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The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book 1)
The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book 1)
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All action and all great!, July 8, 2016
I had to wait for my pulse rate to get back to normal before I wrote this review - - I hate to use that over-used phrase 'pulse-pounding', but this book is exactly that. I had to control myself and not send money or weapons or anything else to the book's hero - Scot Harvath. You'll want to help him yourself as you read this book. There isn't a page where you can rest - its action, action and more action - - What a great start to this series - and I'm looking forward to all of the Harvath books.

The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 1)
The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 1)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Mickey Spillane, June 30, 2016
I like the writing style of the author - - it is reminiscent of Mickey Spillane - - The story is told boldly and directly using short, concise sentences - - its hard-hitting but with some gentle slopes thrown in - - - it's a murder mystery - although, you sort of guess who the killer is pretty quickly - - - its not so much a mystery as the story of how the main protagonist, former detective, Matthew Scudder, brings about some sort of justice. The city of New York is a strong character - - its streets, bars and temperament are throughout the book - - - This is the first in the Matthew Scudder series and I'm looking forward to reading all of them.

The Last Ranch: A Novel of the New American West (The American West Trilogy)
The Last Ranch: A Novel of the New American West (The American West Trilogy)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Its McGarrity's writing at its best, June 26, 2016
What a wonderful conclusion to the three-book series by Michael McGarrity. Fans of McGarrity's long-starring character, Kevin Kerney, will love this book. Its a continuation of the family history which, by this time, now includes the young Kevin - - its his story as much as the family. McGarrity has done much research into the history of New Mexico and the nation as well. He weaves historical facts into the fictional Kerney family history so well, that you'll end up actually learning something! The three books together are a great story - If you haven't read the first two books its ok - this book stands on its own - its a super effort resulting in a super result!

Come Dark: A Posadas County Mystery (Posadas County Mysteries Book 21)
Come Dark: A Posadas County Mystery (Posadas County Mysteries Book 21)
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Posadas County Mystery, June 20, 2016
If you're familiar with the Posadas County Mystery series you'll find the old gang still present and fighting crime in New Mexico. This book is pretty much all Estelle with some help by Sheriff Bob and good old Gastner. Its a messy murder mystery with an added missing person case - - Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is a smart cookie and she puts all of her well trained crime- solving brain to work trying to figure the mess out. The writing is first class - its fast moving and the New Mexico locales are well described and play a role in the story. If you haven't tried a Steven Havill book yet, this one is as good a place to start as any.

Troubleshooter (Tim Rackley Novels)
Troubleshooter (Tim Rackley Novels)
by Gregg Hurwitz
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Raylan Givens!, June 12, 2016
Move over Raylan Givens, there's a new Marshall in town and his name is Tim Rackley. This book is action galore - its a non-stop pulse-pounding story involving some very bad dudes who ride motorcycles. I don't see how Greg Hurwitz can write any better - - the sentences are short and sweet - the story takes place in Los Angeles and the City and suburbs play an important part - - Hurwitz has put a lot of research into the story and it shows throughout. Its a scary story and one that needs attention.

Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak)
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Action!, June 6, 2016
All I can say is WOW! This is an exciting thriller with lots of action - I'm just now starting to breathe again! Luckily for us this is book one of, hopefully, many, many more. Evan Smoak is the main protagonist but I can't say much more about him - - you need to read about his growth as a man and as a character - - Very good other characters - - the bad guys are really bad and are clearly so - - There is a lot of introspective dialogue with Evan but its the first book and you need to understand what makes him tick. A super exciting book!

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5.0 out of 5 stars serious and funny at the same time about a serious and important ..., May 29, 2016
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Abbey Rayne is excellently written, serious and funny at the same time about a serious and important topic. The story features two important John Locke characters: Abbey Rayne and Dani Ripper - both are needed to tell this story. I had to remind myself, several times, that this book about women was written by a man - - The story is about a murder - brutal, yes, but you'll find yourself rooting for the killer - - - Every page is important to the story or to the characters - you'll love the characters and you'll have learned something from the story - its important.

Vanity Row
Vanity Row
Price: $4.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard, May 18, 2016
This review is from: Vanity Row (Kindle Edition)
W.R. Burnett's writing is reminiscent, to me, of Elmore Leonard. Each sentence is a delight - not so much in what it says but in how its said. The dialogue between the characters sounds just like any regular conversation you might hear today. Vanity Row is, essentially, a murder mystery but the book is so much more - The characters are like any you find anywhere - mostly good but not exactly - - and, the folks who are bad are mostly bad but not exactly. The main character is the Captain of Police who is investigating the murder of a prominent citizen of an unknown city. The one point I deducted is because Burnett does not use an identified city - - it sort of hints around and you sort of guess but, for me, the location is an important aspect of a story and not having an identified city was troublesome. But, that said, this is a wonderful story and a treat to read - I will want to read all of W. R. Burnett's books.

Shotgun (87th Precinct Mysteries)
Shotgun (87th Precinct Mysteries)
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Its a Shotgun alright!, April 26, 2016
Thanks to James Thane for recommending the 87th Precinct series - - Ed McBain is my kind of writer - short, concise sentences and always to the point - with rapid fire delivery. He knows about cops and how they go about solving various crimes. This story is about a double murder - its a tough one - the two protagonists are detectives and partners - they each have a private life but its in the background - the crime comes first. There's only one thing that made me choose four stars instead of five - - McBain doesn't use a real city as the locale - - its a made up city - large and on the East Coast. Ok, maybe its New York, but he uses some other made up name. I'm a reader who likes the city be one of the story characters - - I think its important to the story. So, four stars. But, I loved everything else - - looking forward to reading the series.

Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus Series Book 20)
Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus Series Book 20)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Rebus is on the hunt, April 21, 2016
I've read all of the "inspector Rebus" series - - Rebus is retired now but is called in to help on a police case - - I can't help myself that I miss Rebus being on almost every page - - In 'Even Dogs in the Wild' he is not center stage anymore but is one of a several coppers involved in the case - - - he's not in charge but manages to become a central focus for important aspects - - - Its an exciting case but I just miss the old take charge Rebus - oh well, all things must change. Other characters in the Rebus series are present; Siobhan is there along with Big Ger Cafferty - which is comforting - - Its a good story and will keep you turning the pages.

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