“James Lee Burke may be the only novelist north of the Rio Grande who would dare to combine hardboiled noir with regionalism and magic realism.
“Despite the classic investigations that Poke leaps into, with violence and threat and red herrings and regret, Poke Rafferty is a person who cares enough to listen, to experience, and to c
“The Last Trial is another excellent courtroom drama by a proven master of the legal thriller.”
“filled with biting wit and smart dialogue, with a twist of an ending the diehard mystery reader won’t see coming—and an epilogue featuring the most ironic surprise of all.”
“Wendelboe’s main character is a survivor of the Great War, a one-eyed marshal in the manner of Rooster Cogburn, a little cantankerous, still remembering the horror of that war, but determi
“If the creative writing technique failures don’t bother the reader, they may enjoy the story itself. Otherwise, it is a three-star book.”
“Pretty as a Picture is a fun, slightly eerie, definitely scary look at real murder in a make-believe world.”
“Be warned: Once you pick up the book, you won’t put it down until the end.”
“She Lover of Death is yet another example of why the Fandorin novels are so popular.
“How well we think we know those closest to us. And then, what a shock to the system it is to find out we don’t know them at all.”
“No matter how well you know someone, you can never fully know what’s in their heart and mind. Eight Perfect Murders proves the point.
“It’s a riddle of a crime that will put both Sheryn and her partner through the wringer before they can stamp this particular casefile ‘Closed.’”
Linda Green’s stunning novel chronicles the cost of keeping secrets; the longer deeds go unrevealed, the more toxic they become, until the past threatens to overwhelm the present and poison the fut
“One Day You’ll Burn is a successful debut . . .”
“Told with the voice of a literary master at the top of her craft, the pace may be too slow for thriller readers, but for those who love a strong literary voice in their genre fiction or th
“J. T. Ellison skillfully unwinds a complex tale of lies, deception, and murder spiced up with backstory and well-fleshed out characters.”
“as the story progresses, the reader finds not merely a mystery but the story of a family cursed to have history repeat itself not once, but three times.”
“Those Who Came Before is a tale built on the ‘sins of the fathers’ premise, hinting that DNA may carry more than eye color and an ethnic background.
“Barker creates tension and suspense through strong chase scenes and face-to-face conflict with good and evil . . . even with good and good!
“Clearly inheriting the mantel of Jim Thompson and Donald Westlake (and admittedly strongly influenced by them), this walk-on-the-dark-side author will also appeal to readers of early Garry
“Fans of Virgil Flowers will love Bloody Genius, as will fans of Lucas Davenport and the Prey series.
“With a diverse and colorful cast of characters, and two very challenging crimes to solve, The Empty Birdcage is a delightful telling of the relationship between a pair of siblings
“The Dead Beat Scroll is a delicious casserole of crime noir.
“Tash Aw pulls no punches.”
To keep blood pumping through the veins of a dead novelist’s characters can be a risky undertaking, especially when those characters are as beloved as Robert B.