Review of MatchUp

MATCHUP Edited by Lee Child with 22 bestselling thriller authors June 13th, 2017 Simon & Schuster   MATCHUP edited by Lee Child is the sequel to the first anthology, FaceOff, published three years ago. In both cases twenty-two bestselling authors collaborated to write eleven riveting tales. All are members of the International Thriller Writers who donated their stories and time with all the proceeds from the books going to support the dues of the ITW membership. In this latest edition, the stories flowed and the characters worked seamlessly together to solve the case, in part because each author read at least one of the other’s...

Review of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING

NOTHING SHORT OF DYING Erik Storey 2016 Simon and Schuster When it comes to crime fiction, escaping the clichés necessary to write a novel with mass appeal while also offering a unique, fresh reading experience is almost impossible to achieve. Erik Storey’s NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, however, pulls it off, and the author does so in a way that is even more impressive: with his debut. Rough men, violence, guns, shady pasts, a new love interest, and drugs are all classic elements that can be found in this narrative, but Storey uses them wisely inside a mold that is entirely his. The result is a novel that belongs next to those of Jeffrey Deaver...

Shane Kuhn: The ASSET Interview

Jon: Shane, I’m a huge fan of the your John Lago books so I need to know, are we going to see more of him? Shane: Absolutely. I will never abandon my soul brother John and soul sister Alice. And as long as people keep asking this question and wanting to see them again, I will keep writing books in that series. I have a concept for my next Lago novel and I think people are going to love it. It will be more outrageous than the first two books combined and I plan to work on it over the next several months. Jon: Where did Kennedy (THE ASSET) come from? He’s quite different that John Lago… Shane: Like all of the characters I write, Kennedy...

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs Reviewed

SPACE CASE Stuart Gibbs 2015 Simon & Schuster SPACE CASE by Stuart Gibbs is a clever “whodunit” set in the year 2041, where NASA has rebooted and has made a permanent human colony on the moon, cleverly dubbed “Moon Base Alpha”. The story revolves around a 12 year old Hawaiian boy named Dashiell Gibson, a lunarnaut. Dashiell was sent with his family up to “Moon Base Alpha” because both his parents are brilliant scientists who were thought to do some good on MBA. They were told it would be full of all the comforts of home. The friendly description was far from the truth. Firstly, there were no murderers back home. Secondly, there was not...

Books & Movies That Grabbed Me and Never Let ...

There’s a lot bubbling under the surface of Japantown. Partly because I travel a lot. Partly because I look at a lot. And partly because I’m an American who has lived in Japan for more than two decades. I also maintain a rather dicey policy: I’ll try anything once. A relic from my more restless days. As a result, my curiosity ranges far, wide, and wider. I look for something extra. Call it substance, soul, or an extra ounce of magic. What follows is a sampling of stories—on paper and celluloid—that left me glued to my seat. BOOKS WITH AN INTRIGUING FOREIGN ELEMENT The Steam Pig by James McClure. Maybe the first guy to write a mystery about...