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Lake Country: A Novel

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Lake Country is a much better book than I thought it was going to be. A little bit slow to start, it picks up speed quickly.The story concern's one man's search for vengeance, in a perceived miscarriage of justice regarding the family of a comrade-in-arms and the man’s friend and his attempts to save both friend and victim. Add a few crooks to the mix and a psychotic enforcer.. move the action to the seclusion of Minnesota’s Northern ‘Lake Country’, season with a dash of dark humor and intelligent interplay and we are blessed with the recipe for a successful regional mystery, long on suspense! It becomes harder to put down as you are pulled into this seriously, engrossing novel.
The Color of Blood

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This is the second in the Ed Loy series, following "The Wrong Kind of Blood". This is very close to a five star book, and by the next installment, Mr. Hughes moves into the five and a half star range. Declan Hughes never did seem to write a 'first' novel.. he jumped out of the gate writing better than 90% of his peers, and by his third novel he was in pretty rarified company. If you like mystery, noir mystery, with a lot of brutal action, that just happens to take place in Dublin instead of NYC or LA.. you're really going to like the Ed Loy series. Ed's boyhood pal, Tommy Owens, begins taking a larger role in this book. If you recall the old "Rockford Files" TV show and remember Angel.. you'll have a pretty good idea of Tommy's character, if you also picture him extremely dangerous! I almost always suggest reading a series in order, and do in this case also.
Black Fridays

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It would not be a stretch to say that Black Fridays by Michael Sears could easily be my book of the year.. for just about any year! What a storyteller. There is no point in the book where you feel as though you're reading a debut novel by a man who made his living as a financier.The story begins as Jason Stafford is finishing up his prison sentence for creative bookkeeping in the grand scale. He can never work again as the trader that he was, but he can do a little off the cuff investigating into some suspected funny business at a similar company.First, he's got to make a quick trip to the Crescent City and rescue his autistic son, "The Kid", from his alcoholic ex-wife and her sadistic boyfriend.Once he begins flipping over rocks at his new job, things get serious quickly.. and people begin to get hurt. Between the dual plot lines of following the money trail of another gang of Wall Street manipulators and learning to care for and protect his son this is a book that you really don't want to put down.. except that you do want it to last as long as possible also!I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intriguing fiction. This is an exceptionally entertaining story filled with suspense, intelligent humor and characters that you care about. It has a great style! Michael Sears is busy writing his next installment of the adventures of Jason Stafford and The Kid and I can't wait to buy it. Seriously!
Vengeance: Mystery Writers of America Presents

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Mystery Writers of America Presents - Vengeance, was less satisfying than I had hoped for..My personal opinion is that Lee Child is a better author than he is an editor of short story anthologies. I have been slightly disappointed by him before in this regard.Vengeance, it seems to me, is a difficult vice for an author to make seem attractive.. except possibly to the lowest common denominators among we readers. Most of the entries here, even those by the more celebrated authors, were rather pedestrian. One of the joys for me, in reading these anthologies, is finding a previously unknown (to me) author that really intrigues me with their style and their ability to tell a story. Even in this collection I found such an author.. Brendan Dubois. His story, The Final Ballot, is the only one of these twenty one entries, where I recall the protagonist being a sympathetic character.. a person and a situation where we could smile, secretly, and say YES!, when she got her vengeance! I look forward to checking out all of Mr. Dubois' books, with special anticipation to his 'Lewis Cole' series.
Pegasus Descending: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Same song.. different verse! Just another, good old grade A, Dave Robicheaux story. James Lee Burke never disappoints with his tales of hard living and harder dying in the shadow of the Crescent City. 15th novel in the Dave Robicheaux series.
All the Dead Voices: A Novel

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It doesn't make any difference what the plot of this fourth Ed Loy novel is.. Mystery lovers in years past bought a Ross Macdonald story, or a Raymond Chandler, or Dashiell Hammett as now we buy a Robert Crais or Robert Parker or John Grisham book. We know we're going to get the best Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Crime novel available.. the plot is of little consequence.Yes.. Declan Hughes is that good. A talented professional who transports us, vicariously, into his world for a few hours at a time, and makes us feel good that we're able to return to our own relatively safe and sane world, before turning off the lights at the end of the day!
City of Lost Girls

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It doesn't make any difference what the plot of this fifth Ed Loy novel is.. Mystery lovers in years past bought a Ross Macdonald story, or a Raymond Chandler, or Dashiell Hammett as now we buy a Robert Crais or Robert Parker or John Grisham book. We know we're going to get the best Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Crime novel available.. the plot is of little consequence.Yes.. Declan Hughes is that good. A talented professional who transports us, vicariously, into his world for a few hours at a time, and makes us feel good that we're able to return to our own relatively safe and sane world, before turning off the lights at the end of the day!
The Price of Blood: An Irish Novel of Suspense

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It doesn't make any difference what the plot of this third Ed Loy novel is.. Mystery lovers in years past bought a Ross Macdonald story, or a Raymond Chandler, or Dashiell Hammett as now we buy a Robert Crais or Robert Parker or John Grisham book. We know we're going to get the best Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Crime novel available.. the plot is of little consequence.Yes.. Declan Hughes is that good. A talented professional who transports us, vicariously, into his world for a few hours at a time, and makes us feel good that we're able to return to our own relatively safe and sane world, before turning off the lights at the end of the day!
Black Irish: A Novel

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Black Irish is the account of people being brutally slain in a seriously Irish enclave located in Buffalo, NY. The characters would have been just as comfortable in one of Declan Hughes' Dublin stories. The protagonist is Absalom 'Abbie' Kearney.. reminiscent of Carol O'Connell's Katherine Mallory. The story is wound as tightly as Michael Connelly's tales of Harry Bosch. None of this is bad.. none of it is a copycat style. It's the only way I know to tell other readers what a treat they're in for with this story.This is Stephan Talty's first novel, but it's not his first book, and it's evident. His style is very polished and while no book concerning the Irish that even touches on their 'troubles' is uncomplicated, this tale goes down as smoothly as I would imagine a small tumbler of Redbreast Irish Whiskey might! This novel will pull you in and keep you up and the closer I got to the end the slower I read.. savoring the love story that's buried, shallow or deep, in every great story.I saw nothing to prevent Mr. Talty from making this volume one of a very successful series starring Absalom Kearney. I sincerely hope he's hard at work on volume two. It's a book that I'll pre-order in a heartbeat!
I, Sniper

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I had ALWAYS looked forward to Mr. Hunter's novels. However this will be the last one that I purchase. I was completely fascinated with his absorbing stories and not in the blatant diatribes concerning his personal politics, that filled this book.
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