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The Obsidian Chamber - A Pendergast Mystery

 What a great read!  The Obsidian Chamber is the latest Pendergrast novel by the fabulous writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  It begins in the Massachusetts mansion belonging to FBI special agent Alonysius Pendergast, who is believed to have met his untimely end. His ward Constance has returned to the mansion to seek safety and isolation under the watchful eyes of Pendergast's loyal staff members.  Unfortunately, all hell breaks loose.  Her peace is shattered when she is suddenly ... More

War Dogs- Blu-Ray and Digital HD

 War Dogs is the true story of two twenty-something Americans who found a Pentagon loophole and became very successful international arms dealers … for a while. Though there is a bit more tell than show in the waw War Dogs is put to screen, the end product is an interesting movie with solid performances. Miles Teller plays David Packouz, a twenty-something college drop-out massage therapist who has a bit of larceny in him but does not quite know how to ... More

IQ

 If you are looking for a unique and edgy crime/mystery novel, Joe Ide's debut book may be the one. Isaiah Quintabe lives a tough survival of the fittest life within a raw “street” culture of posturing, gang violence, and criminal activity. He struggles with demons from his past, and ways to make things right, becoming an unintentional hero in the process. Driven and scarred by witnessing a serious unsolved crime, Isaiah teaches himself to become vigilant and notice details. ... More

The Candidate

 The Candidate is the second thriller in the Erica Sparks Newsmaker series by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart.With the U.S. Presidential election looming, the timing of Wiehl and Stuart's novel is noteworthy.  Erica Sparks is an enthusiastic and dedicated newscaster who has risen from the ranks to become a respected household name and easily recognized television personality.  Working in a highly competitive field, she finds her ratings waning as fresh faces test the market share.  She is happy to be ... More
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The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel

 In The Wrong Side of Goodbye detective Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent. One of the many reasons for this is Coonnelly knows his readers are intelligent so he occasionally leaves a subtle tell that keeps them a step ahead of Bosch ... More

Woman of God - with Maxine Paetro

 The prologue of Woman of God, is set “20 years from now”.  It is Easter Sunday.  Amidst great stirrings and controversy, a new pope is about to be chosen.  The rumour is, she could be a woman.Woman of God, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro follows Brigid Fitzgerald, a church-loving woman who has her faith tested by many trials and tragedies that occur during her life.  From her challenging upbringing, to her selfless doctoring in the war-ravaged Sudan, she experiences ... More

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

 Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness is the debut novel by David Casarett, MD.  It is the first in a series about The Ethical Chaing Mai Detective Agency rooted in Thailand, where Ladarat Patalung is the nurse ethicist at Sriphat Hospital.  Right before a crucial government inspection, Khun Ladarat is approached by police detective Wiriya Mookjai.  He needs her access to hospital records.  Apparently, it is not the first time that the same woman has brought a dead husband ... More

Razor Girl

 Carl Hiaasen is the master of Florida weird; the over the top comic small-time crime novel. Any Hiaasen novel guarantees a wild ride with lots of bizarre characters and turns of events and Razor Girl does not disappoint. Razor Girl is Merry Mansfield who is an expert at rear-ending target vehicles while shaving her cooch. The novel begins with her hitting the wrong vehicle and this gets Hollywood agent Lane Coolman in trouble. Lane Coolman is in Florida to find ... More

Rise The Dark

Rise the Dark begins in Montana during late winter, when heavy wet snowfalls can still cripple a community.Sabrina Baldwin and her husband Jay are relaxing in the comforts of their new home in Red Lodge, when the lights flicker, and then go dark.  An expert in high voltage power lines, Jay must suit up to locate and rectify the problem.  After he leaves, Sabrina is confronted by a strange, frightening man who has gained silent entry to her house.  Unknown ... More

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