A tale of redemption that will wrap around you and squeeze. You’ll beg for it to keep going at the end.
Reading time: 1 minute Elmore Leonard fans who miss his work might be happy to turn the pages of Lou Berney’s debut crime caper, Gutshot Straight. I write from experience, of course. I’d enjoy a seven-course meal of Elmore Leonard novels with a short story (3:10 to Yuma anyone?) for dessert. Berney took advantage of the […]
Reading time: 1 ½ minutes – Get ready to fall in love with Dixie Dupree. It won’t be love at first sight. She’s turning over her diary as key evidence against her uncle when we first meet her in chapter one. But along the way toward the story’s conclusion, as you discover why she releases her […]
Jack Reacher returns to thrill again Reading time: 2 ½ minutes – Seems every Jack Reacher novel I read is better than the last. I don’t know if I’m getting lucky with the order I’m taking or if I’m just liking him more the more I get to know him. Statistically speaking, it must be […]
Excellent recipe: Mix one part novella with seven parts short story. Delicious outcome Reading time: 2 ½ minutes – It’s telling in all the wrong ways for me as a writer that the cover of Pelecanos’ book says it’s written by the “award-winning writer/producer of THE WIRE.” Pelecanos, to be sure, has awards on his […]
It’s not Kafka’s Metamorphosis, but a dog is an interesting narrator Reading time: 2 ½ minutes – There are three captivating stories here, the finale of which is still being written. Let’s them in order. Story 1. My favorite of the three is a lesson in the art of perseverence. Stein wrote Racing and sent […]
Even after 600 pages, you might want more – and you can get it! Reading time: 2 ½ minutes – If a book’s value can be measured by how much you think about it in the days after finishing, Night Film measures up as a valuable book. That’s not a universal opinion I’ve learned in […]
Welcome a new player to the world of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne Reading time: < 2 minutes – Something seems to draw me to Baltimore even when I don’t try. I can’t get enough of Laura Lippmann. And I’ll never be able to consume too much George Pelacanos. Both of those authors stay close […]