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The Nice Guys

 The Nice Guys is an adroit balance of  film noir and buddy comedy. It stars Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling as two detectives who must partner up if they are to either get revenge or find the girl. It is one of those movies you end up watching on a regular basis because it is so bloody good and there are lots of little gags and details you missed the last few times.Holland March (Gossling) is a single dad down ... More

The Plea

 The Plea is the second in a series of Eddie Flynn legal thrillers by Belfast born lawyer Steve Cavanagh.Having read—and reviewed—Cavanagh's debut novel The Defence (see link at the bottom of this review), I wanted to see how The Plea would stack up.  I was generally very happy with the result.Murder, blackmail, and larceny.  At a robust 560 pages, The Plea features Eddie Flynn, a clever, quick thinking former con artist who now employs his unique set of skills as ... More

The Second Girl

 The Second Girl is another good thriller from Mulholland Books, the thriller imprint for Little, Brown and Company that includes The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell, Lawrence Block's A Drop of the Hard Stuff, and the excellent Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski to name a few.Frankie Marr is staking out a house used by drug runners. He wants to time his break-in with the moment the house is left unguarded as he plans to take their stash and cash. ... More

The Defence

 The Defence was first published in 2015 and and is out in paperback this year to whet a reader's appetite for Steve Cavanagh's s next thriller The Plea.The Defence begins in an exciting fashion, with hustler turned lawyer, Eddie Flynn being detained by the Russian mob.  This sets the reader up for an exciting voyage.  Flynn is literally wired to blow unless he can secure the release of mob boss Olek Volchek, who is on trial for ordering a murder.  ... More

Before the Fall

 Before the Fall is an excellent novel.  The craziness and fragility of life, with it's synchronicities, and sometimes inexplicable consequences and joys are all wrapped up in a single desperate moment.  There are no accidents.A private plane chartered by the mega rich and equally famous, plummets into the ocean, just minutes into it's flight from Martha's Vineyard to New York.  Left injured yet swimming, is Scott Burroughs, an artist of unrecognized status.  He is towing the only other survivor, the ... More

Stalker - A Joona Linna Thriller

 Those who enjoy nordic noir mysteries will find the fifth installment of the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler to be a good read. The good thing is you do not have to be familiar with the previous four books in the series to appreciate Stalker though I am sure it makes figuring out who's who a lot easier. Being unfamiliar with the series,  I enjoyed Stalker but got a bit lost in the many secondary and tertiary characters ... More

15th Affair - A Women s Murder Club Mystery

 15th Affair is the new Women's Murder Club novel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  It begins with a homicide at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The last person to see the victim alive is unidentified, and missing.  No fingerprints are found at the scene, and two additional bodies are discovered in the next room.  This is only the beginning. Are the murders connected?  Who are the targets?  It is up to Sergeant Lindsay Boxer to find out. The ... More

Maigret Sets a Trap

 It will take most viewers a bit of time to buy Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson as George Simenon's Maigret in Maigret Sets a Trap. Although I know films are not filmed sequentially, I got the impression Atkinson himself had problems embodying the famous French detective and relied a lot on the character's pipe to anchor Maigret as a character.Maigret Sets a Trap has the detective under enormous pressure after four women were murdered in Montmartre. To make this clear to ... More

The Girl From Home

 Adam Mitzner's latest psychological thriller is The Girl From Home.The things we do for love...The Girl From Home begins with Jonathan Caine contemplating his life from a jail cell.  He is a man who embodies success.  He has power, an enviable income, a gorgeous model-material wife, and all the accoutrements of a life on display, where everything he desires is at his fingertips.  Money is no object.   He revels in it.  He aspires for more.  More status.  More money.  More ... More

If I Run

 If I Run is a well-written and engaging thriller by best selling Christian fiction writer Terri Blackstock.Casey Cox is on the run.  There are no ifs ands or buts about it.  She is in serious trouble.  Her best friend Brent is the victim of a bloody murder which nobody has even remotely attempted to conceal.  All immediate and obvious crime scene evidence points to Casey.  Her prints and DNA are everywhere.  Maybe she just snapped.  No stranger to the law, ... More

Hamish Macbeth - Death of a Nurse

 Reading at least one Hamish Macbeth mystery by M.C. Beaton is pretty much a must if you are a fan of the genre. Beaton has created an interesting and original cozy series about the adventures of a policeman in the village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. Death of a Nurse is the 32nd book in the series and as good a place to start enjoying the series.In this installment, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth investigates the death of a young nurse ... More

The Killing Forest

 The Killing Forest is the latest thriller from Denmark's “Queen of Crime”, Sara Blaedel.  Although there are several novels in this popular Louise Rick series, only the last two are listed on Blaedel's English language website.  It appears that not all of her previous novels have been translated.Having taken time to recover from a traumatic event, Louise Rick returns to the National Police to lead the Special Search Agency dealing with missing persons and criminal activity.  She is assigned to ... More