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Nelson DeMille – Radiant Angel

In recent years, cold war novels have been period pieces, harkening back to the post WW II era — through the late eighties when the Berlin Wall came down. Our old adversaries, the Russians, were now our friends. Well, not so fast. Nelson DeMille, who was years before his time in writing of the strife […]

Jeffery Deaver – Solitude Creek

Solitide Creek is Jeffery Deaver’s latest Kathryn Dance tale. Deaver is at the top of his game and Dance is a compelling character who has been absent from his writing far too long. Set in Carmel/Big Sur, a hired killer creates chaos by confining crowds in small spaces and basically yelling, “fire!” Is he a […]

Stephen Hunter – I, Ripper

Stephen Hunter has found an innovative way to tell the oft-told story of the notorious Jack the Ripper. He uses two diaries, one from Jack himself, the other from an Irish reporter assigned to cover the cases. The spot-on Victorian vernacular used is a joy to read and Hunter reveals how he came to write […]

David Baldacci – Memory Man

Baldacci does it again—-a new character! In Memory Man, Amos Decker is blessed and cursed. A football injury has caused him to have what is commonly called a photographic memory. This seemingly good thing is actually a double-edged sword in his case, since he can’t repress the memory of the horrible deaths his family suffered. […]

Erik Larson – Dead Wake

Erik Larson continues his series of historical “novels” with Dead Wake, the Last Crossing of the Lusitania. I use the term “novel” but it is strictly non fiction — written with a novel’s colorful narrative . Larson goes so far as to assure you that any dialogue that appears between quotation marks is directly from […]

Alex Berenson – Twelve Days

Alex Berenson continues his John Wells series with Twelve Days, a thriller involving an attempt to coax the United States into invading Iran under false pretenses. Alex explores the situation from all sides, and keeps his well drawn characters (including the villains), both rational and compelling. In our chat, we talk about the Iranian nuclear […]

Barry Day – The World of Raymond Chandler

Barry Day’s The World of Raymond Chandler defies categorization. It is mostly fiction, as the subtitle, In His Own Words, implies, although Day strings together the Chandler passages with his own narrative. The book also features Chandler’s letters, which are decidedly non fiction. Reading this book will make you want to read or re-read Chandler’s […]

Robert Knott – The Bridge

Robert Knott has taken up the mantle of the late Robert Parker’s Appaloosa series, Cole and Hitch continuing as the main characters. Knott previously was the screenwriter for the Appaloosa film staring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, but had never written a novel before. The characters and the tone are Parker’s, and the storyline seems […]

Dean Koontz – ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn

Dean Koontz loves golden retrievers and his new book, ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn is a hilarious take on advice columns. Koontz writes as Anna, his golden, posing as a DEAR ABBY for dogs with social problems. Dean lovingly creates what humans intuit dogs to be thinking, and the result is a […]

Clive Cussler – The Eye of Heaven

The indefatigable Clive Cussler has two novels out now, The Eye of Heaven, a Fargo Adventure and his 23rd Dirk Pitt entry entitled Havana Storm. As usual, he begins both with a historical event in prologue and asks the question, “what if?” Both books use a co-author, Russell Blake in Eye and Clive’s son Dirk […]