Michael J. McCann

Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Michael J. McCann is the author of Sorrow Lake, which has been shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction. His latest novel is Burn Country, the second March and Walker Crime Novel.

A graduate of Trent University in Peterborough and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, he is the former editor of Criminal Reports (Third Series) with Carswell Legal Publications. He worked for 15 years with Canada Customs (now CBSA) as a training specialist, project officer, and national program manager.

He now lives and writes in Oxford Station, Ontario, where he is the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series and The Ghost Man, a supernatural thriller.

Book Reviews by Michael J. McCann

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“Colin Cotterill has written this one from the heart.”

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“a terrific YA thriller. . . . Peter Blankman’s blurred perception of what’s happening to him intrigues us from the first page to the very last.”

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A teenaged boy's family is murdered before his eyes, and he ends up in the hospital in unstable condition with multiple stab wounds. In a state of shock, he remains unconscious.

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“a terrific addition to your crime fiction library. . . . provides interesting insight into Chandler’s creative processes. . . . you’re going to have fun with this one.”

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Stratos Gazis is a professional contract killer with a conscience.

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A dangerous terrorist named Suliman Cindoruk threatens to unleash on the United States a deadly computer virus that will infect every server in the country.

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“For fans of the Indiana Jones movies and television series such as Fringe, The Anomaly is great escapist entertainment for the summer cottage or those long vacation drive

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“The Pharaoh Key is a bouncing, page-turning camel ride across an exotic landscape we thought had been left behind a century ago . . .”

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Gonzalo Gil is a middle-aged attorney with a failing career, a fractured marriage, and a domineering father-in-law who wants him to give up his practice and work for his own powerful firm, which is

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Sixteen people are found brutally murdered in an illegal gambling club in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis.

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United Nations fraud investigator Valentin Vermeulen is assigned to Mozambique to look into the disappearance of $5 million in UN funding from the accounts of Global Alternatives, a flashy new non-

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Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City in Jeffery Deaver’s new novel, The Cutting Edge, in which Manhattan’s diamond district is gripped by terror.

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When Navajo Tribal Police officer Bernadette Manuelito reluctantly arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for teens in the El Malpais badlands, she discovers that one of the youn

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Do we really know what happened on April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee?

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A woman’s nude body is found in a Helsinki apartment with religious references scrawled on her back.

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“This is a book that will keep you up all night, unable to turn off the light, because the pages almost literally fly beneath your fingers.”

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“Unfortunately, . . . The Escape Artist promises much more than it delivers, . . .”

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Her quarry was a white male, 5’ 9” to 5’ 11”, lean but with the athletic build of a swimmer, size 9–9½ shoes, dirty blond hair, Type A blood.

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Mike Hodge, a reporter with the Tribune in 1920s Chicago, sets off on a quest to find the person or persons responsible for the murder of his girlfriend, Annie Walsh.

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James Grippando won the prestigious 2017 Harper Lee Prize for excellence in legal fiction for Gone Again, his 12th Jack Swyteck thriller, and A Death in Live Oak is the 14th offer

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Need to Know is Karen Cleveland’s first novel.

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“An excellent read from a remarkable storyteller.”

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The most important thing to understand right up front about City of Endless Night, the latest Pendergast novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, is that there are a lot of people who r

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“D’Andrea’s story sweeps away the reader in an avalanche of life-threatening revelations that make Beneath the Mountain a complete success as a debut thriller.”

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The year is 1921, and the place is Bombay, India.

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Nine chapters into a crime novel by an author you might not have heard of before, a guy is driving home in the early morning from his job at a gas station out on the highway.

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If Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published in 1818, is indeed a novel more talked about than read, as Sir Christopher Frayling suggests in Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Year

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“Rack your seat back as far as it’ll go, folks, buckle up, and get ready for another bone-jarring, teeth-rattling truck ride with Jack Reacher.”

Reacher is back.

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David Baldacci is one of the heavyweights of the bestseller business, with over 30 novels published in more than 45 languages in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print.

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“Perhaps the critics who vigorously bash Dan Brown and will instantly trash Origin, with or without reading it, should gently but firmly remove the hockey stick from their posterio

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“Despite the awards, despite the glowing testimonials from the usual lineup of similar authors, and despite the status as a USA Today bestselling author . . .”

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When three American GIs stationed in South Korea during the 1970s go missing, Army Criminal Investigation Division Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom hear rumors that their disappearances are

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"an entertaining, engaging crime novel."

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San Diego-based private investigator Roland Ford has a special talent for finding people, and in The Room of White Fire, T.

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When Cork O’Connor’s new wife Rainy Bisonette receives a garbled phone message from her son in which he seems to confess to murdering someone named Rodriguez, she and Cork rush down from Minnesota

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“perfect summer reading for all of us who desperately need a break from the stress and worry of today’s modern world and depend on the creative power of writers to deliver it to us.”

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Well known for suspenseful novels with clever plot twists, British author Ruth Ware is the New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin

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“highly entertaining and easy to read. . . . despite its length and sheer poundage in paperback is unputdownable. Bravo . . .”

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“We can only hope that Bouman has enough creative capital . . . to produce a better effort next time around.”

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When the remains of a young African woman are found at a Danish lake nicknamed Satan’s Bog, Copenhagen Police Detective Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and his team of detectives are called in to in

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Michael Tanner is an ordinary man.

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Camino Island is John Grisham’s much-anticipated 30th novel. It tells the story of the theft of priceless F.

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“Dragon Teeth is an effective, page-turning combination of historical fact and fast-paced fiction.”

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Lars Martin Johansson, retired head of the Swedish National Criminal Police, stops at a well-known hotdog kiosk for a quick bite to eat before heading home.

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“an uncomplicated, entertaining thriller that’s easy to read and hard to put down.”

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“a ride you won’t want to miss.”

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The Star Wars franchise, with its blockbuster feature films, Disney animated series, and bestselling novels, needs no introduction.

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The kidnapping of a businessman in broad daylight from a street on the Upper East Side draws forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme and NYPD detective Amelia Sachs into the case of The Composer, a myste

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“debut effort . . . ultimately not worth your time.”

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William Brodrick was an Augustinian friar before leaving the order to become a lawyer and a novelist.

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Henry Chang’s crime novel Lucky marks the fifth appearance of New York Police Department Detective Jack Yu.

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Heartbreak Hotel, the 32nd novel in the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman, begins with an enticing hook.

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The Nowhere Man is a good ride down a toboggan run of nonstop action and intrigue.”

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a remarkable accomplishment in literary suspense.”

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Why does a man who has been out of the game for 35 years suddenly become a red-hot target for a military intelligence section determined to remove him permanently from the playing field?

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The year is 1886, the place is Colfax County, New Mexico, and the situation is tense. Deputy Sheriff Tommy Stallings is tracking psychopathic bank robber Jake Flynt and his gang.

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Crime fiction and suspense author Lawrence Block has been publishing for more than 50 years, and his latest offering is a case study in the crafting of a successful anthology of fiction: begin with

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Out of Bounds is Val McDermid’s 30th novel.

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The Knife Slipped is a gift to aficionados of the Cool and Lam series . . .”

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In the spring of 1861, scant months after the secession of the southern states and the commencement of the Civil War, the United States government was faced with a crisis of logistics.

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Playing Through the Whistle captures the story of Aliquippa, a small city of just over 9,000 people in western Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh.

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Every now and again a book falls into your lap that refuses to be ignored. Your fingers, seemingly with a mind of their own, open the cover and begin to turn the pages.

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In 2004, Søren Hammer arrived at the house in Frederiksvaerk, Denmark, where his younger sister Lotte lived with her husband and children.