man searching for and...

Five Quick Questions With Chris Holm Sep29

Five Quick Questions With Chris Holm

We love the new book by Chris Holm and asked a quick five questions about RED RIGHT HAND.     Jon: After the Anthony Award win in New Orleans do you feel any extra pressure for the book you are working on now? If not, why not? Chris: Honestly, no. My next book will be a high concept standalone. I’m confident that folks will find the premise pretty cool. The only pressure I feel is to make sure the story delivers on the promise of that premise. (No, I won’t tell you what it is yet.) That said, I was sweating bullets over the release of RED RIGHT HAND. It’s obvious that Hendricks struck a chord with people who read...

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....

BRAVO By Greg Rucka

Growing up in Wisconsin every winter we spent a lot of time sledding. The anticipation while climbing a hill towing your sled, jumping on and grabbing the handles like your life depended on it, the rocketing down a slick hill that lasted for hours and seconds at the same time and then the end sitting there dazed and exhilarated wanting to do it again. THAT is what it’s like reading Greg Rucka. And in BRAVO the hill is a mile long and covered in ice. Make a pot of of coffee and grab on tight, you’re in for a Hell of a ride.

WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham

WATCHING YOU Michael Robotham 2014 Mulholland Books Robotham’s continuing characters – retired cop Vincent Ruiz, and psychiatrist Joe O’Loughlin – cooperate as they have in previous books. O’Loughlin has met a young woman as she waited on him in a coffee shop. Her husband and father of her young son has disappeared. Marnie finds herself stuck in a nightmarish limbo, unable to access his bank accounts, cancel automatic bill payments, collect on a life insurance policy, and pursued by a local crime boss seeking repayment of a large gambling debt. Everyone she consults for help only repeats that British law...